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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mike Leary, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Got a Irritrol Total Control that's blowing the 2 amp fuses after a couple of
    days of operation. Before I get the electricians over to pull the 115 connection,
    I'm wondering if I've a bad transformer or a GFI going south. :dizzy:
     
  2. frumdig

    frumdig LawnSite Member
    from nunya
    Posts: 132

    i had a controller doing this to me once, and i noticed a couple outlets that had been added to the exterior of this guys house, well, a planter was added at some point and alot of these outlets were half burried and in prime places to hold water.... the outlets were added off the same circuit the controller was using in the garage... he had an electrician come out and fix everything, no problems since... so it could be worth looking at the locations of other outlets... and whats using them...

    -Evan
     
  3. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was the problem from the 120volt supply side being too high on voltage?
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    It could be, I measured 129 volts just now.
     
  5. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get a rainmaster :laugh:
     
  6. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    129 should be in the range. I see them as high as 135 from time to time with no problems. I assume the fuse is in the controller, not the wall wart, right? If so, the transformer is more likely the problem or a short somewhere in the controller itself that's causing it to draw too much current. Does it just happen intermittently or is it when the program runs or a specific valve opens?
     
  7. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    CAUTION: Mike will label you a piker since you are unable to read his mind
     
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Piker.......The clock seems to run for a couple of days (I drive by every morning) & then blows the fuse. There is a sign connected to the clock power so I'm wondering if the surge is doing it.
     
  9. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The fuse is for the low voltage on the controller right? What voltage reading do you get there? Actually, I do not think it even matters..... amps is amps and THAT is what blows a fuse.

    So, why is the controller pulling more than 2 amps? Did you test the amps being pulled?
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the sign has a transformer, that could be the trouble.
     

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