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Sensors for Appliances

Sensor Types for AppliancesWith the help of sensors, today’s smart and green appliances are built using more efficient designs, meeting the latest regulations while saving energy, water, and time. Customers rely on sensor technologies to enable appliances to respond to human touch, sense vibration, adjust to loads, and operate more efficiently. 

IDM Instruments distribute custom sensors that can be integrated into modern appliances. There are available custom solutions that can monitor humidity and water levels, and temperature.

Incorporating sensors into appliances can contribute to new levels of convenience and productivity in a wide range of household appliances, including:

  • Clothes dryer sensors 
  • Cooktop sensors
  • Dishwasher sensors
  • Household oven sensors
  • Microwave oven sensors
  • Refrigerator sensors
  • Small appliance sensors
  • Washing machines sensors

Sensor Types for Appliances 

Piezo Film Sensors

Piezo Film Sensors

The piezo film sensors provide durable vibration, accelerometer, or dynamic switch elements for a wide range of markets and applications.
Torque Sensors

Torque Sensors

Our torque sensors use advanced strain gage technology to satisfy the most demanding requirements for static and dynamic applications.
Vibration Sensors

Vibration Sensors

Our supplier has 20 years of designing and manufacturing vibration sensors based on proprietary Microelectromechanical System (MEMS), bonded gage and piezoelectric ceramic/film technologies. Voltage mode piezoelectric is the most popular accelerometer design due to its high level output and wide bandwidth.
Water Level Sensors

Water Level Sensors

We are a leading supplier of of water level and water quality sensors. Our expertise in media isolated pressure sensors offers unique advantages in creative product development and consistent product performance.


Applications of Sensors for Appliances 

Clothes Dryer

  • Humidity sensor monitors process humidity and stops the dryer when clothes are dry
  • Thermopile measures clothing temperature to prevent overheating and fabric damage
  • Force sensor measures payload weight at the beginning of the cycle


  • Magnetoresistive (MR) sensor and magnet verifi es spray arm rotation
  • Temperature sensor measures water temperature and controls heating elements
  • Liquid level sensor monitors water level and detergent dispenser level

Small Appliances

  • Temperature sensor measures liquid and heating element temperatures in toaster ovens, coffee makers, and popcorn poppers
  • Humidity sensor monitors relative humidity and steam production for espresso machines, and clothes steamers

Washing Machine

  • Temperature sensor measures water temperature and controls heating elements
  • Pressure sensor monitors water level
  • Vibration sensor detects out-of-balance conditions during spin cycle
  • Proximity sensor verifi es door closed and latched before start of the wash cycle
  • Force sensor measures payload weight at the beginning of the wash cycle

Microwave Oven

  • Humidity sensor monitors food moisture content during cooking
  • Thermopile measures food temperature without physical contact
  • Force sensor measures food weight on the turntable

 Household Oven

  • Temperature probe monitors cooking temperature
  • Temperature sensor monitors pyrolytic cleaning temperature and controls door latch


  • Temperature sensor monitors glass surface temperature for cooking control and “hot” indication lights for user safety