01512 i( mounted 20 ft up on pvc pole 30 ft from display) not operating at all at times

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01512 is reporting 10 + higher temp than other station near by, not show rainfall, and only has signal to display every now and then ( mounted 20 ft up on pvc pole 30 ft from display)
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George D. Nincehelser

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The best I can suggest is that you concentrate on your signal problem.  If it's only connecting "now and then", any other data is likely untrustworthy.  

If you have anything less than "full bars" on the console, you are losing data.
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Hi Nick,

I recommend by starting with a hard reset to try and solve the connection problem first. The following steps should help to resolve any issues you have been experiencing with your unit. 

Before proceeding with the reset, please check your batteries. We recommend that the batteries meet the following criteria: 

• Verify you are using standard alkaline batteries such as Rayovac or Energizer. Lithium batteries can be used in the outdoor sensor if you are in a location that will frequently see temperatures below -4oF/-20oC. (Rechargeable batteries, as well as batteries that indicate a heavy-duty quality are not recommended, and may cause irregularities.) 
• Verify that you are using a fresh set of batteries. The battery expiration date should be at least 6 years out. Batteries can lose 3% of their power or more every year in storage. 

1. Bring both the sensor and display unit indoors and position them side by side. 

2. Remove all batteries from both the sensor and the display unit. (If the display has an AC adapter, please unplug this, as well, to completely power down the unit.) 

3. Locate the A-B-C ID switch inside each battery compartment. Make sure that the two parts are set to the same position. Please change both parts to the next available letter on the ID switch, as this can help to reset the unit. (Inside the battery compartment, you will see a small, white sticker with a 4-digit number. Please let us know this number.) 

4. Reinstall batteries in outdoor sensor first. 

5. Reinstall batteries (and/or reconnect AC adapter) to the display last. 

6. Let both sensor and display sit side by side to establish connection. (Leaving the devices side by side for 30 minutes will allow you to verify accuracy by comparing the indoor and outdoor readings shown on the display. For accuracy standards, please visit http://www.acurite.com/accuracy.) 

7. After a connection has been established, the sensor can be placed outdoors. 

If you are still continuing to have problems, please let us know so that we can further help you.
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I finally got a ladder to get up the pole to my outside sensor and performed the reset and changed id switch on the units. The number on the sticker is 4414. The rain gauge had stopped working a while back and still does not work, and the temperature is still high during the day. It seems that the signal is better in the evenings, but still no rain readings. I do have it mounted properly in the open, level, and solar panels oriented to the south.
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Hi Nick,

Please use the link below to watch video on how to open and clean your sensor properly.  If you find that this does not resolve the problem, please let us know so that we can help you further.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IQouEzdPqDw
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It sounds as though you have multiple problems, so you'll need to work through them one by one.

First, your signal issue...  You say it seems the signal is better in the evening.  Are you judging the signal from the LCD console or on MyBackyardWeather?  

If you're doing it from the LCD console, the indicator should always be at full bars.... anything less means you're losing data.  So if your LCD console isn't showing full bars during the day, but does at night, something is going wrong.

Second, the rain gauge.... Did you try to run some water through the gauge?  If you do this, you should here a click-click of the rain buckets tipping back and forth as they fill and empty.  If you aren't hearing such a sound, you'll need to open up the sensor and inspect the buckets to see why they aren't moving freely. 

If the rain gauge worked before, but then suddenly stopped, a common cause is insects building nests around the rain buckets.  I've had problems with spiders building egg sacs near the pivot point.  It doesn't take much spider silk to gum up the whole works.

Third, the high temperature problem... temps running around 10F degrees high during the daytime often indicate the fan isn't running or the wind tunnel leading to the fan is blocked.  This could be due to a bad fan motor or insects building nests in the wind tunnel or around the fan.  I had a lot of problems with spiders this summer... they love building egg sacks in the wind tunnel and may even attach them to the fan itself.  (see pic below to see how bad it can get.  I've had this happen 4 times so far this year.).

Otherwise, your fan may just be defective and you'll need to explore your warranty options with Acurite. 

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The only way you will know for sure what is going on is to take the 4 screws out of the bottom of the housing and check for debris and insects. One of the screws is located way down where your pole mounts, so a long phillips screw driver is needed. Be sure to not turn the two visible screws for the rain gauge.

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