We have included several manuals as well as a video link below to help with this task. As they fail, the RainDial controller often behaves erratic and becomes intermittent as it begins to fail. You can determine the age of your Irritrol Rain Dial controller by looking at the date code printed in the battery compartment. There should be a date code behind the battery compartment door. Check if unit is getting power.
So my questions: Click to expand. Newer controllers have some additional features but the basic user interface has not changed in years. There are quite a few in the field. So to help you download a complete user manual for your unit. Secondly, a good way to determine when you timer was manufactured is to look in the 9vdc battery compartment. Some brands such as yardworks, etc, repackage other brands and have no online support or clear resolution for warranty claim.
However, on this particular unit there's no fuse there -- or anywhere else that I can find. I'd go with the bad transformer. My first guess is blown transformer, but I'd like to know if there's a fuse somewhere that I should be checking. They are excellent timers compared to the competition. The last two-digits are the model year. I had to replace two of those controllers last Thursday. Or the sprinkler hear has gone bad.
As far as dead Irritrol transformers go, I have run across just a few. . Any tips on finding a fuse? The Total Control used to be my go-to controller for years, but most installers preferred the simplicty of the Rain Dial. See the photo below for details. Add a comment for more information on timers. For replacement, I think Intermatic mechanical sprinkler timers are better value than digital timers, since the mechanicals have repair motors and trippers and can last 25 years. Hope this solution has been helpful.
So depending on when you installed your timer will depend on what procedures are required to program it. Are some basic troubleshoot steps. I had to look this one up, just because I don't remember seeing a fuse in them. Thank you for using FixYa. Copy following link to help identify timer: Most major brands are linked here, including manuals for each.
So my questions: Any other spots to troubleshoot? This will let me search files for same-similar timer, and find manuals that might be same-similar 3 Old timers, especially digital timers, are sometimes easier replaced with new. Assuming it's a bad transformer, is that fixable or better off replacing the whole unit? The first version was manufactured by Hardie until the company was purchased by Irritrol. Is the unit still in warranty? Open link, then add a comment with brand and model and voltage so expert can access same manual. My first guess is blown transformer, but I'd like to know if there's a fuse somewhere that I should be checking. One had an erratic display and the other had erratic voltage on the valve terminals causing the valve solenoids to chatter. Open the back of the controller and remove your 9vdc battery and you will see six digits stamped inside the compartment. However, on this particular unit there's no fuse there -- or anywhere else that I can find.
Is your controller not working the way you expect? Do some models not have them? Most timers have 1 year limited warranty, and timer that came with used house may no longer be functioning. Irritrol was then purchased by Toro. Check if outlet has correct polarity. If not I would probably replace it. Irritrol's current use of the fuse seems to suggest that shorts in field wiring have caused damage to transformers, though I don't recall running into that. Irritrol has always been popular among landscape contractors here.
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