Outdoor sensors batteries only last a week or 2

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When I first got the 00822A2 unit the outdoor batteries lasted about 6 months they now only last 1 to 2 weeks. Moving the sensor to within 20 feet did not help. How do I fix this problem? Also the indoor temperature display has lost some segments.
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Jerry Lipson

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Posted 2 years ago

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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Jerry,

Please try the troubleshooting steps below. If this does not correct the issue, the sensor will need to be replaced. Please let us know if the issue continues. 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
- 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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Mark Dali

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I have the 00611A2 unit and am having the same problem. The unit used to work with the same brand of batteries for a year+ and now is burning through batteries in the sensor unit. I've tried all of the above suggestions, but only continuing to put in new batteries seems to work. I think the contacts in the sensor are failing even though its kept under a tarp outside. The unit is less than 2 years old, replacing another Accurite unit that also had sensor failures. Can I get a replacement sensor under any warranty?
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Same here, but get -40 degrees when batteries fail sfter about 2 weeks. Seems to have happened when I upgraded to Pro! Cleaned everything carefully at that time. Kirkland or Duracell give same effect. Batteries defintely used as voltage way down. Do I need to buy new complete sensor? Do not need new display or hub. Work fine when batteries new. Tried changing channals, no difference.
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Hello Mark,

 The thermometer has a 1 year limited warranty. If you sensor is over a year old and the troubleshooting that was suggested did not correct your issue we would then recommend purchasing a new outdoor sensor. The link is provided below for your model 00611A3. Thank you.

https://www.acurite.com/replacement-sensor-609txc.html
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AcuRite Tori

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Hello gemillerca,

What is your model number? When was the model purchased? Are your batteries draining in addition to the temperature reading -40? Thank you.
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Mark Dali

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Will this model sensor: AcuRite 06002M Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor also work for my model 00611A3?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Mark,

That sensor is not compatible with your display. You would need the sensor at the link provided below.

https://www.acurite.com/replacement-sensor-609txc.html
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Howdy folks there is a more in-depth forum on the short battery issue here.  If you have  exhausted what Acurite recommends (which did not help in my case) here's is what worked for me:

I was having batteries lasting shorter and shorter periods of time regardless of battery brand. My first set of Dollar Tree Sunbeam Alkaline's lasted over two years. After that regardless of brand 2 weeks to 2 months is all I could get out of them. I opened up the 5 in 1 and cleaned all the corrosion off the connections and circuit boards. There really wasn't that much. There were two wires sticking out of the solder from the circuit board that looked like they might be touching. I pushed them away from each other and so far my batteries have lasted just over 4 months which is better than the last change at only a month. So check your connections folks.

By they way I used Harbor Freight batteries (you can get them for free with a coupon) for my last two replacements.  I didn't want to buy expensive ones with it eating through batteries so quickly. But so far looks like they are going to last this time. Note: this goes against Acurite's battery recommendations but my units are out of warranty anyway so it was worth a try instead of spending another 80 to 90+ dollars on a new 5 in 1.
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