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Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 4:50pm

by chrisrlewis78

Update

I bought a third transformer and it didn't last 1 hour. I returned it and Sunrise Sprinklers advised me to test the outlet, test the voltage to the controller and use a new controller. Outlet tested good, the transformer tested 26 volts-good, and a new controller. Its been 2 weeks now and not a problem. So FYI if you are going through the same problems get a new controller. Sunrise was nice enough to loan me a volt meter and a new controller to see if that took care of the problem. Can't beat small town service...

Saturday, August 13th 2011, 3:35pm

by Wet_Boots


Saturday, August 13th 2011, 2:15pm

by Wannakno

FUSE OUT

Im not actually replying to the previous message, I just didnt know how to add a post or ask a question, so I clicked on the reply button. I really hope someone can answer my question, which is:



I have the KwikDial Sprinkler System by Irrigol and it was previously flashing "Fuse", but now it's not coming on at all. I figure the fuse needs to be replaced, but I don't know where to find the fuse. I opened the box, and all I found were connected wires. Since I no longer have my owner's manual Im not sure what's what. I even tried to google the information but was unsuccessful with what I was searching for. If someone is familiar with this system would you please advise. I desepartely need answers. Thanks in advance!!

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 9:29am

by ReddHead

Dittoing what Boots said. AC motors can wreak havoc on electronics that are plugged into the same circuit and sometimes even across circuits. At my old job we constantly loss the power supplies out of our POS terminals due to employees plugging refrigerators and freezers into our surge strips or dedicated circuits.

Any chance you can leave the fridge unplugged for a while?

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 7:42am

by Wet_Boots

get a multimeter and check the wiring

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 1:51am

by fuzzmanks

I haven't read all of what's been said. I recommend buying a new controller.
Dang, the blasted thing was only used like 2 to 3 months. I might be able to get a warranty replacement, but that won't help if my underground wiring is messed up.

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 1:19am

by mrfixit

I haven't read all of what's been said. I recommend buying a new controller.

Wednesday, August 10th 2011, 11:20pm

by fuzzmanks

My current Orbit timer has a 24vac 300mA transformer. If I need to replace the transformer can I use the transformer from my previous non-Orbit timer? The old transformer is a Class 2 24vac 20VA transformer. I will most likely have to order a replacement transformer due to my local.

I went ahead and switch out the 300mA transformer with the 20VA transformer. It powered up my timer okay, but as soon as I input the command to turn on a watering station, the fuse blew. I replaced the fuse and the same thing happened when turning on that same station. Was too much power going into the timer? Or do you think I have a wiring problem?



Orbit technical support email stated, "As long as the transformer is 24-30 volts and 300-750mA it will work." I went to my local Radio Shack to get a transformer but they do not stock them, however they said the extra powerful transformer (20VA) should not harm my system. What do you think??

Wednesday, August 10th 2011, 7:47am

by Wet_Boots

Ok update... I ran a totally seperate line for the power supply to the control unit. I got a new transformer. The outlet was tested everything was good there. Wired in the new transformer and it lasted a whole 1hour... WTF.. I looked in the containers for the valves (4 of them) and they were full of dirt.. 3 gallons worth. Could this be my problem? I may resort to my local sprikler shop, but really don't want to pay that kind of money. Any thoughts...?
Dirt-filled valve boxes indicate rodents - rodents chew wires (all the wiring should have been checked at the first sign of trouble)

Wednesday, August 10th 2011, 12:09am

by fuzzmanks

Motors can go bad, too. In general, you want to keep any sensitive electronics off of circuits shared with motors. Garage door openers go on their own branch. I know of folks with computers that couldn't operate them on a circuit with a freezer, unless they ran the computer from a UPS

Is the garage branch circuit run from a GFCI breaker?


Not to hijack this thread but I have a related question. I installed a new Orbit timer this spring. I believe my transformer is now toast. I don't know if it was due to a bad lightening storm we had or maybe because I had plugged in a small air compressor into the same outlet. I did replace the fuse but that was not the problem. Would the timer be at risk only when both the compressor and timer are running at the same time?? I'm just wondering if I can still use the same outlet for the compressor as long as the timer is not powering the sprinkler valves at the time I power up the compressor?



My current Orbit timer has a 24vac 300mA transformer. If I need to replace the transformer can I use the transformer from my previous non-Orbit timer? The old transformer is a Class 2 24vac 20VA transformer. I will most likely have to order a replacement transformer due to my local.