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After a few months, the display went out. The screen's gone dark and the switch will not work. I've this happen with other timers as well; they work for a few months and then the screen flips out and the entire switch stops working. An electrician friend says he's had that happen and there are batteries you can replace (because the digital screen isn't powered by the wall wires usually), but I cannot see any place to get inside it and change any batteries.
Utilitec timers do not have replaceable batteries.
Older timer designs have batteries, while more modern timers have internal rechargeable battery that is integral with circuit board, and cannot be replaced. The battery holds memories in event of power outage, but current time must be reset if power is out for extended time.
If you have continual problems with failed timers, then have electrician friend run test on your power for spikes, shortages and surge that will cause timers and other non-hardened electronics to fail frequently. Also check for polarity and grounding issues. Also if you have motors, other electronics and/or fluorescent lights on same circuit, this can cause interference.
Also check load limitations, and load on timer to make sure you are not exceeding the timer rating. For example using timer to control motor when timer is rated for non-inductive incandescent loads.
Reset timer using reset button, and then re-program. Buy another timer at Lowes and return defect in new package for refund.
Buy Intermatic ST01C timer. This timer uses CR2 battery, and timer electronics operate separately from electric line. Rated for any load: motors, cfl bulbs, led, incandescent, etc.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Great! I just bought one and am typing the directions from a blown-up scan so I can read them. This us the 3rd timer that doean't seem to want to be programmed and I am forced to operate manually!
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
The wires on your new switch are intended for black = power .. white = neutral . and red = lights .. with two black wires on the old switch I am assuming that there is a bundle of white wires in that wall box, the white timer needs to join that bundle ... then you need to determine which black wire is the power from the electrical panel ( voltage tester) and connect to the black timer wire .. the red timer wire connects to the other black wire in the wall..
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Posted on May 13, 2010
HI .. if the switch has only a black and white wire attached, and there are no other wires in the wall box, then you cannot use this timer switch. You need to return it and get a timer that does not use a neutral connection. The wires you have are a switch leg from the light and there is a white wire but it is not a neutral.
If there are other wires in that wall box , tell me and we can chat more about how to remedy this .
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Posted on May 25, 2010
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