Question about Malibu ML88TL 88Watt Low Voltage Power Pack with Timer

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I thought my (88) low voltage power pack was worn out because it wouldn't advance to the the designated time and I had to click on by hand. I just replace it with a new one and still it won't advance...I even tried the one I use in the back yard, it won't work either. I have disconnected the tv, lighting, fans etc (in screened garage) in case it was too much draw on that recepticle.....I can hear that it is on but no clicking or advancing....So one last attempt, I used a heavy duty ext cord from an entirely different recepticle and still the same problem. Now I know the wiring to the lights was ok because I turned the original transformer off by hand this morning when it was daylight. This is certainly a mystery to me....Thank you for your feedback...E. Connell, Lakeland, Fla

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That's an unusual problem, especially for new timer.
I would very much like to hear what final solution turned out to be.
Add a comment and say what you discovered.

For more information on Intermatic/Malibu power packs showing troubleshoot steps, replacement trippers, useful links, warranties and tips:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

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