My Outside Temp Is Too High

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I have the model AcuRite 02027A1 Color Weather Station.  I have had it about 6 months and I have just found this forum now so I am looking for help from Tech Support.  My outside temp is always about 20 degrees to high when the sun is out.  When the sun is down the temp is correct. Everything on the inside seems to be correct.  I have moved the sensor 4 times now and it is not in the direct sun at all.  At this very moment it is under the awning in my shed and direct sunlight does not touch it.  I even moved it indoors once to see what would happen and it did the indoor temp correctly.  Please can you help us?  The outside temp is the thing we need the most and so far it has been totally useless.  Thank You.
Tom
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Tom Franceschi

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Harold Ashe, Champion

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I have 2 tower sensors like yours and the one in my sunroom where no direct light ever hits it runs about 15-20 degrees higher temps during the day than its counterpart in the shade of a large birch tree.  If I had to guess, then, I would think it's picking up radiant or trapped heat from somewhere like my sunroom sensor.  If you have a good sized shade tree, try hanging it from one of the branches inside the canopy.
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Thermometers should be away from buildings, roofs, roads, and trees as much as possible. They should be in an open area over grass at a height of 5-6 feet inside a solar radiation shield (google it, and make or buy one)  to not only protect from the elements, but from false readings. I have tried many locations, and this is the only way to get proper data. If you do it any other way, you will either be too cool, to warm.
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Hello Tom,

Please try the troubleshooting steps listed below. If you continue to have this issue, please contact AcuRite Customer Support at 877-221-1252.  Thank you and have a great day!

Batteries:
•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.

Hard reset:
- Bring both units side by side and remove all batteries, unplug display if it has an ac adapter
- Change the ABC Switch to a different setting and ensure that both are on the same setting. example - If on A, move both to C
- Place batteries into the outdoor sensor first
- Place batteries into display
- Allow units to sit side by side until they connect.
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Tom Franceschi

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Thank you everyone.  I will give everything a try.
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I have tried the things suggested by the employee from Accurite and that does not work as you can see from the picture there is a 10° difference in the outside and the temperature for the inside devices as I have them side-by-side
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AcuRite Tori

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Hello floy11,

In the battery compartment you will see a white sticker that reads QC with 4 numbers. Can you please tell me what these 4 numbers are? Thank you.



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Jade

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Mine isn't working either and I'm up in the mountains where the temp changes often. I really depend on my accurate on a daily basis :(. Today it's 35. My accurate says 97 ???
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AcuRite Tori

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Hello Jade,

 Can you please provide us with your model number? When and where was it purchased? We would be happy to assist you. Thank you.
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Interesting. I have the same problem with my Accurite 7507702A weather station. I've moved it all over the yard, under the eaves, up and down trees, and even on the ground and the sensor is always indicating about 15F higher than actual temperatures. For a while, I had it on a tree right next to a traditional mercury dial thermometer and it was constantly wrong. 
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Hello Thomas,

What is the name brand of the batteries you are using in the weather station? We would recommend the troubleshooting steps below:

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 and position them side by side.

2.Remove all batteries from the sensor.

3.Remove all power from the display unit including the adapter (if applicable)

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

5.Inside each battery compartment you'll find an A-B-C switch, change the channel to the next setting making sure they both match.

6.Reinstall batteries in outdoor sensor first.

7.Reinstall batteries (and/or connect AC adapter) in display last.

8.Let units sit within a couple feet of each other for 3 minutes to ensure a wireless signal is received.
*The display should receive the signal within several minutes.

9.After a connection has been established let the sensor and display sit together for at least 30 minutes without touching them. After the 30 minutes compare the readings. They should be within 4 degrees of each other. If the issue persists please let us know.  
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I was having problems with the 5 in 1 reading 20 degrees warmer than actual temp. Removed bottom to verify that the fan was working and found that spider with strong web had stopped the fan and rain gauge from working so after I cleaned and removed the spider all is well with the unit!