To ensure long life and accuracy, pressure gauges should preferably be used at an ambient temperature between –20 and +150°F (–30 to +65°C). At very low temperatures, standard gauges may exhibit slow pointer response. Above 150°F (65˚C), the accuracy will be affected by approximately 1.5% per 100°F (38˚C). The pressure gauge should not be used outside of its rated temperature limits as noted on the Data Sheet specific to that gauge. At temperatures above or below these limits, the gauge accuracy will be significantly reduced and the possibility of gauge failure may exist.
High Temperatures or Corrosive Process Media
In order to prevent hot media such as steam from entering the bourdon tube, a gauge siphon or pigtail filled with water should be installed between the gauge and the process line. A cooling tower may also be used to reduce the temperature effect on gauges. A chemical or a diaphragm seal made of stainless steel or other exotic materials should be used to protect the wetted parts from corrosive media, or media that will plug the instrument.
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