Not recording Rainfall

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My model # vn1txca2 is no longer recording rainfall.  All of the other features are working but rainfall is not.  I removed the wedge when I installed it several months ago and it has been working but for some reason recently stopped.  I removed the unit and made sure nothing was clogged in it but it is still not operational.  Thoughts?
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Darren Orsag

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Posted 8 months ago

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Ledrak

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Darren you said that " you removed the unit and made sure nothing was clogging it" but did you take it apart and make sure something didn't get up inside and is blocking the tipping buckets from moving?
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Bill Martin

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yep, like a spider web........
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I did not.  I will have to look at that today.  Any recommendations on how to take it apart?
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look at uset manual, it has several screws to remove but you need to make sure the screw is not the rain calibration screw
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Ledrak

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Darren there a 4 screws around the outside of the unit, 1 is in the hole for the mount, do not touch the 2 screws in the middle they are for calibration. You can also find videos of how to here https://www.acurite.com/kbase/General/5-in-1_Sensor_Installation.html#maintenance and on you tube.
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Hello Darren,

The following instructions will help you open the sensor and clean the inside. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.

Clear Debris & Insects from the Rain Gauge on the 5-in-1 Sensor •Watch the video: http://www.acurite.com/5in1#cleaning
•Items Needed: 5-in-1 sensor, Philips screwdriver, damp cloth, car wax, toothbrush (optional), moth ball (optional)
1.First, open your 5-in-1 sensor by removing the (4) four screws from the bottom. The screws toward the center of the sensor are for Rain Gauge calibration only. Do not adjust these screws.
2.After your sensor has been opened, remove any insects, cobwebs, or debris. An old toothbrush can help to clean out the hard-to-reach places.
3.Use a damp cloth to clean off the rain gauge tipping buckets. •Note: The damp cloth should only be used to clean the tipping buckets. Do not use to clean any other internal components.

4.Place a small amount of car wax on a soft cloth and wipe down the tipping buckets to ensure that rain flows through smoothly.
5.To further defend against insects crawling into your sensor, you may place a moth ball in the nook, near the tipping buckets (shown in video). Adhere the moth ball to the sensor with a piece of tape. •Note: Insect repellant may be used for additional protection, but should not be sprayed on the internal components or into the sensor.

6.Reassemble the 5-in-1 sensor by replacing the (4) four screws on the bottom of the sensor that were removed earlier.
7.Clear out any false readings that were taken while you were cleaning your sensor by pressing the CLEAR TODAY button on your 5-in-1 compatible display.
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Good Call on the spider webs.  The 4 spiders have been evicted and the webs have been removed.
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Hello Darren,
We are happy the issue has been resolved. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.