Faulty Altimeter on Garmin Forerunner
UPDATE: Check out my post on how to actually fix a faulty altimeter on a Garmin Forerunner 910XT. It's quicker and easier than you might think.
I’d hoped that after the tumble drier stopped working, the microwave blew up, the septic tank pump failed and the Hard Drive in my computer failed that we had seen the end of expensive things breaking – We can’t afford to replace anything else. But no, now the barometric altimeter in Garmin Forerunner 910XT has stopped working.
It has been working fine until now and apart from the odd glitch here and there my 910XT has been recording my daily training faultlessy. Then, the other day, for no reason at all the elevation data that it was recording was wrong. On one run it said I had gained over 40,000 feet in elevation within 50 minutes of running – I wish! It then didn’t really record any elevation changes after that but had me at about 56,00o feet of altitude the whole time. Don’t worry, I haven’t’ been doing some super-extreme altitude training, I’m still here at sea level really!
Here are a few runs and bike rides I’ve done lately with the incorrect elevation data:.
I’ve re-calibrated the altimeter a couple of time, reset the whole device a couple of times, performed a couple of hard resets and re-loaded the Firmware, but it still isn’t recording elevation data. I’ve only had the device since February though so it’s under warranty and I have lodged a request for repair / replacement with Garmin so hopefully I’ll get it fixed soon. Garmin UK have a very highly rated repairs and warranty service and they’ve always been quick and helpful when I’ve used them in the past so I should have it fixed soon. Although that will no doubt mean I’ll be without it for a few days which will be a little annoying as I tend to rely on it these days! I’d quite like to have it for the CRC MTB Marathon and Vitus Sportive that I’m doing at the weekend, but that isn’t likely unless they turn it around super-quick.