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donachile

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Sunday, April 17th 2011, 4:38pm

Rainbird esp 6si Controller not operating valves

I had to unplug my Rainbird esp 6si Controller this winter. Since I plugged it back in the controller seems to be working fine but it isn't communicating to the valves. The valves all work manually and the controller timers all work when I test them. I changed the battery and the fuses and checked all the wiring. What should I do next?

Mitchgo

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Sunday, April 17th 2011, 7:52pm

Sounds like a broken common wire or a rain sensor issue. Do you have a rain sensor installed?

donachile

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Location: Chico, CA

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Monday, April 18th 2011, 1:01am

Rainbird esp 6si Controller not operating valves

I don't know what a rain sensor is. It has rained so much this year since I unplugged the controller. I have checked all the wires and they seem to be OK. the line from the controller to the valves is intact and I have cleaned and reconnected each wire to the valves. Can you tell me about the rain sensor?
Thanks so much..
Donna

Mitchgo

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Monday, April 18th 2011, 1:28am

Do you have This anywhere in your yard/ fence/ rain gutter?

Do you have a bypass next to your controller?

donachile

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Location: Chico, CA

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Monday, April 18th 2011, 12:04pm

Mitch,
I don't have either one of those things. I am just trying to figure out how to fix this before I call the installer. This was installed 7 years ago. The wire cable is quite long and under the house, so we even checked that connection and it seems to be fine..

mrfixit

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Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 2:50am

Are you sure the timer has power from the outlet? Try plugging something else into the socket and see if it works. Do you lose the display if you take the battery out? You might have to leave it out for a few minutes.

Is the transformer warm or cold to the touch? Cold it's dead.

If you have power it sounds like a ground wire like Mitch said. Double check the ground wire at the timer.

donachile

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Location: Chico, CA

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Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 6:11pm

So, it turns out it was the ground wire at the valves. Something had fallen on them and separated the ground from the rest of the wires. Works perfectly! Thank you for all your help!
Donna

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