It’s not the best feeling in the world when you go outside to check your weather station and it isn’t working properly. Not only is it frustrating, but it can also be a bit confusing trying to determine what the issue might be. In this article, we will provide you with troubleshooting tips for fixing your AcuRite weather station. We hope that this guide helps you get your station up and running again in no time!
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What is AcuRite Weather Station?
Their weather stations are some of the most popular on the market, and they offer a wide variety of models to choose from.
Weather stations are used for a variety of purposes, including weather forecasting, agriculture, aviation, and even just for personal use.
AcuRite weather stations are designed to be easy to use and accurate. However, like any other product, there can be issues from time to time. In the next section, we will go over some of the most common problems that users have with their AcuRite weather station and how to fix them. 
Troubleshooting Common Issues With AcuRite Weather Station
Luckily, you can troubleshoot most issues with your AcuRite weather station on your own without having to call customer service or send the product back for a replacement. The exact procedure however will depend on the model of AcuRite weather station that you have and the issue you’re dealing with.
Atomic clock troubleshooting
One of the most common issues that users have with their AcuRite weather station is with the atomic clock. The atomic clock is what keeps the time on your weather station accurate. Atomic clocks are used in many applications where precision is important, such as GPS and navigation, telecommunications, and scientific research. If your AcuRite weather station is displaying the wrong time, it could be because the atomic clock is not set correctly.
Below are common issues you can experience with atomic clocks.
One of the most common complaints about atomic clocks is that they are inaccurate. This can be caused by a number of factors, including the environment in which the clock is kept, interference from other electronic devices, and even the power source. It is easy to notice that your clock is inaccurate if it is off by more than a few seconds or loses/gains time randomly.
Not syncing with atomic signal
Another common issue with atomic clocks is that they stop syncing with the atomic signal. This is self-explanatory; if your clock is not receiving the atomic signal, it will not be able to keep accurate time.
It doesn’t update after a power loss
If your AcuRite weather station doesn’t update the time after a power loss, it could be because the battery backup is not working correctly. This can be a bothersome issue, but you can try a few things to troubleshoot it on your own. 
Now that we’ve gone over some of the most common issues you can experience with your AcuRite weather station, let’s take a look at some tips for troubleshooting these issues.
Select the correct time zone
The first thing you should check is whether or not the correct time zone is selected. The time zone can be changed in the settings menu on most AcuRite weather stations. If the time zone is incorrect, the time on your weather station will be off by the number of hours that correspond to the difference between your current location and the selected time zone.
For example, if you are in New York (Eastern Time Zone) and your AcuRite weather station is set to Pacific Time, the time on your weather station will be three hours behind.
Make sure to set the correct DST (Daylight Saving Time) option as well. DST is a seasonal time change that occurs in many parts of the world. During DST, the clocks are set forward by one hour.
If your AcuRite weather station is still displaying the wrong time after you’ve checked and double-checked the time zone settings, there may be an issue with the atomic clock itself.
Check the batteries
Another common issue is with the batteries. AcuRite weather stations use AA batteries, and they need to be replaced every few months. If your AcuRite weather station is not working properly, it could be because the batteries are low and need to be replaced.
Always use fresh, high-quality alkaline batteries in your AcuRite weather station. Avoid using rechargeable batteries, as they may not provide enough power to keep the station running properly.
Hold the SIGNAL button
The next fix is to hold down the SIGNAL button for ten seconds. This will put the AcuRite weather station into signal-reception mode and it will start searching for a signal from the atomic clock.
Once it has found a signal, the time on your AcuRite weather station should update to the correct time. If it does not, then there may be something wrong with the atomic clock itself and you will need to contact customer service for assistance.
Keep in mind that not all AcuRite weather stations have this button. If your model does not have a SIGNAL button, then you will need to follow a different procedure to set the atomic clock.
Relocate the station
If you’re experiencing issues with your AcuRite weather station, one of the first things you should try is to relocate the station. The most common reason for relocation is because of interference from other electronic devices.
Here’s the factors you need to keep in mind when placing your weather station:
Don’t place it near large metal objects as large metal objects can interfere with the wireless signal between your weather station and display.
If you have your weather station set up near another electronic device, such as a computer or television, it can cause interference. Another reason why you might want to relocate your station is if it’s in an area where there is a lot of dust or moisture. Dust and moisture can damage the sensors on your weather station and cause inaccurate readings.
Make sure your station is elevated and in an open area, away from trees, buildings, and other obstructions. This will help ensure that the wind sensor has an unobstructed view of the sky.
