Even if you are going to pay a lot of money for a weather station, it does not always mean that it will be great in the end. At some point, you might end up with some problems that will need fixing. Problems with La Crosse weather station or any other model can occur at any time, so you have to be prepared to handle them as they come.
The common issues you might find with weather stations include equipment malfunctioning, improper device installation, radio interference, rain gauge inaccuracy, and many more.
Refer to instruction manuals
Most of the time, instead of beating yourself up about choosing the right installation methods, the manual should have everything you need. Most of the problems people face with their weather stations could easily be traced back to the initial setup of the weather station. Reading the manuals is not something people love doing, but it has to be done either way.
It is not just about reading the manual, you have to be thorough with it too. It is crucial that you have an in-depth knowledge of what you are about to install before the installation commences.
The user cannot always be blamed for not installing the weather station properly. There are manufacturers who do not always offer the best instructions you need for the installation process. The instructions would be unclear and sometimes missing the important parts. You might have to look for alternative ways to troubleshoot such problems. There is always a possibility that someone out there experienced the same problem at some point, you simply need to search for this information online.
Repairing your own weather station
An issue might arise at some point and what comes into your mind is to make the repairs yourself. There is actually nothing wrong with that, as you will get to learn more about the device and its connectors. That being said, it is still crucial to understand the extend of the problem first before you can attempt to make the repairs.
If it is something you cannot fix such as faulty electrical board, then you need to call for professional help. Normally you would simply contact the customer support team of the weather station or a professional who knows how to make the repairs. Repairing the weather station in some extreme failure could lead to more damage.
It is cold, but the unit reads it is humid
This is something that often happens to many people who will end up being confused by the meaning of such a reading. People will always associate having high humidity with the hot weather and it can be a problem to see humidity levels rocketing when it is cold on the outside.
The humidity is measured as either relative or absolute humidity. Most weather stations would display the relative humidity in terms of percentage, as it is easy to understand for the user. When expressed as a percentage, you will often find that the humidity can read higher than expected especially during the mornings.
The temperature reading is too high
You will need to troubleshoot weather station more often if you end up with high temperature readings. The problem mostly would be that you have placed the temperature sensor directly in the sun causing the temperature readings to spike. You need to find a new position for your temperature sensor. The ideal installation of such a sensor would be in a shade area. It is important to note that whenever the temperature readings are reported, it is normally the shaded area temperature.
Are my outdoor sensors waterproof?
This actually varies from one product to another. Not all weather stations would be rated waterproof. The weather stations mostly would be classified as either splash proof or weather proof. Those are two things different from waterproof.
Waterproof means that the weather station sensors can be fully submerged in water and will still continue working. Most manufacturers would recommend that you keep the sensors under an overhang where it is protected from the rains or water exposure. These sensors will handle a splash, but cannot keep on working if there is continuous exposure to water.
It can be different for the wind sensors and rain gauge sensor. For such instruments, they have to be placed where there are no obstacles and that means exposure to water. These sensors have to be waterproof.