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Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 5:29pm

Rainbird ESP 16-LX Plus Controller can't switch between stations 1-8 and 9-16

Thank you all for creating and maintaining this forum in an attempt to help out those of us far from the industry.

My Rainbird ESP L16-LX Plus controller has a toggle switch that allows me to switch between stations 1-8 and 9-16 when setting the timing for my individual stations. While the actual plastic switch will move between stations 1-8 and 9-16 it doesn't change on the screen when I toggle back and forth from 1-8 and 9-16. As such I can't change the timing on stations 9-16. Sometimes the screen will flicker for a second to station 9 but then immediately revert back to station 1, giving me just enough hope.

Please tell me if you have any thoughts on what I can do. Thank you.



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Location: USA


Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 8:03pm

Older Rainbird timers are famous for flickering on the wrong setting.

Try tapping on the panel.

Also try moving the switch from the bottom with a screwdriver. Maybe holding it to the left while you program.

Once it's programmed it should work.

If you can't get it working, It's time to replace it.

You could try a factory reset but I doubt that'll do it.

Make sure the grey ribbon connecting the faceplate to the circuit board isn't loose. Open the panel and push on it.

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