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Wednesday, August 5th 2015, 12:55pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC 6 zone system - self test shows no issues, but Ohm meter disagrees

Sorry for the stream of consciousness posts. I'm thinking if the system was wired with a set of 3 valves on one side of the house & 4 on the other, then I should have a common wire run for each side. It would explain why the controller self test didn't find any issues. Worth a shot- *edit* BOOM. Done. Problem solved. Thinking I might go ahead and recap all my transition wires and maybe put that in a housing of some sort.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015, 5:50pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC 6 zone system - self test shows no issues, but Ohm meter disagrees

Photos to come. I'm getting close to the transition point of color to red zone wiring. I'm pretty sure it's just buried in the dirt & not enclosed or protected in any way. Hoping that will reveal some obvious issues... *edit* Can't seem to attach photos. Wire transition is just a nest of wires buried in the yard. Field wires for the three working zones are all routed to the left, where they would continue along the side of the house & meet those 3 valves. There is also a common wire routed to th...

Friday, July 31st 2015, 1:55pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC 6 zone system - self test shows no issues, but Ohm meter disagrees

I have a master in a round box, between the main water line and the backflow preventer. Wires to it are just red & white. I do have 6 zone valves in individual round boxes. If I lost the master & 1,2, and 6 at the same time, I'm guessing that transition point is very likely the source of the issue. The controller will run 3,4 & 5 if I open the master manually. So start digging where the wires exit the garage & hopefully the transition point is close?

Thursday, July 30th 2015, 2:21pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC 6 zone system - self test shows no issues, but Ohm meter disagrees

Next question - the bundle of wires at the controller is multi-color, like thermostat wiring. The wiring at the valves is all red & white. Am I missing something? Is there nest of wires where each color has been spliced to a generic red wire? One would hope that it's in a box, but I haven't seen it. This is maybe not the Cadillac of irrigation installs.

Wednesday, July 29th 2015, 4:00pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC 6 zone system - self test shows no issues, but Ohm meter disagrees

System is 7 years old. Last fall it was fully functional. This year not so much. Voltage is good to the controller and all valves. With the master open, I can manually open 5 of 6 valves and run those zones. At this time, I can't find the zone 6 valve. Ohm meter shows proper resistance on zones 3,4,5. I'm going to double check, but I believe it's showing "OL" for the master,1,2, and 6. This suggests a broken wire, but shouldn't the controller self test show that? The self-test feature shows no i...

Tuesday, July 28th 2015, 12:28pm

Author: SLMC

Ongoing saga...

Since Austin got so much rain, diagnosing this system got back burnered. The controller appears fully functional. The Hunter "Quick Check" returns normal results, no issues detected. I can manually open the master and then manually operate zones 1-5 (still haven't found the valve for 6). Manual operation requires turning the solenoid on the master (no other option). I did notice that it takes more than the quarter/half turn to get it functioning. Maybe I'm being impatient. I was rewarded by havi...

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 12:01pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

Located the master. With it manually opened, we have successfully opened zones 1-4. Still looking for valves 5 & 6. With the master opened, the controller will run 3 & 4. Tried swapping wire from 1 to 3 on the controller - zone 1 is still not functioning. Now the really odd part, with the master valve closed we can still manually open 1 & 2.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015, 10:49pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

I do have a master valve wire connected. I ran the self-diagnostic on the XC controller, nothing showed up. Tried a new controller, no change. So I'm back to looking for the master valve. Is it possible to have a master that isn't attached to an obvious manifold?

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 2:48pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

Dang. I'm assuming I have a master valve, but it just isn't where I thought it was.

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 11:19am

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

I failed to mention that this is an indoor controller. I also found a piece of paper, which appears to have information related to the system, folded up inside a zip-lock bag and tied to the master valve in the box. Over the last 7 years, the bag has failed & this paper is soaking wet. Trying to dry it out enough to unfold it. *edit* once dry & unfolded, this paper seems to be a "Test & Maintenance Report" for a backflow assembly. So I'll just leave that alone... Opening the valve on the zone yi...

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 10:44am

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

I have a large green box in my front flower bed with what appears to be one valve. Then I have assorted round access boxes which control the zones (I'm guessing). If I manually open the large one (the master?), do I then need to open one of the zones OR can I try a manual zone test on the controller? If that works, then I've isolated my problem to the master valve (I'm guessing again).

Friday, March 27th 2015, 11:31pm

Author: SLMC

Hunter XC seems to think it's working, but no watering taking place.

Unit is 7 years old. I went to run a manual test cycle to check the heads and nothing is happening. I ran the self-check and nothing came up. I did the hard reset. I can reprogram the day/date/time. The controller seems to be working but no water is entering the system.