Are you having metal detector problems with your Garrett Ace 200?
To be honest after about 3 years of use I had a TON.
Crappy signals, interference and power issues were just a few of the problems that kept popping up.
Based on my experience I put together this troubleshooting guide to help other metal detectors with their issues.
This article will take you through how to fix the most common Garrett Ace 200 metal detector problems and help you get back out to treasure hunting.
If you’re having issues with your other metal detectors take a look at the garrett pro pointer problems or garrett ace 300 problems.
How to Reset Garrett Ace 200
Many minor problems with the Garrett Ace 200 can be solved by resetting the metal detector. Always try this solution before continuing on to other potential fixes.
To reset the Garrett Ace 200 follow these steps:
- Find the power button on the control box.
- Hold the power button for five to ten seconds.
- The metal detector will be twice.
- Release the power button.
- Your Garrett Ace 200 metal detector is now reset.
After following these steps run a test with your metal detector to see if the problem is fixed.
The easiest way to do this is to bury a quarter approximately 3-6 inches deep in your backyard. Run the metal detector over the quarter as you would if you were out metal detecting.
If the problem still persists, proceed to one of the following solutions.
Problems With Garrett Ace 200 Power
If you are having problems with the power on your Garrett Ace 200 the first step is to try resetting the device using the above steps.
If resetting the metal detector does not work there is likely a problem with your batteries.
First, ensure the batteries are property installed in your metal detector. It is important to make sure they are in the correct position.
Double check that the positive (+) and negative (-) sides are both facing the right way.
I know this seems basic BUT…
I’ve been metal detecting for over a decade and I still do this from time to time.
If your batteries are facing the right direction, try testing them with a battery tester.
A battery tester is a basic kit you can pick up at any hardware store. The tester will tell you whether the batteries in your metal detector are dead or not.
If the batteries on your Garrett Ace 200 are dead, swap them out for some new ones.
Problems with Garrett Ace 200 False Signals
Problems with false signals on the Garrett Ace 200 are one of the most frustrating issues. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single solution for this problem.
To begin solving this problem complete each of the solutions listed below one by one. Test your metal detector after you have completed each solution to see if it has solved the problem.
Search Coil False Signals
The search coil on your Garrett Ace 200 can cause problems with false signals. In order to fix this first check the connection between the search coil and the metal detector.
Make sure the search coil is properly connected. Double check there is nothing obstructing the connection such as stray plant matter or dog hair.
Next, make sure the search coil cable is securely wrapped around the stem of the metal detector.
It’s important to run the cable straight along the bottom 6 inches of the shaft of the metal detector. If you have extra cable length securely wrap it around the shaft above the 6 inch mark.
False Signal Indoors
If you are testing your Garrett Ace 200 indoors, there will be a lot of electrical interference. Testing your metal detector indoors can also cause problems due to the surrounding metals of the structure.
Be sure to test your metal detector outside to be sure this isn’t the cause of your problem.
False Signals From Power Line Interference
Power line interference can cause your Garrett Ace 200 to pick up false signals. This is due to strong electrical signals produced by industrial power lines.
To fix this problem, simply test your metal detector in an area away from any power lines.
Electric fences surrounding farms or industrial complexes can also cause this same problem.
False Signals From Ground Mineralization
Ground mineralization can cause false signal problems for your Garrett Ace 200 metal detector. This problem occurs when there is an extremely wide variety of metals and minerals in the ground you are detecting.
The way to fix this problem is to adjust the frequency on your metal detector. Try turning your frequency up or down slightly to narrow in on the metal you want to detect.
Problems With Garrett Ace 200 Pinpointing
Problems with the Garrett Ace 200 pinpointing function can be solved with the proper technique.
The most common problem with pinpointing is when you press the pinpointing button and the metal detector goes quiet. This is typically due to what’s called overload.
To fix this problem, center the metal detector over the target. Then, move the coil to the side of the target by about a foot.
After this push the pin point button and then bring the detector back over the target.
Problems With Garrett Ace 200 Search Coil
Problems with the garrett Ace 200 coil can be caused by the coil cover. Remove your coil cover and inspect it.
You want to look for any rocks, pebbles, plant matter, or dirt caught in the coil cover. These can interrupt signals sent between your coil and your metal detector.
Remove any loose debris and reattach your coil cover.
Problems With Garrett Ace 200 Display
Problems with the Garrett Ace 200 display can be solved by resetting your metal detector. Follow the above steps to reset your metal detector.
If this does not work, there is likely an issue with the circuits within the display control box. To fix this you will need to take your metal detector to a local repair shop or contact customer support.
Unsolved Problems With Garrett Ace 200
If you cannot solve the problem with your metal detector you need to contact customer support. To do this call (972) 494-6151.
To reset a Garrett Ace 200 metal detector hold down the power button for 5 seconds until you hear 2 beeps. Let go of the power button and your metal detector will be reset.
To make your Garrett Ace 200 metal detector work better, adjust the frequency settings to zero in on your target metal.
With over 10 years of metal detecting experience I’ve run into my fair share of troubleshooting problems. Especially with the garrett ace 300.
One thing I’ve learned is that solving these problems takes a lot of testing. Always try your metal detector after you implement each solution to see if the problem has been solved.
Sometimes all you need is a simple reset. And other times you try every possible solution and still can’t find a fix.
Remember to stay patient with the goal in mind of getting back out into the field to start treasure hunting again!
Julie comes from a long line of metal detectors. Her family has been in the hobby for over 45 years and has recovered large amounts of civil war artifacts as well as a fair number of bottle caps. Lately she has been focusing on metal detecting in the Rocky Mountains.