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Timer flashes"low battery". I have replaced them 2x & still flashes. I also have reset it several times. Do I need a new timer? This one is about 4 yrs ol. Thanks Mary Olson

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Faulty capacitor for the flash for it will not hold a charge so that is why tou get that message

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

  • sybernut Dec 15, 2010

    the same thing happened to me but originally with factory batteries this problem did not occur. Is it a cap aging problem? What can be done?

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Anyone have a problem with replacement battery for SS8 intermatic timer


Copy following link for all Intermatic timers, including new Ej600, and older SS series timers.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-timers-and-manuals.html

Try resetting the timer. Hold down ON-OFF button and push and release reset button. Keep holding down ON-OFF until display starts flashing 12:00
Clean battery terminals.
My SS8 manual shows 1.5 volt alkaline battery but does not specify the shape or size of battery.
If the display is visible, then timer is getting power.
The low battery error might clear up after reset, but if it does not, then replace timer.
Intermatic has new EJ600 timer that has internal rechargeable battery, and does not need battery replacement. Or use ST01C or Ei600.
Remember also that timers cannot be exposed to extremes of hot or cold, or the battery can stop functioning.

May 01, 2012 | Intermatic Hardware & Accessories

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When i unplug the timer then reset a new time schedule and plug timer back into wall my timer sets to 88:88. whats am i doing wrong? this timer worked brilliantly until i reset and plugged it back in.


Open following link to identify timer and read instructions:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-program-Utilitec-0155671.html

Timers go bad for many unprovoked reasons.
Check outlet with circuit analyzer.

This timer has 1 year limited warranty.
Extended warranty: If timer is defective, then buy new one from Target or Lowes, and return defective timer in new package.

To review:
Replace AA battery if this model has a battery carriage. Otherwise timer has internal rechargeable battery.
Press reset button with paper clip for a few seconds.
88:88-88 will flash on screen momentarily, and then 12:00 am will display. Timer is ready for programming.
If 88:88-88 does not roll over into the 12:00 am display, try resetting again.
If timer will not hold new programming, and keeps resetting, then see if reset button is stuck.
If timer does not reset and re-program correctly, then timer has gone bad.

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Sep 23, 2011 | Woods Industries 59377 Indoor Digital...

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How do I set in Automatic mode, seems to only work manually since loss of power?


1) Power outage is major cause of timer failure. Power surge occurs when power is restored, and electronics are susceptible to surge. This includes water softerer, treadmill, electronic water heater, timers, etc.
Timers should be unplugged when power goes off.
Of all timers on market today, only one instruction manual says to unplug timer with power loss. However many people write fixya saying their timer, and electronic water heater control etc stopped functioning after power loss. Probably other products have same problem, but I work with timers and water heaters and see only that slice of the world.

2) Question posted under Woods 59377.
Several timers look identical or similar.
59377 timer has non-replaceable rechargeable battery, some similar timers have AA battery.
If timer has battery, change battery.
Then reset timer to restore functionality. Press reset button for a few seconds with paper clip.

3) If timer function does not restore after reset, then timer is bad.
Buy similar timer at Lowes or Target, and return defective timer in new package.

4) If function is restored, then re-program timer
Open following link for timer instructions showing how to reset timer and re-program timer:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-program-Utilitec-0155671.html

Sep 09, 2011 | Woods Industries 59377 Indoor Digital...

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The self=adjusting wall switch timer does not go on as set but it goes off at the set time, I put in a new battery at the end of May but sometimes the Batt is flashing. The battery sure can't be...


1) Timer is not 100% identified.
Sounds like Intermatic ST01C or Ei600
Sounds like timer needs to be reset after battery change, and then reprogrammed again.

3) Open following links to help identify timer and download manual:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-timers-and-manuals.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html#battery

4) If timer does not show on links above, add a comment with clear description of timer and buttons for possible identification and manual.

5) Most battery operated timers require 'reset' after battery change.
Manual usually says to replace battery and timer is ready to go again.
However, most timers lose functionality with battery change. That's why timer is reset, and then reprogrammed.

6) If functionality is not restored after battery change and reset, then timer has gone bad.

7) Intermatic timer has 1 year limited warranty, and there is not much that can be offered except buy next timer at local store. For example Utilitec 0192773 is actually Intermatic product. Sold at Lowes. If timer goes bad 2 years later, buy another one and return defect in new package.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

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Sep 04, 2011 | Hardware & Accessories

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We have a Vigoro Two Zone Water Timer. The timer started beeping and flashing that the batteries are low. We put new batteries in and it is still beeping and flashing low battery. What do we do now?


