Category Archives: Reticulation controller

Retic Controller Replacement

Our reticulation mobile service teams cover the Perth metropolitan area so if you need a new reticulation controller we can help you promptly, simply call 9246 0111.

Type of retic controller is "Rain Dial"
Rain Dial reticulation controller

We carry parts and can replace your reticulation controller whether it is hard wired or it is a plug pack model that is plugged into a power point. We can replace retic controllers that run mains water or water from a submersible water bore. Pictured are a coupe of types of retic controllers but there are many available we can talk you through.

Perth Reticulation controller
Pro 469 Reticulation controller

If your Perth reticulation controller needs replacing call us on 9246 0111 with details of your controller and we can give you an idea of a fully installed replacement.

 

Water Bore Drilling and service
Reticulation and drilling Perth

 

 

What is my reticulation controller battery for?

Pro 469 retic controller
Pro 469 retic controller

Does it matter that my irrigation controller’s battery has gone flat? What does a retic timer need a battery for anyway? There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a retic controller’s 9 volt battery does. Retic controllers have batteries to preserve the memory of that has been programmed in the event of a mains power fail. The battery is normally only 9 volts and does not have the power to operate solenoid valves or pump start relays. Solenoid valves and most other irrigation devices operate on 24 volts. Most retic controllers are 240 volt mains powered with a transformer that steps down to 24 volt to operate the individual irrigation devices. It may seem like a minor inconvenience if you have a flat 9 volt battery in your controller as at first glance one would think it is not a big issue if you lose mains power and the controller has to be reprogrammed.

9 volt battery
9 volt battery

BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore. If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of retic controllers and there is no back up battery then when mains power is restored the controller resets all programming to factory default which is often 10 minutes per station per day. This may then turn the bore on to stations that don’t exist and the pump runs with nowhere for the water to go. This can damage the pump or pipe work of the bore. This season we attended 3 bores that had been affected like this from Ocean Reef alone. All after a power fail. These bores, incidentally should have had the unused stations ‘looped out’ to safeguard against this. Remember it is wise to change your disposable 9 volt battery at least once a year. Some newer model controllers have rechargeable batteries. You can test both types by simply turning mains power off and checking whether the display to the retic controller is still working and whether customer program’s have been retained when mains power is turned back on.

Need further advice call us 92460111.

Problems with retic controller

If you’re having a problem with your reticulation controller it’s worth trying a factory reset.

This drops all programming and brings the retic controller back to factory default. Different brands and even individual models of the same brand controllers have ways of resetting. Your  irrigation / reticulation controller manual should list how to reset the controller.

This info from Hunter relates to their most common models.

http://www.hunterindustries.com/en-metric/support/how-do-i-reset-my-hunter-controller

Still stumped with your retic problem in Perth then give us a call on 9246 0111.