5 in 1 weather station Rain sensor magnet no longer close enough to reed switch to register tipping motion

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Tested with volt meter - can only get reed switch to work when I removed protective cover and position reed switch closer to tipping cup magnets.
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Jeff Segroves

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Jeff Segroves

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Hey Acurite, is there a fix or even a comment/suggestion for this problem! Anyone out there!
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Your post must have gotten buried in all the other noise.

One thing I've noticed is that the protective cover housing the reed switch seems to have a lot of "play" in it.  You may have to jiggle it down to where it should be closest to magnet.

Other than that, I can't think of anything unless the unit is still under warranty.
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There really is very little play with the protective cover due to the alignment slots inside for the sensor circuit board and how the entire assembly rests on the brackets.  I can only get the reed switch close enough to the tipping cup magnet with the protective cover removed and positioned a good bit closer together than the assembly would ever allow. 

Obviously it worked for a period of time and something changed to make it stop working.  Can the magnet become weaker?  Can the reed switch circuit board somehow become weaker?  Everything else works just fine - and of course I have performed the cleaning steps and rests several times before I stumbled across the reed switch testing I tried.  Nothing is obviously warped - appears to be something weakened in the eletronicals...

My wife wants her rain readings back!  I am hesitant to spend more on this system if reliability of the monitoring mechanisms are going to be a problem - so, have not yet purchased the new hub until I can figure out whether the basic system can be made operational.  Any and all serious suggestions would be greatly approeciated.
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Hello Jeff,

We would recommend replacing the sensor.  When and where was this purchased? 
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Purchased thru Amazon in August 2016.  Been trying to figure out this problem for about 6 to 9 months off and on - going thru the cleaning, leveling, and finally testing the reed switch contacts with a volt/ohm meter after reading some posts.  I figure at this point it is out of warranty, but sure expected a part/subsystem like this to last a whole lot longer.
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Is it possible to get a replacement reed switch circuit board?  That level of repair part does not appear on the Acurite parts web page.
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Jeff,

We apologize but that is not a replacement part that we have. At this time we would recommend replacing the sensor. 
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Jeff, if moving the reed switch closer to the magnet causes it to work, then it's not the electronics. The reed switch is fatigued, the reed switch contacts are corroded from an air leak, or, the magnet has weakened from excessive heat. The heat required to weaken the magnet would melt the 5in1 shell, so it's the reed switch that's failing. Get some of the same size from Ebay or remove one from an old Radio Shack reed relay. The orientation is critical in the 5in1 - a flat side(not an edge) of the internal metal reed must be facing the magnet.
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I agree with John. The best solution is to get a reed switch off Ebay and have someone cut out the old switch and solder in a new one. Any NO ( normally open) reed switch of the same aprrox size will work.
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I would really like to to get a replacement rain sensor circuit board - then just have to deal with 2 wires connecting to the main circuit board.  That I can handle - if I can get Acurite Support to read this and let me know if that is replacement part is available...
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Jeff,

We replied above on the thread. At this time we would recommend replacing the sensor. Please let us know if there is anything further we can assist you with. Thank you.
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Since this is part of a 5-in-1 and not a standalone sensor can this be repaired by Acurite?  If so, and knowing what the problem is, can you provide an estimate of the cost?  Then we can get the ball rolling to fix this issue - which I desperately want to do. 

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Hello Jeff,

We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced. At this time we do not have a repair service outside of the warranty period.  For your convenience, I have provided links to the 5in1 sensors we offer below. Thank you.

https://www.acurite.com/5-in-1-pro-weather-sensor-temperature-humidity-rainfall-wind-speed-wind-dire...

https://www.acurite.com/5-in-1-weather-sensor-temperature-humidity-rainfall-wind-speed-wind-directio...