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Old May 4th, 2017, 10:59 AM
cowinger cowinger is offline
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Understood. If push comes to shove you could replace your relay with one that has a 15vdc coil and it would work fine with your system. Let us know how it goes!
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Old May 4th, 2017, 02:29 PM
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Understood. If push comes to shove you could replace your relay with one that has a 15vdc coil and it would work fine with your system. Let us know how it goes!
The relay is brand new so I can just return it to Amazon. Just bought the house and the old relay was shot. It wouldn't pass the 220v when receiving 24v. The new relay works fine when I use a 24v power supply. I'm going to reach out to Nortek to see what they say before abandoning the controller or my new relay.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 02:49 PM
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Nortek literally just told me to return the controller as they are still in testing by the manufacturer and not intended to be sold yet. Bizzare. I'd like to keep it but I can't seem to find the correct relay to trigger at 15VDC and pass 220VAC.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 04:40 PM
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I think you could get away with a solid state relay. They accept 3-32 vdc at very low current on the input and I have seen them for 220 vac output up to 40A. If you are pulling over 10A on output then I recommend a heatsink for it. There are single phase and 3 phase versions. Saw them on Amazon.

Added: FYI, the irrigation controller works perfectly. Just finished setting up. All zones work with UI and HSTouch.

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Old May 30th, 2017, 11:59 AM
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Valve Voltage

The controller hits the valve with about 17VDC for a short time then drops to a littler under 5VDC with very short pulses of 17VDC until it turns off.

There is a current limit that might be being hit if the solenoid for the relay takes much more current than a valve.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 12:01 PM
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The coil must be less than or equal to the current required for a valve, about 500mA.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 12:04 PM
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There are Z-Wave commands to load a schedule into the controller. I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
The on time for each valve can be set in one second intervals if the HS allows that. The other way to do that is to just turn on the next valve when you want the previous one to end. Since only the master valve and one zone valve can be on at a time, it will automatically turn off the previous valve.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 01:57 PM
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Here is an example of a water schedule event I created. Maybe you can create yours based on some of the entries. Sorry it's in two pics but couldn't get it all to fit in one.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 02:02 PM
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I have this controller and am curious as to what the System Enable does? Does it turn on a pump?
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Old May 30th, 2017, 03:04 PM
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The system enable actually can control the unit and the running of the event. If it is disabled the controller will flash a red led on the controller and the event will not run. If it is enabled the controller will show a steady green led. Now all events will run. As a double precaution I have an appliance module on the power adapter to the controller that I can turn the power on or off entirely.

The pump output is turned on automatically by the unit before it turns on a valve.

Re-test change!!

It appears that the system enable doesn't do anything to stop the running of the event. I stand corrected. I ran an event that applied power to the power adapter and then turned on a valve with the system enable off and the event ran and the valve came on. So the lines with the system enable can be removed.

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Old June 4th, 2017, 11:33 AM
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Thanks for the update. I'd like to think that System Enable would turn on the internal schedule whenever Go Control gets around to implementing it.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 08:12 PM
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I am using standard timers, it works fine.
I crated 2 options, one with a counter that I can easily modify from HSTouch add or reset. It was every 2 days at the beginning, now I left it for Before and after summer time with 3 days. If counter is 3 then it will Water and as counter reaches 4 it will be reset to 0

The Other one uses Week numbers, so during a range of week numbers will Water on even days for 10 minutes each valve.

Grass is greener than ever.

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Old July 8th, 2017, 08:47 PM
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I took cowinger's suggestion and got a solid state relay and it works like a champ. I'm still scratching my head as to why Nortek would design this thing with a master pump terminal that outputs DC voltage when every pump start relay in the wild is designed for 24V. The solenoids for the sprinklers seem to do find with the low DC however. Regardless I'm up and running now. Thanks everyone.
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Old July 12th, 2017, 11:39 AM
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How Control GoControl Wi15VZ-1 with Echo

I have a GoControl irrigation controller that shows up in Echo as :

"Irrigation System Enable". It does not show "Irrigation Valve".

How do I turn on a valve using Echo-Alexa voice commands?
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