Intermatic EJ500 User manual
Troubleshooting Guide Observed Problem Possible Cause Bulb is missing, loose, disconnected or burned out. Make sure bulb is good and that there are no other switches, photo controls, etc., in the circuit controlling the bulb. “Air Gap”switch at upper edge of timer is switched off. Make sure “Air Gap”switch is in it’s ON position (slid to the left with slider in center of slot). No power (fuse or circuit breaker blown) Make sure fuse is good or circuit breaker is on. Timer does not switch but display is normal. Timer not in AUTO, AUTO RAND(om), or MAN(ual) mode. Press MODE to select the desired operating mode. Timer works manually but does not follow scheduled program. Timer not in AUTO or AUTO RAND(om) mode. Press MODE to select AUTO or AUTO RAND. Timer won’t enter the AUTO or AUTO RAND modes when MODE button is pushed. Time of day and/or switching times are not programmed. Make sure time of day and at least one scheduled activity are programmed. Programmed schedule(s) are incorrect. Review ALL 7 ON/OFF switching time pairs by repeatedly pushing NEXT/ON/OFF while in PGM mode and revise as necessary. Timer is in AUTO RAND(om) mode (varies switching times up to ±15 minutes). Press MODE to select AUTO mode. When using a combination of Astronomic and Specific switching times, the timer switches at unexpected times or doesn’t switch when expected. There are conflicting Astronomic and Specific switching time settings. Your timer automatically skips any conflicting ON EVENTS as summer approaches to prevent unwanted operation of lights. See the next column if you wish to identify and remove conflicting settings. 1. Complete the steps under “Setting the Calendar.” 2. Temporarily change your timer’s calendar setting to June 21st. 3. Review the SUNUP and SNSET times by pushing the NEXT/ON/OFF button. 4. Make sure your specific ON or OFF time settings won’t interfere with these Astronomic switching times. 5. Be sure to change the date back to today’s date when you’re done. Load state doesn’t match programmed state immediately after programming the time or schedule. The timer does not “catch up” to the programmed load state. Instead, the load will remain in its current state prior to entering the PGM mode. The timer will then begin following the scheduled program at the next contrary ON/OFF time. After entering your schedules or the time, then returning to the AUTO modes, push NEXT/ON/OFF to change the load state if necessary. Load only operates when the remote (3-way) switch is in one position or timer ignores the remote switch. Remote switch is wired incorrectly. Recheck wiring, especially for the jumper, per “2– Install the Switch Timer”. Excessive length of wire (greater than 100 feet) or buried wiring to the remote switch. Eliminate condition by replacing the buried cable or doing without the remote switch. Consult factory for other options. Remote switch is defective or worn out. Replace the remote switch. Load turns off immediately after being turned on. Remote switch or timer wired incorrectly, excessive length of wire (greater than100’) or buried wiring to remote switch, or defective timer. If the problem persists with the timer’s red wire disconnected or with a remote switch temporarily connected right at the timer, replace the defective timer. Otherwise try the above remedies. Battery holder is difficult to snap in place. Batteries not seated in holder, holder misaligned, or contact tabs of holder are bent. Seat the batteries, then install the holder with the notch facing down. Timer is blank until any button is pushed, and display changes between ON and OFF when pressing door, but light stays OFF. Timer switches at incorrect times or skips some switching times. Timer ignores remote (3-way) switch even though it is wired correctly. Self-Adjusting Indoor Installation and User Instructions Wall Switch Timer MODEL EJ500 What to Do Ratings • • • • 500W single gang or 2 gang installations (40W minimum) 4 Amp Tungsten (incandescent) 120 VAC, 60 Hz Operating Temperature: 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C) WARNING • Electrical shock hazard. Risk of injury or death. Remove electrical power at service panel before installing. • Risk of fire and burns. Do not recharge, disassemble, heat above 212°F (100°C), crush, or incinerate the alkaline battery. Keep out of reach of children. • Risk of fire. Do not use timer to control devices that could have dangerous consequences due to inaccurate timing such as sun lamps, sauna, heaters, crock pots, etc. NOTICE • Follow local electrical codes during installation. • Risk of timer damage due to leakage if weak battery is not replaced promptly. • Dispose of used battery promptly per local regulations. • Do not use with PAR or “R”-type outdoor flood lamps larger than 150 watts. • Do not use with mercury vapor lights, appliances, radios TVs, stereos, etc. • Do not use in combination with separate dimmers or photoelectric switches. 