Second 5-in-1 sensor has failed

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This sensor lasted only from approx. 02/05/2017 to 03/28/2018 - barely past the one-year warranty. Also, in taking it down, found that the east-facing solar cell will not drive the fan. That may explain higher-than-neighborhood temps it has been reporting.
No signal is received on any of our four (4) AcuRite displays and bridge.
Was able to use the original 5-in-1 for a few days, but as of Sunday night it is back to inoperative as well.
Are internal board replacements available, for repair?
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Jay Akerley

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The failure of your East facing solar panel gives me some potential insight into why my 5-in-1 reports a spike in morning temperatures until a predictable point in the morning (I assume when the West facing solar panel catches the sun). Note the sudden drop at about 11:20AM. That drop occurs every day, at the same time, adjusting slowly as the daily length of daylight changes. Unfortunately I think I am past my warranty period :(
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Swap the top units to the one that reports.

The top is replacable (listed as an upgrade from 1 panel , but it is the same)
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Strange! Our older sensor unit is back to working yesterday. Once again get signal on the display units, after pushing the hidden reset button(s). Simply cycling the channel A-B-C switch to cause sweeping had not worked.
Stranger still, yesterday the Bridge unit indicated that it was receiving 2 sensors - even with NO batteries in the newer sensor (now on the countertop in the house). Today, the (stronger!) second sensor is no longer seen in the bridge’s list.
I had briefly inserted batteries into the (newer) sensor in an attempt to get one of the displays to lock onto something.
Is it possible that there is energy storage in the sensors so that they continue to transmit for a while after battery removal? Or maybe the bridge has a memory (and thus misleading display on its’ LAN info panel).
Would 2 sensors both on channel C have confused the display units so they could not receive at all, until reset?
The displays are models 01055, 06040M, and 12153-1502RX.

@Jay – sounds plausible!
I pulled the fan and motor to examine the solar cell connections. Probing gave brief flickers of voltage (in sunlight), so apparently poorly connected. Noted one cell had red wire positive, other with red wire negative. Sheesh.

@Steve – My question on replacements is not for the whole unit, but specifically for the circuit board – the VN1TXCA2 sensor's main board is PSVN4A02 (mine is dated 20150526). And, note that the 1-to-2 upgrade is only the anemometer and fan, not the main board.
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Hello n6ac,

The sensors do not have any energy storage to continue updating after the batteries have been disconnected.  Are you sure it was updating? Did you check the status bar on the left side of the sensor on My AcuRite?  My AcuRite will update at 5 minute intervals. The status will be green if the unit is updating, yellow if it loses signal, then red if the signal is lost.  If you have two sensors operating on C the displays will pick up the "dominant" sensor to display. We do not recommend having two sensors on the same channel in the same location.