Reset the station
If your AcuRite weather station is not working correctly, you should try resetting the station. This will clear any data that may be stored in the station’s memory and can often fix minor issues. To reset your AcuRite weather station, simply remove the batteries for a few minutes and then reinsert them. 
Inaccurate Barometric Pressure or Forecast Troubleshooting
If you’re having issues with the barometric pressure or forecast not being accurate, it’s likely because of a change in the weather.
Forecast readings are based on the barometric pressure readings, so if the pressure readings are inaccurate, the forecast will be as well. There are a few things you can do to try and improve the accuracy of the pressure readings.
Make sure you completed the learning mode setup
If you didn’t complete the learning mode setup, the station won’t be able to accurately adjust to changes in pressure. Learning mode only needs to be completed once, but if you’ve recently moved the station or had any significant changes in weather, it’s worth checking to make sure it’s still set up properly.
AcuRite’s Learning Mode is designed to help your weather station “learn” the best placement for its various sensors. The mode will automatically adjust the reporting of conditions based on changes in your environment, such as moving the display unit to a new location. The sensor will measure temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction, rainfall and more. This information is then collected and analyzed by the MyAcuRite app to deliver personalized forecasts for your exact location.
After entering Learning Mode, your AcuRite Weather Station will take readings every 12 minutes for 33 days straight. At the end of this period, it will have gathered enough data to optimize its sensor placements and report more accurate readings. In total, your station will take around 4,000 readings throughout the month.
Factory reset the display
If you completed the calibration process and the pressure readings are still inaccurate, you can try resetting the display. This will revert all of the settings back to their defaults, so you’ll need to set the time and date again. But it’s worth a try if nothing else has worked.
To factory reset the display you will need to open the battery compartment and find a reset button. The location of this button will vary depending on which model you have. Once you’ve found the reset button, press and hold it for about 15 seconds. The display will turn off and then back on again, at which point it will be reset to its default settings.
If your model doesn’t have this button or you can’t find it, you can try unplugging the display unit from the power adapter or removing the batteries and then plugging it back in. This will also reset the display to its defaults.
Once you’ve reset the display, be sure to put the station back into Learning Mode so it can adjust to changes in pressure. This will take time but is necessary to get the most accurate readings. 
Fahrenheit or Celsius Degree Selection Troubleshooting
This is an uncommon issue, but if you’re having trouble selecting between Fahrenheit and Celsius, there are a few things you can try. Usually, AcuRite Weather stations will feature a switch on the back that toggles between the two settings. If for some reason it doesn’t work or you can’t find one, you can use the fix below.
Hold the SET button to enter SET MODE
The first thing you’ll want to do is hold down the SET button on your console for about 10 seconds. Once the display changes, let go of the button. You should now be in SET MODE and can use the up and down arrows to cycle through the different settings options.
Press the SET button to switch between Fahrenheit or Celsius
Once you’re in SET MODE, press and release the SET button to cycle until you see the “F/C” setting. Press the SET button once and it should toggle between Fahrenheit (F) or Celsius (C). If it’s currently on one setting and won’t switch, try pressing the SET button a few times.
Adjust the settings
Use arrow keys to adjust the settings. The up arrow will increase the value and the down arrow will decrease it. Once you’re satisfied with your selection, press and hold the SET button to save your changes and exit SET MODE. If at any time you want to exit without saving, simply press the power off/on button on the back of your console.
You will automatically leave set mode if you don’t press any buttons for ten seconds so keep that in mind. If you accidentally exit, just hold the SET button to enter SET MODE again and continue where you left off. 
Troubleshooting suction cup not sticking
The suction cup mount is a small, plastic disc with a sticky backing. It’s used to attach your weather station display to a window or other smooth surface. One of the issues you might run into is the suction cup not sticking. To fix this, you will need to clean it up a little!
Clear the mounting area
The first thing you need to do is clear the mounting area. Make sure there is no dirt, dust, or debris on the surface where you plan to attach the suction cup mount. If there is, use a clean cloth to remove it. Wash the suction cup mount with warm water and dry it thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. This will remove any oils that might be preventing it from sticking.
Next, take a look at the sticky side of the suction cup mount. If there is any dirt or debris on it, use a clean cloth to remove it. Once the mount is clean, try attaching it to the surface again.
If the suction cup still isn’t sticking, you can try using a small amount of vegetable oil or petroleum jelly on the center side of the mount. This will help create a stronger bond between the mount and the surface. 
