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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 black wires are connected to the 2 black wires coming from the wall outlet. The GE timer has 1 black, 1 red, 1 white and 1 green wire. How do I connect the GE timer to the 2 black wires from which the old timer is connected to?

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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.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

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  • emb0 Aug 19, 2011

    Note that the EJ341 and the newer, similar EJ351 are both electronic timers, not spring-wound. There's a spring in the EJ341 cover dial but it's not part of the timing mechanism. Both models have 2 black wires.

    As geno_3245 wrote, focus on the wires coming into the box that you'll be connecting to, not the ones coming out of the old timer.

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