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Rainbird Controller Not Working

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bappida69, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. bappida69

    bappida69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5


    I hope this is the right forum for posting this question that I have. I am an absolute newbie and recently found that my Rainbird E-9 Controller seems to be "dead". Other than checking the power supply, I am not sure if there is something else I can do to set this right?

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,601

    Any lightning activity? Pull out any backup battery. The idea is a complete power-down, in the hopes of rebooting the controller.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,158

    See if there's a little fuse in the back. Leave it unplugged for a few hours after
    proving it's getting 110v & 24 volts after the transformer. Is it plugged into a circuit
    that has a GFI (ground-fault-interrupter)?
  4. bappida69

    bappida69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Once I am home, I will check this and post. But yes, there were some lightning activities some time back:cry: Do all these controllers have back up battery? I couldn't find that in the front panel. But will look again.

    Thanks for the responses..
  5. bappida69

    bappida69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5


    I did not find any backup battery nor did I find any fuse in the back/front:confused:

  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,221

    I don't believe that model had them. It has been discontinued. Sorry, but it's a junk controller. I don't like it.
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    Replace that hunk-of-junk! The E series was a really bad idea...
  8. bappida69

    bappida69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5


    Sounds like I need to change the controller:cry: However, I wanted to first verify if the transformer is ok or not.

    So I went ahead and bought a new sprinkler transformer to check the same. However while trying to install the new transformer, I noticed that there are two wires, whereas the E-9 transformer seems to have three wires connected to the controller(two colors only). Little confused as to how to connect the transformer?

    Thanks in advance!
  9. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,194

    get yourself a esp lxi hoss.......

    spend the dough..they go cheap on the intrawebs..
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,601

    Three-wire transformer ~ leave the green wire unconnected. Black and white will be 24VAC.

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