Irrigation system runs then shuts off, then runs and shuts off

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by xnmmi77, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. xnmmi77

    xnmmi77 New Member

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    Hello all!
    Each section in my 4 zone system shuts off after almost 1 minute after popping up, then, drops and cycles back up again. All 4 zones do this for the time set to cycle. I changed out all 4 valves with new ones and replaced the entire length of wire. I found that the 500ma fuse in my controller was blown, I replaced that. The problem is still here. What next a new controller? (system is 15 y/o this summer, btw.)
    Thanks in advance.
    pick
  2. xnmmi77

    xnmmi77 New Member

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    well, this is an active forum- i tried what another dead site said to do, remove the wire from each solenoid and run the system, no change, disconnected all 4 one at a time and the system still shut down and then recycled and started up again...on the way to get a new controller. maybe that will work. thanks for all the input form the 39 readers...
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Not much info was given.

    The Model number of the controller would be nice.
  4. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    I think you got your money's worth out of this site, so far.

    You want free info? don't push and be respectful.

    You want quicker results? hire a landscape contractor. Or try a new timer.
  5. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think it is the controller at all. I believe it is your pump tripping an automatic overload. After about a minute it will reset and try again. Does your pump system use a pressure tank or is it hooked to the sprinkler controller?
  6. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    Wow, even me, a New Yorker, missed his sarcastic remark. I thought people in SoCal are mellow. He must be a transplant from NY.
  7. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    did you check the voltage going to any of the solenoids when this happens? Do you have a well feeding this as valveman implies, or do you have "Public Water"? I almost wrote pubic water; oops I did.
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    I would be pissed too if I replaced 4 valves and my shit still don't work. I would have wanted to know why the Fuse Blew, Not just start replacing parts.

    The OP should have stopped by sooner.
  9. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    There are troubleshooters and there are shot gunners. I deal with both every day on the phone during my part time tech support job.
  10. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    You are missing the point. The guy is looking for free info, STAT. He even said so: WTF (my guess), 39 readers, in 3 hours can't give me the information I'M ENTITLED FOR?

    Nothing to do with NY or CA - or even Iowa. But everything to do with being impatient, disrespectful and ungrateful.

    This guy should hire a gardener and pay if he can't do it himself.
  11. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    And people in SoCal are mellow. You should see them move out of the way in police car chases. So casually.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  12. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    Chances are there is no pump on this guy's sprinkler system.

    Very basic, 4 zone system. Probably in a small residential garden.
  13. charlie.f308

    charlie.f308 New Member

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    I agree with dj2, sounds like you might need a new timer.
  14. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    I'm sure the OP is long gone. There is no point in guessing at it since the OP failed to provide enough details.
  15. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    You get a Plus 1 for that!
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