The timer is no good.
1) Clean battery terminals and make sure battery polarity is correct.

2) If you bought timer at Home Depot, call:
Internet Customer Service Center at 1-800-435-4654

3) If you live near Home Depot, then buy new timer and return defect timer in new package.

4) Here's what Home Depot customers say about this timer: the product will fail after 4 months, only worked one season, failed right out of box, new batteries did not restore functionality, etc. Only two good reviews.

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Aug 26, 2011 | Hardware & Accessories

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Had to change battery. Since I did this the day will scroll several times and will not let me set the day, nor the time, nor the mode. Is my unit toast ?? As it was working till I changed the battery.


Most digital timers suggest resetting as last-step effort to restore functionality.
This particular timer is reset by removing battery.
Try removing battery again. Otherwise it seems the timer has gone bad.
HB88RC is discontinued product.
Replacement is heavy-duty Intermatic HB800RCL 2-outlet or HB800RCH 1-outlet timer.
http://www.smarthome.com/25078/Intermatic-HB800RCL-Heavy-Duty-Digital-Appliance-Timer/p.aspx
http://www.smarthome.com/48715/Intermatic-HB800RCH-Outdoor-Digital-Timer/p.aspx

Less expensive and less reliable timer Woods 59403 with 1-outlet has quite a few 'timer won't work' questions on fixya.
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59403-Heavy-Duty-Outdoor-Digital/dp/B002KS7EOK
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#6-24

Jun 19, 2011 | Intermatic HB88RC - 7-Day Programmable...

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I need to know how to reset the timer


If you reset ST01C timer using reset button, then all programs are lost, plus current time of day.
Generally this timer needs to be reset if error message appears and as last resort for troubleshooting problem. Timer does not need to be reset after battery goes bad, all you do is set current time of day, and then program remain inside timer indefinitely (or until timer is reset of goes bad)
If setting current time of day does not work, you use reset button.
For ez programming steps with illustrations:
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html

How to reset ST01C using reset button:
Push and hold ON-OFF button and then push reset button using toothpick or paperclip.
Release reset button but keep holding ON-OFF button until INIT displays.
Then release ON-OFF and 12:00 should be flashing.
If timer functionality does not restore, then try replacing timer battery.
If functionality will not restore, then timer is bad.
This timer does not need electric current for setting timer, so timer display is not dependent on circuit breaker.

If you have a different timer, then add a comment with in-focus photo of timer for possible identification. Most other timers do not require 2-button reset procedure.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r6568559-post_photograph_fixya_questions_answers

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Apr 23, 2011 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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The timer blinked low battery, we replaced the battery and now it needs to be reprogrammed but we have lost the manual. How do we reprogram it?


You posted under ST01C timer.
Open following page to read ez steps and download manual.
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html

Unless you reset the timer, then programming will still be saved forever.
Even if battery was dead, programming remains saved inside timer until timer is reset or stops functioning.
So all you need to do is set current time.

If the timer will not work, then reset timer.

Mar 27, 2011 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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Will not keep proper time & looses program after one cycle. I came home tonight @ 0030 & even after installing a new battery in & reprogaming it today ,it was showing 0630am when I got home .


You posted under a popular timer sold with GE, Westek, and Utilitec brand names:
Open following link to identify timer for sure.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#6-24

If you have different timer, hints below might apply.

1) I test timers, and some arrive defective, and some go bad within a year, but most last a few years.
2) To reset timer, unplug for several minutes, plug back in, and then re-program.
3) Move timer to plug on different circuit breaker and see if same problem occurs.
4) If you have another kind of timer in the house, move it to same plug as problem-timer and see if different timer also looses time.
5) Use circuit analyzer to check if circuit has problem. Circuit problems will affect timer electronics.
6) If timer is clean and new-looking: buy another one from Lowes or Home Depot or Target and then return defective one in new package.

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Mar 01, 2011 | Woods Outdoor 7 Day Digital Two Outlet...

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My ST01C works fine for a few days and then resets itself. The clock flashes 12:00am every time it resets and their is no pattern to it resetting. Sometimes it works for 2 days; sometimes 4-5. I reprogram...


My guess, it's the battery... Manual has troubleshooting steps that point to battery.

1) Timer requires CR2 battery to work ... double check markings on your battery. Programs will not function without battery. Battery can be low without BATT warning on screen.

2) ST01C has 1 year limited warranty. Things wear out.

3) When reprogramming, do you Reset timer? Or just reprogram Time-Date. Last-ditch troubleshoot says to Reset and Re-program timer.

Oct 02, 2010 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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