1 – Before Installing Switch Timer, Install and Check Battery LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY If within one (1) year from the date of purchase, this product fails due to a defect in material or workmanship, Intermatic Incorporated will repair or replace it, at its sole option, free of charge. This warranty is extended to the original household purchaser only and is not transferable. This warranty does not apply to: (a) damage to units caused by accident, dropping or abuse in handling, acts of God or any negligent use; (b) units which have been subject to unauthorized repair, opened, taken apart or otherwise modified; (c) units not used in accordance with instructions; (d) damages exceeding the cost of the product; (e) sealed lamps and/or lamp bulbs, LED’s and batteries; (f) the finish on any portion of the product, such as surface and/or weathering, as this is considered normal wear and tear; (g) transit damage, initial installation costs, removal costs, or reinstallation costs. INTERMATIC INCORPORATED WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE HEREBY MODIFIED TO EXIST ONLY AS CONTAINED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, AND SHALL BE OF THE SAME DURATION AS THE WARRANTY PERIOD STATED ABOVE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON THE DURATION OF AN IMPLIED WARRANTY, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. This warranty service is available by either (a) returning the product to the dealer from whom the unit was purchased, or (b) mailing the product, along with proof of purchase, postage prepaid to the authorized service center listed below. This warranty is made by: Intermatic Incorporated/After Sales Service/7777 Winn Rd., Spring Grove, Illinois 60081-9698/815-675-7000 http://www.intermatic.com Please be sure to wrap the product securely to avoid shipping damage. INTERMATIC INCORPORATED, SPRING GROVE, ILLINOIS 60081-9698 158--00413 Before installing the switch timer into the wall, make sure the supplied batteries are installed and working. 1. Open the access door to reveal the battery tray, located below the keypad. 2. Remove the tab to connect the installed batteries. Make sure battery tray is pushed fully into place. 3. The display will initialize itself then flash “12:00 AM” in MANual mode. NOTE: If display doesn’t flash “12:00 am”, the battery may be dead. Replace the battery before installing the switch timer. 2 – Install the Switch Timer 1. Turn off power at the service panel by REMOVING FUSE or TURNING THE CIRCUIT BREAKER OFF. 7/16” 2. Remove the existing wall switch. 3. Trim building wires to 7/16” as shown. For Single-Switch Installations: BLACK WIRE a. Connect one of the two wires from the wall to the BLACK wire from the switch timer, using the twist connectors provided. BLUE WIRE b. Connect the other wire from the wall to the BLUE wire from RED WIRE the switch timer, using the twist (capped, not connected) connectors provided. NOTE: The RED wire is not used in single-switch installations. Cap with a twist connector. a. Connect the ground wire from the box to the BARE COPPER wire on the switch timer. If there is no ground wire, ground the switch timer to the box. If the box is plastic, connect the bare copper wire to ground as supplied or contact an electrician. b. Make sure all twist connectors are tight. c. Tuck wires into wall box(s) leaving room for the device(s). d. Using screws provided, mount the switch timer into the wall box, then install the wall plate. e. Turn power back on at the service panel. You are ready to set the DATE and TIME—Proceed to Section 3. For 3-way Switch and Other Multiple Switch Setups: NOTES: When installing the EJ500 switch timer in circuits with two or more switches: • The wiring is different when using the EJ500 switch timer than when using conventional toggle switches. Read the following installation instructions carefully. • The distance between switch timer and remote switches must not exceed 100 feet, and wiring to the remote switches must not be buried underground. • Used remote switches from a previous conventional installation may not function reliably with an electronic timer. Try a brand new remote switch if function is intermittent. For Existing 2-Switch (3-way) Installations: 1. Locate the COMMON wire RED WIRE connected to first old switch. BLUE WIRE It might be attached to a different colored screw, or find WIRE FROM markings on old switch. “COMMON” OF OLD SWITCH 2. Connect BLACK wire from BLACK WIRE switch timer to COMMON wire, using a twist connector. 3. Connect the other two wires from the old switch to either the BLUE and RED wires from the switch timer. 4. Connect the ground wire from the box to the BARE COPPER wire on the switch timer. If there is no ground wire, ground the switch timer to the box. If the box is plastic, connect the bare copper wire to ground as supplied or contact an electrician. 