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Offline Bperry119

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2021, 01:12:36 PM »
I have a Davis PV2, located in Florida.  It is now 18 years old. 
I've replace 1 temp sensor and 1 fan.  Other than that, I take it down about once a year to clean it and inspect. 
Its been through lots of 95+ degree days and 7 hurricanes including 2 direct hits. 
I don't think I could ask or expect more from a piece of equipment.  I'd buy another one in a heartbeat

Offline petec2

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2021, 11:31:11 AM »
I've had a davis VP2 since 2011. I have had to replace the outdoor temp/hum sensor twice in that time and the anemometer once (latter gave up again last year but WD40 fixed it). the FARS fan broke years ago. gave up on that
the weather here can be very wild with 120kph winds and very damp. i've been pleased with the unit and it has done well considering an atlantic seaboard setting
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Offline azkiwi

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2021, 12:22:04 PM »
I have a LaCrosse ws-2310/15.  Had it since Nov 2002, and it's still chugging along. Kinda remarkable  as it's been in the Sonoran Desert since 2006.  Things replaced - 1) Anemometer twice, one for damage when a haboob took down the pole, around 2014/5, and 2) rain gauge once. Is it totally accurate?  Rain gauge is off by .2 inches after a 5 in storm, and the humidity sensor doesn't register when its 5% or lower.

I've talked with AZ State University abut the errors etc.   Temp reads a little cool (1 degree, maybe 2 at 0600 or so), but got good news from them.  Since it's been in the desert for 15 years, there's a certain degree of validity to the figures as they are over a pretty good period.   U of A Ag center uses my data and log files very often....

When it finally bites the dust, it won''t be replaced.

So, all in all I'm happy.

Offline Jim_S

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2021, 05:30:13 PM »
I have an Acurite 5in1 that's been running since January of 2016. No issues.

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #29 on: Today at 08:56:42 AM »
My Vantage Pro2 is less than 3 years old. New and out of the box, the anemometer didn't work and I've had 3 different anemometers since then. Earlier this year, I had to buy and replace the control board and now the rain gauge isn't working. Their tech support is practically non-existent and it typically takes weeks before any hardware problem is diagnosed and fixed.

In the meantime, I've resorted to using a spare stainless steel dog bowl as a rain gauge.

Offline DaleReid

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #30 on: Today at 10:43:14 AM »
I have/had an original VP one which it wasn't called, and a few years ago the temp/humidity bit the dust, but the solar and wind and barometer continue to work.  The Anemometer then got tired and squeeky, and a nearby lightning stroke sort of took it out.  How long ago, maybe I got it early 2000s, but since then there are reports of less robust stuff.

I have a few Heathkit 4001 and 5001 s that have been retired due to issues, but the old 4001 a friend has is still working.  Is that late 1990s?

Texas Weather Instruments, four of them running just fine, with the issue of maintaining humidity sensors, but there are work arounds for those if you want.  One is certainly 20 years old. 

Peet Brothers is another I've had excellent luck with the original which I got at Dayton Hamvention, again an ancient station.  Just recently a storm broke the wind direction indicator, but after all that time in the hot sun year after year, I can't complain, but cannot climb up to replace the sensor myself and finding a climber nowadays is hard.  That station is again over 15 years old.

And the RM Young stuff just keeps chugging along.  Well over a decade old, maybe some parts even 15 years. 

Maybe I'm just lucky.

Offline Daali

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Re: Average life of a PWS. What's your experience?
« Reply #31 on: Today at 05:08:29 PM »
My ambient 6.5 year old WS-1400 IP just died, but it had help.  I accidentally killed it.  The rain gauge was not working due to normal bugs and stuff.  I went to clean it and got a little aggressive with the bleach.  Long story short, I killed the temp/humidity sensor but fixed the rain gauge LOL.  FWIW: the observer IP has always struggled through the firmware versions; seems with every firmware there is a certain timeframe where the device will hang/lock up, which means you have to smartplug it to automate powercycles.

Going this time with all Fine Offset/Ecowitt sensors and the GW1000 with Meteobridge.