Troubleshooting outdoor sensor reception issues
The AcuRite Outdoor Sensor is responsible for collecting data about the current conditions outdoors. This data is then transmitted wirelessly to the indoor display unit, where it is used to provide you with accurate weather readings. If the sensor isn’t receiving data, or if the readings are inaccurate, use the following tips to troubleshoot the issue.
Relocate the display and the sensor
If you are having reception issues, the first thing you should do is try relocating the display unit and sensor. This will help to ensure that there are no obstructions between the two units that could be interfering with the signal.
If the display is mounted on an outside wall, try moving it to a different location. If you’re using a repeater, check to see if it’s properly plugged in and powered on.
Place the sensor in an open area, away from any metal objects or other sources of interference. Make sure that the batteries in the sensor are fresh, and check to see if there is anything blocking the signal between the sensor and the display unit.
If you’re still having trouble, try moving the display unit closer to the sensor. You may also want to try moving it to a different location altogether, such as another room in your house or another side of your yard.
Place units away from other electronics
Another possible cause of interference is other electronic devices in the vicinity of the AcuRite products. If you’re having trouble, try moving the display unit and sensor away from any electronic equipment, such as computers, TVs, microwaves, and cordless phones.
You should also avoid placing the units near concrete walls or metal objects, as these can also cause interference.
If you have a repeater, make sure it’s not too close to any other electronic equipment. The ideal distance between the repeater and other electronics is about 30 feet.
Use standard alkaline batteries
The type of battery you use can also affect the performance of your AcuRite products.
We suggest you avoid using heavy duty or rechargeable batteries, as they may not provide enough power for the unit to operate properly. If you must use rechargeable batteries, make sure they are fully charged before using them.
If you’re still having trouble, try replacing the batteries in both the display unit and sensor. We also recommend that you clean the battery contacts with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris. 
Troubleshooting flashing outdoor temperature sensor
If your outdoor temperature sensor is flashing, it could be for a few reasons. One reason could be that the batteries need to be replaced. Another possibility is that the sensor is not receiving a strong enough signal from the display console. Either way, this is an issue you need to address as soon as possible to ensure your weather station is working properly.
Bring units indoors and remove the batteries
First, you’ll want to bring the units indoors and remove the batteries from both the sensor and display console. If they are low or need to be replaced, that could be the culprit.
Reinstall the batteries
Next, place new batteries in the outdoor sensor and the display console. If you’re using a fresh set of batteries, this should fix the issue. If not, move on to the next troubleshooting tip.
Make sure the connection between units is strong
If the batteries seem fine, then it’s time to check the signal strength. Make sure the sensor is within range of the console and there are no obstructions between them that could be blocking the signal.
Let both units sit away from each other for 20-30 minutes. This will give them time to establish a strong connection. After that, check to see if the outdoor sensor is still flashing. If it is, there may be something obstructing the signal between units. 
Troubleshooting inaccurate temperature
Of course we couldn’t forget the most important sensor of them all- temperature! One issue you might face with your AcuRite weather station is inaccurate temps on the display. Obviously you want your weather station to give you the most accurate readings possible, so what can you do if temps on the display seem off?
Place your units away from heat sources and direct sunlight
You might not realize it, but heat sources and direct sunlight can actually affect the temperature readings on your weather station. If you notice that the temps on your display are inaccurate, try moving your units away from any heat sources or direct sunlight.
Another thing to keep in mind is that temperature sensors need time to adjust to changes in temperature. So, if you just moved your weather station indoors after having it outdoors for a while, it’s going to take some time for the sensor to adjust and give accurate readings again. Just be patient and wait a few hours before checking the temps again.
Avoid placing in moist and damp environment
Similarly, you also want to avoid placing your weather station in a moist or damp environment. Again, this can affect the accuracy of the temperature readings. If you live in an area with high humidity, it’s best to place your station in a dry and well-ventilated area.
So avoid sheds, garages, and any other enclosed spaces where moisture might build up.
Troubleshooting inaccurate forecast
Another common issue you might face with your AcuRite weather station is an inaccurate forecast. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that forecasting the weather is never an exact science. There are just too many variables involved. So even the best weather stations can sometimes get the forecast wrong.
You’d expect, however, that your weather station would at least be accurate most of the time. If it’s not, there are a few things you can do to try and troubleshoot the issue.
Don’t expect a detailed weekly forecast
Now, first it’s important to be realistic about what your weather station can actually do. It’s not going to give you a detailed, hour-by-hour forecast for the week ahead.
