If no rainfall is being recorded:
- Be sure the plastic tab underneath the rain collector (put in place for shipping purposes) on the bottom of the 5-in-1 sensor has been removed.
- Make sure the 5-in-1 sensor's internal tipping lever is able to move freely by dripping a small amount of water through the rain collector. You should be able to hear the lever tipping.
If you have previously cleaned out the sensor, please ensure the following:
- If you removed the tipping assembly, ensure that it has been re-installed correctly.
- On each side of the assembly, there is a plug. One plug is silver and one plug is brass. The silver plug is a magnet and must be under the long plastic sleeve for it to register rain. Inside the sleeve is the reed switch, when the magnet passes back and forth, it opens/closes the reed switch and that is how the rain is measured.
If you have not previously cleaned out the sensor, please complete the following procedure:
5-in-1 sensor, Philips screwdriver, damp cloth, car wax, toothbrush (optional), mothball (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place a small amount of car wax on a soft cloth and wipe down the tipping bucks to ensure that rain flows through smoothly.
- To further defend against insects crawling into your sensor, you may place a mothball in the nook, near the tipping buckets (shown in the video). Adhere the mothball to the sensor with a piece of tape. Note: Insect repellent may be used for additional protection, but should not be sprayed on the internal components or into the sensor.
- Reassemble the 5-in-1 sensor by replacing the (4) four screws on the bottom of the sensor that was removed earlier.
- 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.
If the Unit is still not registering rain:
Synchronize the units:
- Bring both the sensor and display unit together and power down by removing at least one battery from each and/or removing the power cord.
- Make sure the A-B-C switch on both units matches. Changing to a different channel can be helpful.
- Reinstall the battery in the outdoor sensor. Reinstall batteries and/or power cord into the display unit. Let the units sit within a couple of feet of each other for approximately 5 minutes or until you see a solid sensor signal.