Why Does My Scale Keep Giving Erratic Readings?

If you’ve been struggling with inaccurate weight readings from your scale, it’s time to find out why so you can improve scale accuracy. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore four potential causes of erratic scale readings and how to fix them. 

Stay tuned and you’ll be back to getting accurate readings in no time!

1) You’re not Calibrating your Scale Correctly 

One potential reason why your scale might be giving you inaccurate readings is that you’re not calibrating it correctly. 

Most scales need to be calibrated periodically in order to ensure accuracy. 

Check your scale’s manual to see how often it needs to be calibrated and follow the instructions carefully. This should help solve the problem of inaccurate readings. 

You can also contact your scale’s manufacturer if you’re having trouble calibrating it correctly. They may be able to provide additional guidance or troubleshooting tips.

2) You’re Using the Wrong Type of Battery 

Each weighing scale has a specific type of battery that it requires in order to function correctly. If you’re using the wrong type of battery, it could impact the accuracy of your scale’s readings. 

Be sure to check your scale’s manual to see what type of battery it needs and make sure you’re using that specific type.

If you’re unsure about which type of battery your scale needs, you can always contact the manufacturer for more information.

If you’re using the correct type of battery but your scale is still giving inaccurate readings, it’s possible that the batteries are simply old and need to be replaced. 

Try replacing the batteries and see if that solves the problem. 

3) Your Weight is on an Uneven Surface

Weighing scales need to be placed on a level surface in order to function correctly. If the floor you’re standing on is uneven, it could affect the accuracy of your scale’s readings. 

Try moving to a different location, preferably a hard, flat surface and see if that solves the problem. You can also buy a weighing station from MWS.

If you don’t have access to a level surface, you can try placing your scale on a piece of cardboard or another flat object. This will help create a level surface for your scale to sit on.

4) Your Scale is Damaged or Defective

If you’re still having trouble getting accurate readings, it’s possible that your scale is damaged or defective. This can happen if you haven’t been taking proper care of your scale or if it’s been dropped or otherwise damaged. 

If you think your scale might be damaged or defective, the best course of action is to contact the manufacturer. They may be able to help you troubleshoot the problem or replace your scale if necessary. 

Weighing scales are an important tool for businesses, so it’s crucial that they’re functioning properly. 

We hope this blog post has helped you troubleshoot the problem of inaccurate readings from your scale. 


MWS can help you with all your weighing scale needs. 

Contact us today for more information!