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I have a GE auto shut off timer #15069. It comes with a black,white and red wire. I am replacing an in wall timer for a bathroom exhaust fan that only has a black and a white wire. Can I connect this timer? How??

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First, be certain that the power is off. The black goes to black, the white goes to white and the red goes to the fan, it is the switched wire....

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My wall box only has a black & a white. Can I still use this timer?


You posted under GE 15069.
If you have different timer, then add a comment.

Yes you can use this timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15067

Here are wiring instructions
Timer might have blue wire instead of red wire.
Some timers do not have green wire.

How to wire this timer:
1) Green wire connects to bare copper wire.
2) Switch has 2 wires. Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
3) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This will power timer electronics.
4) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
5) Turn on electricity, and push ON-OFF button. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

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Jan 13, 2011 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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I have a GE smart timer 15086 I followed the instruction and the light blinks when you turn it on. Please help


I test timers, and no damage is done.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

Sounds like you wired red and white wires together, or installed timer in place of 3-way switch.
15086 will not replace a 3-way switch.
For example, when 2 switches control hallway light, that is 3-way.
Link above has list of timers that replace 3-way switch.

How to wire 15071, 15086, 15265, 15266 timers:
1) Switch has 2 insulated wires. Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
2) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This will power timer electronics.
3) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
4) Turn on electricity, and push ON-OFF button located in each corner. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

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Jan 10, 2011 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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I'm trying to install this Woods 59008 automatic fan timer in the bathroom. My old on/off switch only has three wires....and I that a light switch next to that. The woods 59008 has a red, black, white...


Sure George.

These in-wall timers have extra wire to operate the electronics located inside timer.
You said your old switch has 3 wires.
The new timer can only replace on-off switch that has 2 brass screws and a green screw.
If old switch has 2 brass screws and a dark screw, that is a 3-way switch.
Typically a 3-way switch is found at both ends of hallway.
The Woods 95008 countdown timer is not made to replace 3-way:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#59000

Here's what to do:
1) Switch has 2 wires (plus bare ground wire). Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
2) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This wire will power timer electronics.
3) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
4) Turn on electricity, and push override button located below the OFF button. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

Add a comment if your need more assistance.

Dec 22, 2010 | Woods Ind 59008 Digital Timer

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I am installing the timer for a whole house fan. I hooked red up to load, black to hot and white to neutral per instructions...confirmed with meter....the timer does not seem to work..I can turn on and...


A) GE 15069 image at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/60-minute-Automatic-Shut-Off-Timer-Switch/dp/B002DNAE7Q

15069 manual
http://www.jascoproducts.com/support/manual-downloads/applications/DocumentLibraryManager/upload/In-Wall-15069-Manual-eng.pdf

Manual shows GE 15069 countdown timer is rated up to 1/2 horsepower
Whole house fan is likely 3/4 horsepower >> check nameplate on fan motor.

B) work around:
Hook timer up to a contactor/relay.
Timer turns on 120 volt, 7 watt contactor coil.
Contactor turns on fan motor
http://waterheatertimer.org/H230A.html
Square D contactor at Grainger
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/SQUARE-D-Compact-Contactor-5B132?Pid=search
http://www.pexsupply.com/Furnas-Controls-45EG20AF-2-Pole-30-Amp-120V-Contactor
I buy these contactors at local HVAC supply for $15
add a comment if you need help wiring this device.

C) List below shows countdown timers with horsepower rating:
GE15088 countdown timer is rated 3/4 hp
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay

Intermatic spring wound countdown timers are rated for 2 horsepower
http://www.intermatic.com/products/timers/in-wall%20timers/decorator%20spring%20wound%20timers.aspx

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
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59014-Decora-12-8-4-2-12-Hour/dp/B002C54GH4

Lutron MA-T51 countdown timer specifically says it cannot be used for motors, which says the electronics inside each device is Load specific
http://www.amazon.com/Lutron-MA-T51-WH-Maestro-Countdown-Timer/dp/B001EFV1DA
http://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/0301041A.pdf

Pass and Seymour RT1 countdown does not show rating for horsepower, so this timer will probably not work for fan motor
http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xg8Zarcd/

Wattstopper RT50 at Grainger shows 1/6 horsepower rating
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/WATT-STOPPER-Time-Switch-2HTE1?Pid=search

Dec 12, 2010 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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GE smart digital timer was installed according to instructions. Timer was set to turn lights on at 5:30, and the lights blink on and off but will not stay on. I tried reprogramming, but same result. ...


