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Monday, August 9th 2010, 12:02pm

Power Off after Programming

Rain Bird ESP-LX Installed in 1998

About a week ago it went dead. I replaced the battery and the display came back on. I was able to re-program. I set it to Auto. After about 5 minutes, the display reads PWR OFF and sprinklers never turned on as programmed.

Does anyone know what is going on?




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Monday, August 9th 2010, 3:40pm

Check the outlet the controller's plugged into. Make sure it's working. If it's ok then the transformer on the controller is bad or a wire came loose.


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Tuesday, August 10th 2010, 12:49pm

Thanks Mr Fixit. I did check the outlet and it works fine.

The transformer was warm to the touch so I figured it is working. But upon voltage output test, it was spitting 0 volts. I took it to HD, batteries Plus and Radio Shack. All three outlets said they don't carry this type of transformer. It is rated at 24 V 650mA. The universal Rain Bird at HD was rated at 26.5 V.

I ended up buying a new controller for about $70. It does not have all the gizmos but good enough for 4 zones.

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