How do Rain Bird rain sensors work?

How do I know if my Rainbird rain sensor is working?

For a cork-disc sensor:

  1. Locate the rain sensor for your irrigation system. …
  2. Turn on the time clock for the zone nearest the sensor.
  3. Press and hold down the button on top of the sensor. …
  4. Release the button and the zone should come back on. …
  5. If the system does not shut off or come back on, check for wiring problems.

How long do rain sensors last?

How long do rain sensors last? The average rain sensor only functions for 3-5 years before needing replacement.

What should I set my rain sensor to?

IFAS researchers recommend rain sensor thresholds of 1/4” for 2 or 3 day per week irrigation with no more than 1/2” for 1 day per week irrigation. Remember, the lower the setting, the more water saved.

Where should sprinkler rain sensors be installed?

The most important aspect of installing a rain sensor is where to place it. It should be installed in an area that is unobstructed by trees, roof over hangs, or anything else that might block rain from getting to the sensor. If it is a wired sensor, placement is generally near the sprinkler controller.

Why is my Rainbird not working?

Circuit breaker/fuse – Check the condition of the circuit breaker or fuse, if it has been blown the most likely reason is a field wiring short. An Electromechanical controller will stop on the station that caused the problem. Reset the controller to its rest position and replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

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