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Old 07-09-2014, 06:09 AM
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Our display is blank this AM and the sprinkler system did not come on as scheduled.

We inherited this system with house purchase and never owned one before.

It's hard-wired into house electric and pumps water from an inground well.

Who should we call???

We're in Gulfport.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:11 AM
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I don't know who you should call in Gulf Port but I would like to throw my $0.02 that may save you some bucks ($$) before you are talking to the repair guy. I passed this in my home sometime ago.

First check if it is just the fuse that blew out. This will save you some $200 or so buying the controller that the technician would probably tell you to buy. You can check this by simply going closely and smelling and then opening the apparatus. Easy to check. If it is the fuse that blew out, then you can just buy the fuse (department store: make sure you have the correct size) and replace. After you put the fuse, if it blows again, you have some kind of short in the system--that a technician need to figure it out where it is. If with the new fuse the display can't come up or the fuse doesn't blow, your controller is gone and that costs more about $200 depending on the type you have. This happen if the previous owner had a short and just bypass the short using a higher fuse , defeating the whole idea of using a fuse in the first place, which I found to be what happened in my case. Also, if you know for sure that the controller is out, it is cheaper to buy it yourself as in Amazon as the technician will mark up the price by about $50 or so. No hurry, we are in rain season, your grass is not going to die, which was not my case and I could have saved a bunch if I knew what I now know. Get your information before calling the technician.

Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:27 AM
Location: Historic Gulfport
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This is a newer outdoor model and does not have a fuse (per Rainbird manual and per googling). Husband ran other troubleshooting suggestions.....no luck. We called two companies and each said, next week. Husband went to supply house and purchased new unit.

PS: We haven't had rain in Gulfport since the 4th of July. I don't give a fig about the lawn, but much of the system irrigates/waters landscaping plants, flower gardens.

Cost of unit was $230. Hopefully it's the right fix. Wouldn't you know it: there's thunder in the area right now (but no rain). He'll work on it after the thunder is gone.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:56 AM
Location: South Tampa
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Easy fix.

Buy another and wire it up as you remove the existing unit. They aren't overly complicated and if you shut power off while wiring up, it is nearly foolproof.
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