02048-RX issues

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We received the acurite 02048-rx for Christmas. Followed the setup and installation as describe and tada weather on the wall. Last week the unit flaked out and the readings went crazy. 158 to -12. (comfy 60 outside). Read all the trouble shooting steps and post I could find. Reset the unit re-positioned the unit and still not registering. The light on the sensor is flashing and I have noticed that with each flash the outside readings change. I am really concerned as I see that this is a common issue with these units. Will I have to replace the sensor every month? Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated. And yes I am using energizer batteries and they are new. 
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Michael Weidner

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Posted 4 months ago

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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Michael,

We have replied to your other thread.

 Please correct me if I am understanding wrong. You are stating that every time the red light flashes on the sensor your temperature changes? Please try the following steps that you may have done already but there should be some added steps in it.

You want the display and sensor to be at least 3 feet from electronics such as televisions, microwaves, computers & radios. Follow the battery guidelines below:

•Verify you are using fresh alkaline batteries or lithium batteries (when temperature is below -4oF/-20oC) in sensor.

•Quality brand batteries are recommended, including Duracell, Rayovac, Energizer, or Kirkland.

•Verify batteries are fresh. The battery expiration date should be at least 6 years out. Batteries can lose 3% power or more every year in storage.

•Heavy duty, extra strength or generic / store brand batteries are not recommended for use with AcuRite products because they may cause performance irregularities due to the way these types of batteries disperse power. Each battery should not exceed 1.6 volts.

•Rechargeable batteries are not recommended for use with AcuRite products because they may cause performance irregularities due to the voltage instability of these types of batteries.

•Mixing different battery types (brands, old/new, etc.) is not recommended.

If you are following the battery guidelines perform the hard reset steps below:
1.Bring both the sensor and display unit indoors side by side.

2.Remove batteries from the sensor.

3.Remove batteries from the display unit and unplug the AC adapter (if applicable). Once this is done hold the reset button on the back of the display for about 10 seconds. You may need a paperclip or toothpick to press the reset button depending on what the model number is.

4.Wait 1 minute to ensure any remaining battery power is discharged from both units.

5.Change the A-B-C channel on both the display and sensor making sure they both match.

6.Reinstall batteries in outdoor sensor first.

7.Reinstall batteries in display unit second. Press the reset button for an additional 10 seconds. Go ahead and set the date and time once an outdoor signal is received.

8.Let the units sit within a couple feet of each other for 30 minutes when comparing for accuracy
* The display should receive the signal within several minutes.

9.After a connection has been established you may place the sensor outdoors.
*If the signal connection fails after the units are separated try a new or different location for the display unit, the sensor or both.
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Well I posted this on the other forum post but just to make sure I have covered all my bases I will repost here. Okay let us re visit the numerous post made here. I have reset the unit as per suggestions, I have confirmed the batteries recommended. And yet no positive results have been achieved. This is kind of a never ending loop as to repeat a negative result through a repeated attempt to achieve a positive outcome. So let us start at square one. The unit has been reset, the batteries meet the requirements as per your help section. The exterior unit is approximately 4' from the interior sensor and as the exterior sensor flashes it LED light the readings on the interior device switches. This is not a cry for help from a layman looking for a hand out for a free product, but a consumer looking to utilize the functions of the weather device he installed to give him an outlook of the conditions outside. If I wanted a rough guess I would watch the news.
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Michael Weidner

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Well when reading my post I realized that it may be misleading. The exterior sensor is set 4' from the interior unit for the purpose of syncing up. NOT the original location of the sensor. The original location is approximately 20' from the base or receiving unit.
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Hello Michael,

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. We provide these troubleshooting steps and battery recommendations to ensure all troubleshooting has been exhausted.  We have emailed you at the email address associated with your community forum account. Please check your inbox. Thank you.