Battery Life Issues

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Battery Life. I have a Model 01512 weather station. When new, the 5-in-1 sensor battery life was great. The initial set lasted over 18 months. But since then, the life continues to deteriorate. The latest set lasted less than a month. I took the unit apart, and could not find any corrosion or shorting paths.  From previous posts, it appears that, once the battery life starts deteriorating, there is no solution other than to replace the sensor.  Is that correct?  If so, it's pretty disappointing.  when $100+ a unit lasts less than 2 years, it doesn't say much about the quality, or make me want to buy another AcuRite.  Do you have any suggestions or hielp?
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Jon008

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Henry,

I found the problem with mine eating batteries was the ribbon cables being kinked. Pull off the black cover once you open the sensor and carefully inspect all cable and their connections to their boards. If one is pulling, it could be arcing.
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Thanks.  I took mine apart, and didn't find any kinked ribbon cables, nor any other obvious issue. However, I was surprised and dismayed to see how poorly the unit was made.  The circuit boards are not conformal coated to prevent salt fog from causing corrosion and invisible shorting paths.  I'm in coastal Florida, and no wonder the unit is failing.  Everything electronic is unprotected from the air.  Also, I was dismayed to find that the plastic is starting to crack.  The wind bucket axle has several large cracks, and the level has cracked and failed.  I expect the other plastic exterior parts to start failing.  You'd think a "weather station" would be built to withstand the weather.  Not this one.   Or AcuRite should caution buyers it's not suitable for coastal Florida.

Apparently my only solution is to buy another 5-in-1 sensor unit.  My unit is out of warranty, so AcuRite won't do anything.  Fat chance -- why buy another sensor that will have the same problems.  Good money after bad.
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If there is corrosion, that is likely the problem. The black cover is supposed to protect the electronics. You can buy a new wind spoon only from acurite store for $5. I had to replace mine due to cracks as well. They must have had a bad batch, because the replacement was much thicker on the helmet portion. I would be willing to bet you have water going down the spindle underneath what you call the "wind bucket". You may need a whole new fan portion. You can buy that as well.