It sounds like wiring is wrong.

If you have GE Tork Intermatic UPM Woods Brinks Hagar Pass-n-Seymour Stanley Westek in-wall timer, with red, black, white and green wires, then you probably put red and white wires together.
Add a comment any time.

See instructions along with image at following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

Heres how to wire timer

1) Timer-green-wire connects to bare ground wire.
2) Switch has 2 wires. Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
3) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires.
4) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
5) Turn on electricity, and push ON-OFF button > with GE timer, door is push-button switch. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

Dec 11, 2010 | UPM Programmable Wall Switch Timer

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Am replacing an old wall timer with a GE Smart Digital Timer. The old timer had two black wires connected to two black wires from the wall. The new timer however has red, black, white and green wires. I...


I've tested these timers.
Here's what to do:
1) Connect green to bare copper
2) Switch has 2 wires. For now, connect these two wires to timer-black and timer-red. Choose either one.
3) In back of wall box are white neutral wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Timer-white wire connects to these white neutral wires. This action gives power to time clock.
4) If wall box does not have white neutrals described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground wire. Bare ground connects to neutral busbar in breaker box.
5) Turn on power and click manual override button or switch. If lights turn on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not turn on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

Nov 16, 2010 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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I am trying to replace an old spring loaded attic fan timer. The old time simply had a black line in and a black line out. There was both a white and red line capped off in the box along with a bare...


The timer is wired differently than the old spring-loaded timer.
This is because the timer has an electronic clock instead of a spring.
The electronic clock needs power just like an alarm clock.
The white wire powers the clock.

Here's the wiring.
Black-timer wire connects to Hot-wire-from-breaker
Red-timer connects to Load (attic fan)
White-timer connects to white Neutral
In absence of a Neutral, connect white-timer to bare ground.

If you have your black-timer and red-timer wires reversed, it might cause the symptoms you describe.
Simply reverse the black-timer and red-timer.

If you want to test your wires to make certain:
Remove timer.
Separate wires for testing.
Turn on power.
Use ordinary tester.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away.
Power is ON.
Test each wire to bare ground wire.
When tester lights up, that is hot-wire-from-breaker.
Now test hot-wire to each of the other wires (except ground)
When tester lights up, that is Neutral
Not every switch box will has a Neutral
In that case white-timer connects to ground

Nov 08, 2010 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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I am replacing an old intermatic model EJ341 spring wound timer with a GE15086 digital in wall timer. The old intermatic timer has two black wires from each side (I dont know which one is hot). Each of the...


GE 15086 is a 7-day programmable timer. It has more wires than spring-wound timer because clock motor runs on 120V circuit, just like ordinary electric clock. The clock on spring wound timer operated by a spring.
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If I understand correctly, the old timer has 2 wires. One of these wires is the Hot wire ... and that wire will connect to GE timer black wire.
The other wire from old timer goes to Load ... and that wire will go to GE timer red wire.

Instructions on a lot of these timers say, it timer doesn't work, then reverse the two wires described above ... this is because timer only works when Timer black connects to Hot.

You can also turn on power and test each wire that came off old switch to bare ground wire. When tester lights up, that is Hot wire.

GE timer Green wire connects to bare ground wire.

Moving on to GE timer white wire. This wire is necessary for the clock to run. This wire connects to Neutral wire which is usually white. You can test for Neutral by testing Hot wire to each white wire in box ... when tester comes on, that is Neutral.

If you do not have a white Neutral wire, then connect GE timer white wire to bare ground wire. This is not code, but it will work fine until you hire electrician to run Neutral into box.

Oct 03, 2010 | GE Electrical Supplies

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How to wire to attic fan? Old Sping loaded timer has two wire connections Marked LINE and LOAD . There are two Romex- Three wire cables with Black , White (Common) and bare (Grd) wires coming into this box...


OK, your new switch will require the use of a neutral wire. So you will have to do what is called a pigtail. You will have to twist another white wire in with your other white wires to attach your neutrals to your switch. Note: white wires are called neutral not common. Hook the wires that were originally hooked up to your LINE to your HOT (Black) on your new timer, and the what was originally LOAD up to the new timer LOAD. SO as far as wiring all that will change is your white wires that need to attach to your timer NEUTRAL.

Jul 10, 2010 | GE 60minute Automatic ShutOff Timer Switch...

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