Acurite 5 in 1 weather station troubleshooting

Acurite 5 in 1 weather station troubleshooting. We usually follow news channels and newspapers to get information about weather predictions from sources, but these sources do not predict the weather correctly.

If you listen about rain in the next week, it is not confirmed in the news, but they just predict rain by looking at the weather.

Nowadays, AcuRite forecasting devices are used in weather stations to predict the weather through different sensors that compile fundamental information from your lawn.

If your Acurite 5-in-1 shows the wrong outdoor humidity or temperature readings from your weather Station, then ensure both the acurite 5-in-1 sensor and display unit are positioned at a suitable distance from room windows and any heat source.

Don’t get panic and read this troubleshooting guide because I have written this article from my own experience and collecting information from the internet.

Acurite 5 in 1 weather station troubleshooting

If your AcuRite Iris™ (5-in-1) is displaying the wrong wind speed and not predicting the rain forecast, then it means it is defective and is malfunctioning due to some reason.

It is very important to keep away the AcuRite Iris™ (5-in-1) sensor and display unit from water and moisture. Place the sensor placed a minimum of 5 feet above the ground.

Without any delay, let’s find the different troubleshooting methods to fix the AcuRite Iris™ (5-in-1) sensor.

Symptoms of defective sensor

symptoms of defective sensor

There are various symptoms from which you can make an idea and confirm that the acurite sensor is not predicting the right weather conditions on the lawn.

  • First of all, if the sensor is not predicting the right wind speed, then it means it is defective. Suppose there is a strong wind blowing outside, but your sensor is giving no readings.
  • Acurite 5-in-1 sensor is mainly used to predict predictions about rain, so if your sensor device is not measuring the rain, then it means there is something wrong with the sensor. You need to troubleshoot the device if you want to get the right prediction about the rain in the future.
  • If your sensor device is not changing the temperature reading for the last two hours, it is faulty, and there is an issue with the device.
  • If the outdoor sensor reads the outdoor humidity at 1%, you need to check it for troubleshooting.

Let’s read the different reasons for the malfunctioning AcuRite Iris™ (5-in-1) sensor and how you can fix them by yourself without hiring an expert.

Old batteries

old batteries

It is suggested that you do not use rechargeable batteries or alkaline batteries in the acurite sensor, and always prefer lithium batteries in the sensor if you are living in such an area where temperatures can reach below – 15ºC to 20ºC.

When you replace the batteries in the battery chamber, they always use the same type as suggested by the user manual.

When you insert new batteries into the sensor, follow the polarity (+/-) in the battery compartment when you install the batteries in the sensor. The sensor will not work if you will insert the batteries in the wrong polarity.

The sensor also stops working after some days when you mix new and old batteries. Keep watching the current supply terminals for short-circuit and corrosion.

Please do not use the batteries for a long time. Always replace them after two to three months, and keep cleaning the battery contacts and battery terminals to save them from rusting.

If you are going out of the home or not using the acurite sensor for a long time, then carefully remove the batteries from the battery compartment because if you leave the batteries in the sensor, then they will be destroyed due to moisture and corrosion.

Wear protective gloves to detach the old batteries and throw them in a safe place.

Humidity and heat

humidity and heat

Another big reason for acurite sensor not giving the correct reason is you have installed the device close to any heat or humidity generating source.

Some users do mistakes that keep the sensor closed to heat sources like ac units, heaters, kitchen chimneys, and exhaust windows.

All these heat sources make it difficult to work properly and give the actual temperature readings.

Do not install the sensor on the house roof or weather station if it is made up of concrete because it emits heat from the sun.

Besides heat, the humidity level also decreases the efficiency level of the sensor, so do not install the device close to any water source like water tanks or swimming pools because all these water sources change the correctness of the humidity.

Sprinkler head

sprinkler head

If you have installed the acurite sensor to predict the rain, then ensure the sensor is not installed close to any sprinkler system because if the sprinkler is spraying the water directly on the sensor device, then this will change the rainfall estimation accuracy.

Always install the sensor device in a dry place where there is no water or any moisture source to affect its working efficiency.

Sensor height

The most important thing about sensor installation is the height from the floor because the sensor height must be 5 feet above the ground level for right rain and wind measurements in any place.

Proper maintenance

proper maintenance

The most important thing about the efficiency of any device is its proper maintenance.

If you installed the acurite sensor in your backyard to get accurate predictions about the weather condition, then you have to clean the dust and debris from its surface regularly to improve its accuracy.

The sensor lens gets dirty due to harsh weather, so take a wet cloth and clean the sensor.

It is suggested that you even think about using polishing cleaners to clean the sensor surface because it will minimize the performance and accuracy of the sensor.

Reset sensor

If the device is properly cleaned but still not giving accurate readings, then resetting the sensor is the last tip to troubleshoot the problem.

Every device has a different way to reset, so you can learn all the steps to reset the sensor in the user manual guide.


The final words on this troubleshooting guide are if you have installed the acurite 5 in 1 weather station to get predictions about wind and rain in the coming days.

You have to keep it far away from heat and humidity sources like ac units, heaters, water boilers, water sprinklers, and water tanks.

You also need to maintain the sensor device by removing dust and debris from the sensor surface to keep improving its accuracy and efficiency.

Keep replacing the sensor batteries after three months and always prefer to use lithium batteries in the acurite sensor.

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