high temperature reading

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As many other people have posted, the temperature reading in direct sunlight is too high (it is not 110 degrees here!). My 5 in 1 unit is free from nearby obstructions and mounted in the open to a 7 ft. post. I've cleaned the unit and the fan is running. From the other posts I've read, it sounds like there's no good solution and that this unit just will not work accurately. Any other solutions? We paid a lot of money for this and I'm not happy that something as basic as temperature is inaccurate.
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Ellen Gauntt

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Winston

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Do you have the dual solar pannel upgrade? That cured the problem I have read, And no problem here
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Harold Ashe, Champion

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Ellen, you might need to disassemble your sensor again and take a look at the temp/humidity sensor chip "window" to make sure a spider or some other critter hasn't taken up residence in there.  Usually, if the fan is running as it should, temperatures will be good.
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Ellen,

Are you using a single solar panel Wind Cup Assembly or a duel solar panel?  If your fan is running and you live in an excessively sunny or cloudy area, we would recommend upgrading the Wind Cup Assembly to the PRO+ assembly.  Have a great day!
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Ed Lembcke

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I'm facing the very same issue.  I have a dual panel model and cleaned the fan/temp/humidity sensor.  Mounted about 15 feet off the ground in an open area.+10 degree reading compared to others around me.  The only other option I can think of is to move it to an area that does not get blasted all day with direct sunlight at this point yet still in a relatively open area.  As the sensor reads the air temperature it should be relatively correct.  AcuRite does this sound like a good move?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Ed,

We would recommend the steps below:

If temperature readings appear inaccurate (too high), verify the internal aspirating fan is running by opening the 5-in-1 sensor and visually inspecting the fan. If the fan is blocked by debris, most obstructions can be cleared with a gentle puff of air.

To open the 5-in-1 sensor, you will need: Philips-head screwdriver
5-in-1 Outdoor Sensor

Step 1.
Remove the four outer screws on the bottom of the sensor. Keep the screws for re-assembly.
  • Note: Be careful not to remove or adjust the rain calibration screws located beneath the rain gauge.

Step 2. 
Separate the upper and lower halves of the sensor.

Step 3.
Check the fan for debris, such as insects or spider webs. A gentle puff of air can clear most obstructions safely.

If no debris appears to be blocking the fan, position the top white portion of the sensor (that has the solar panel) in direct, bright sunlight. The fan should power on immediately without any assistance (such as a nudge). Note: Artificial light, such as flashlights, cannot be used as a substitute for actual sunlight. Also, overcast days may not be sunny enough to power on the fan.

Step 4.
To reassemble the sensor, bring the two halves of the sensor back together.

Step 5.
Reinstall the four outer screws to join the upper and lower portions of the sensor together.



If this does not correct the problem, please call AcuRite Customer Support at 877-221-1252. Thank you. Have a great day!
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Ed Lembcke

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I have done all of this before.  Fan runs but I think it's simply not powerful enough.  Regarding my comment "The only other option I can think of is to move it to an area that does not get blasted all day with direct sunlight at this point yet still in a relatively open area.  As the sensor reads the air temperature it should be relatively correct.  AcuRite does this sound like a good move?"  Thoughts on this?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Ed,

You can try to relocate the sensor if you would like. We have emailed you at the address we have on file, requesting some further information. Thank you. Have a good day!
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William Bruce

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I check my 5 in 1 temperature during the times of brightest sun and the temperature may be as much as 3 degrees warmer than my high/low thermometer outside in the shade.  It is placed approximately 17' above grade.  I prefer not to move because of its good exposure to wind.   I have placed my Taylor high/low thermometer in a bowl of ice and water and within minutes the  temperature  went down to 32 degrees.  Therefore, I believe that thermometer to be reasonably accurate.  That was a suggestion I found online.   I will, though, eventually upgrade to a two solar panel model for better accuracy.  I live in the Pacific Northwest where we will experience a lot of overcast in the next few months that may help some in the meantime.
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Try taking the batteries out of the sensor and move the little channel switch over and back (A B C) This may help to correct bad data... It resets the hardware. When finished, make sure to have the switch on the right letter matching your console, or you will have dashes on your temp, humidity and wind display.