What it will do is give you a general idea of what the weather will be like in the next few days. So if you’re seeing a forecast that’s way off from what you know the weather will actually be, it’s probably not your weather station that’s at fault.
Instead, check the forecasts from other sources (like the news or Weather.com) and compare them to what your weather station is saying. If there’s a big discrepancy, chances are one of them is wrong.
And even if they’re both generally accurate, remember that they’re just predictions. The weather could still end up being different than what’s forecast.
Assuming your weather station is reasonably accurate most of the time, though, let’s move on to some other potential causes of an inaccurate forecast.
Complete the learning mode first
If you still haven’t calibrated your weather station, that could be the cause of an inaccurate forecast. As we already mentioned, learning mode is when your weather station collects data about your local area and uses it to generate a more accurate forecast.
To complete learning mode, you’ll need to leave your weather station outside to take readings for at least 33 days. The longer you leave it, the more data it will collect and the more accurate its forecast will be. The station will collect data about your local temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and more.
Once it has enough data, it will generate a forecast specific to your location. So if you haven’t completed learning mode yet, that could be the reason why your forecast is inaccurate.
Factory reset your station
If you have completed learning mode but you’re still seeing an inaccurate forecast, the next troubleshooting step is to factory reset your weather station. This will delete all of the data that it has collected and start the learning process over from scratch.
Keep in mind that it can take up to 33 days for your weather station to collect enough data to generate an accurate forecast. So if you’ve only recently reset your station, it might still be a while before you see a more accurate forecast. 
Troubleshooting display not working
Last issue we will touch on is the display not working. If your display is not working, the first thing you should check is the batteries. If the batteries are low or dead, the display will not work.
If you’ve checked the batteries and power cord and the display still isn’t working, it could be a problem with the display itself. If this is the case, you’ll need to contact AcuRite customer service for assistance. 
Maintaining AcuRite Weather Station
To ensure your AcuRite Weather Station is in optimal condition, it’s important to take proper care of the device. This includes cleaning the sensor and display regularly, as well as making sure the batteries are fresh.
Clean the display regularly
To clean the display, simply wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or cleaners, as these can damage the display.
Don’t forget to check on the vent holes on the back of the display, as these can become clogged with dust over time. Use a soft brush or vacuum to clean them out, being careful not to damage the vents.
If your display is ever damaged, it’s important to replace it immediately. A damaged display can lead to inaccurate weather readings.
Clean the sensor regularly
The best way to clean the sensor is with a soft damp cloth. Be sure to dry the sensor completely before putting it back on the display. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives, as this can damage the sensor.
It’s also important to keep the area around the sensor clear. If there are any objects blocking the sensor, it could impact the accuracy of your readings.
Replace batteries when needed
The batteries in the AcuRite Weather Station are what power the device, so it’s important to keep them fresh. Depending on how often you use your AcuRite Weather Station, you’ll need to replace the batteries every few months.
When replacing the batteries, be sure to use fresh AA alkaline batteries.
If you notice that your battery life is shorter than usual, it’s possible that there is a problem with the battery compartment. Make sure that the compartment is clean and free of any debris. If necessary, contact customer service for assistance. 
Why has my AcuRite weather station stopped working?
There are a few reasons this could happen. One reason is that the batteries in your sensor may be low and need to be replaced. If you have solar power, check to see if there is enough sunlight exposure. Also, make sure that the anemometer is not obstructed by objects such as trees or buildings.
Another reason why your AcuRite weather station might not be working is because of interference from other electronic devices. Try moving your weather station away from these devices to see if that solves the problem.
How do I reset my AcuRite sensor?
If your sensor is not working correctly, you can try resetting it. To do this, simply remove the batteries for about a minute, then re-insert them. This will usually reset the sensor and clear any data that may have been corrupted.
Where is the reset button on AcuRite weather station?
The reset button is usually located inside the battery compartment. To reset your weather station, press and hold the reset button for about three seconds.
Keep in mind that reset button location may vary depending on the model of your weather station. If you can’t find the reset button, check the user manual for your specific model.
If you’re still having trouble finding the reset button, feel free to contact AcuRite’s customer support team for help.
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AcuRite weather station is one of the most popular and affordable ways to get started in home weather monitoring. But as with any technology, there can be issues. In this article we have covered some of the most common problems people have with their AcuRite weather station and how to fix them. We hope you found this guide useful and that it has helped you get the most out of your AcuRite weather station. If you have any other questions or tips, please leave a comment below! Happy monitoring!