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Ei210 in wall countdown timer in undocumented ''test mode''?

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The Intermatic EI210 - bought at Home Depot. I use it to turn the fan off after 10 minutes, or 20 minutes.

This worked fine for about 6 months, but now it appears to be counting down in seconds rather than minutes. My guess is that it is in some sort of undocumented test mode.

Nothing about it in the online manual...

Anyone? Beuller?

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  • kenika73 Feb 13, 2009

    Hi there,

    I bought the Intermatic EI210 inwall timer and have a wiring question. The timer comes with 4 wires (R, B, W, G), but the junction box for the fan only has 3 wires (B, W, G) and no red. There's no separate wire from the fixture that the manual is calling to connect the red wire from the timer to. Any suggestions on which wire to match up with what? Thank you in advance!

    Dennis
    kenika73@yahoo.com

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You could try disconnecting power to the switch for a few minutes maybe that will reset it. Other than that I would say cut your losses and replace it. Hope this helps a little.

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There are no repairs for electronic wall timers.
Timers have 1 year warranty against defects in workmanship. This sounds like the case here.

Try timer on different circuit and see if same malfunction appears.

Woods is rated for 1/4 HP and will handle bath fan, so load does not sound like a problem.
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Power outages can knock out timers when the power turns on again and timer is exposed to surge.

View countdown timers:
Electronic Leviton 6200 series and Leviton LTB series are more robust than Woods.
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Buy locally: GE countdown timers are sold at Home Depot. Advantage of store-bought timer is hassle-free warranty: buy new timer and return defect timer in new package.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Countdown-timer-horsepower-ratings.html

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http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-6515M-I-2-5-10-15-Electronic-Incandescent/dp/B0007NOZDI

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http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay

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Woods spring-wound countdown timer says bath/ ceiling fans, but doesn't give horsepower
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Wood-59700-series--spring-wound.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#countdown

Woods push-button countdown is 1/4 horsepower
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3) Following timers are NOT rated for fans:

Lutron MA-T51 countdown timer specifically says it cannot be used for motors.
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Leviton timers have red-black-white-green wires (or blue-black-white-green wires)

1) Regular single pole switch has 2 insulated wires. One of these wires is Hot from breaker, and the other goes to Load (fan)
2) Timer green wire connects to bare ground as you know.
3) Hot from breaker connects to timer black wire.
4) Load wire connects to timer red (or blue) wire.

5) Located in back of box are white wires that are twisted together and covered with wire nut.
These are Neutral wires. Connect timer white to these wires. This will power timer electronics.
6) If box does not have Neutral wires described above, then connect timer white to bare ground along with timer green wire.

7) Turn power ON and try timer countdown.
If timer does not work, then reverse timer red and timer black wire.

8) If box does not have neutral wires: Image on link below shows similar Intermatic timer:
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No electronics that can be affected by 'electric noise' on fan circuit.
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http://www.electricsupplyonline.com/prod/intermatic-springwound_timers/fd15mc_w005485.php

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G - Ground - Green or bare wire
B - Hot - Black wire
W - Neutral - White wire
R - Switched - Hot when on
On your three wire
G - Ground - Green or bare wire
B - Hot - Black wire - hook to switch wire from switch
W - Neutral - White wire

you should also check: http://www.intermatic.com

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