What is the Best HVAC Multimeter?

By | April 9, 2020

What is the Best HVAC Multimeter
Having a good multimeter when working in the HVAC field is a must have tool.

Basic meters can read AC and DC voltages with a few other features but an HVAC meter needs to do much more.

For example, an Amp Clamp to quickly read amps that are being pulled by a motor or compressor is a must-have feature. At least in my opinion.
What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Fieldpiece SC660
There are many meters to choose from with those below simply our favorite picks.

Be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.

*This post contains affiliate links.

Our Picks for Best HVAC Multimeter

  1. Fieldpiece HS36
  2. Fieldpiece HS36 Expandable Autoranging True RMS Stick Multimeter w/Backlight

    The Fieldpiece HS36 has been available for a while now and is still one of my favorite models.

    Even though its been available for many years it is still one of the more widely used meter in HVAC.

    It is not only good for a new tech but even a seasoned professional.

    It has a simple layout and LCD display along with attachments that can expand its ability.
    What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Fieldpiece HS36
    The best attachment is the Amp clamp which quickly shows an amp load by clamping on the hot wire.

    Having an Amp clamp can be invaluable such as checking if a condensing fan motor is over amping.

     

  3. Amprobe ACD-14-PRO
  4. Amprobe ACD-14-PRO Digital Clamp Multimeter

    The Amprobe ACD-14-PRO is another good meter that also has an Amp Clamp.
    What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Amprobe ACD 14 Pro
    The layout is nice and simple with the Amp clamp built-in.

    One nice feature is it can show both the amp load and voltage at the same time with 2 readouts.
    What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Amprobe ACD 14 Pro 2
     

  5. Testo 770-2
  6. Testo 0590 7702 770-2 Clamp Meter, 43 Mm Height, 96 Mm Width, 243 Mm Length

    The Testo 770-2 is another popular unit with a built-in amp clamp.
    What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Testo 770-3
    It has auto ranging and is and like most all modern HVAC meters is a True-RMS unit.
     

  7. Fieldpiece SC660
  8. Fieldpiece SC660 Wireless Swivel Clamp

    The Fieldpiece SC660 is a very nice unit that is much like the HS36 but updated.

    It has a lot of nice features and options and like the Amprobe can show 2 reading at the same time.

    Both the Amp load and voltage can be displayed at the same time.
     

  9. Southwire 23070T
  10. Southwire Tools & Equipment 23070T MaintenancePRO 1000A TrueRMS AC/DC Clamp Meter, Multimeter with 11 Measuring Functions

    The Southwire 23070T id also a good meter that has 11 features built-in including an amp clamp.
    What is the Best HVAC Multimeter Southwire 23070T
    It works well but the screen can be difficult to read at times and must be looked at straight on.

Summary
When it comes to a good HVAC multimeter often one is not enough with most techs having two or more.

If you are just starting out and looking for a good basic budget unit it is hard to go wrong with the Fieldpiece HS36.

It has all the features needed for an HVAC tech to get a unit running.

If you have more money to spend the Fieldpiece SC660 is a very nice unit with many added features.

Of course, any of the above units will be good for the HVAC field and give the reading needed to troubleshoot and fix HVAC problems.

Do you have a favorite HVAC meter? Let us know in the comments below.
 


 




 

4 thoughts on “What is the Best HVAC Multimeter?

  1. Jim Davidson

    Meters are only good if they can sample FAST enough to get accurate readings. IN rush amperage ring a bell? If you meter samples at one second intervals, you’ve missed the boat on compressor startup.

    Reply
  2. Throttle

    Low amperage and small wire gauge is hard to read on large clamps. for best readings you’d need multiple size and rated meters, not very practical 🙂

    Reply
  3. Joesph

    FP SC440 has yet to let me down. Love it. Everyone has their own preference though and that’s cool. Great vid man

    Reply
  4. Jeremy Myers

    If you had a choice between the Fieldpiece SC660 and the SC460, the 660 being priced at $300 and the 460 priced at $180, which would you choose?

    Reply

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