5. Locate the COMMON on the second old switch of the 3-way pair. 6. Connect jumper wire (supplied) from the COMMON terminal to either of the other terminals on the remote 3-way switch. 7. Make sure all twist connectors are tight. 8. Tuck wires into wall boxes leaving room for the devices. 9. Mount the devices into the wall boxes, then install the wall plates. 10.Turn power back on at the service panel. 11.Make sure the switch timer displays “MAN” mode. Do the following test with the remote switch in each of its 2 positions: Press the NEXT ON/OFF button on the switch timer several times. Each time that you push the NEXT ON/OFF button, the switch controlled light or device (the “load”) should turn on or off. If so, proceed to Section 3. -- If the timer display changes between ON and OFF but the load does not operate, re-check your wiring and make sure the load is functional. COMMON MOVE JUMPER WIRE -- If the timer display changes TO OTHER TERMINAL between ON and OFF but the REMOTE 3-WAY IF THIS load only operates when the SWITCH SWITCH DOES NOT remote switch is in one of TURN LIGHT its 2 positions, you need to ON turn off the power at the service panel, change the jumper wire to the other terminal. Then turn power back on at the service panel and repeat Step 11. You are ready to set the DATE and TIME—Proceed to Section 3. Wiring Diagrams for Multiple Switch Timer Setups: For a two-switch setup (3-way) when reusing the existing 3-way remote switch: JUMPER LOAD BLUE LINE BLACK TIMER NEUTRAL RED COMMON 3-WAY SWITCH NOTE: For new construction or to replace a dimmer switch, a lighted switch, or a 3-way switch without screw terminals, a single-pole switch can be used at the remote location, as shown below. For a two-switch setup (3-way) using single-pole remote switch: LOAD LINE BLACK BLUE TIMER NEUTRAL RED SINGLE-POLE SWITCH For a three-switch setup: ADDITIONAL WIRE LINE BLACK LOAD BLUE TIMER NEUTRAL RED TWO 3-WAY SWITCHES For four or more switch setups: Use the preceding 3-switch installation diagram and wire 4-way switches between the two 3-way switches. 3 – Intro to Programming: Read Before You Begin • As you press the buttons to program, it will be helpful to have an overview of how they are organized. Press the MODE button to rotate through the switch timer’s modes: CALendar, CLocK, ProGraM, AUTO, AUTORANDom, and MANual. • Within each mode, menus “loop”, so they repeat when you get to the end. • You must set the CALendar and CLocK before programming ON/OFF times. • If you’re interrupted during programming, your work to that point is automatically saved after 5 minutes. 4 – Clear Any Existing Programming It’s unlikely that the new switch timer has any existing programming but to make sure, use this procedure before setting the time. 1. Open the front cover. 2. Press the RESET button while holding down the NEXT ON/OFF button. 3. Release the RESET button. The screen will initialize, then flash “12:00 am” in MANual mode. 4. Release the NEXT ON/OFF button. All previous settings are now deleted. 5 – Set the Date and Time In order for the switch timer to automatically adjust for seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset, and change back and forth to Daylight Saving Time, the CALENDAR must be set correctly. NOTE: If you go too far, keep pressing the button to loop back around. For Year and Hour, you can also press the YEAR- / HOURbutton to back up. 1. Press MODE to display CAL and the year. The first time, the word YEAR and a number will flash (Fig. 1). 2. Press YEAR+ to stop the flashing. Press again as necessary to display the correct year. 3. Press NEXT ON/OFF to display the date. The word DATE and a number will be flashing (Fig. 2). 1. Press M+ to stop the flashing. Press again as necessary to display the correct month (Fig. 3). 2. Press DAY/DST as necessary to display the correct date (Fig. 3). The correct day of the week is shown as well. 3. Press NEXT ON/OFF to set Daylight Saving Time (DST). The display flashes between DST and AUTO (Fig. 4). 6. Press DAY/DST to stop the flashing. Press again to toggle between AUTO and MAN for whether you want to adjust automatically for DST. -- If your area uses DST, select AUTO (Fig. 5). -- If your area does not use DST, select MAN. 7. Press NEXT ON/OFF to to set your ZONE. The display flashes between ZONE and CENTr (Fig. 6). This feature tracks changes in sunrise and sunset times. North 6. Press ZONE+ to stop the flash- North Center ing. Press again to toggle Center between SOUTh, NORTh, and CENTr. Use the map (Fig. South South 7) to determine your zone. Fig. 7 Fig. 8 7. Press NEXT ON/OFF to set exact sunup and sunset times. The display flashes between SUNUp and an AM time (Fig. 8). Find the exact times in your area in your newspaper or online. -- If you DO NOT want to set exact Sunup and Sunset times: a.Press NEXT ON/OFF to advance to SNSEt. -- If you DO want to set exact Sunup and Sunset times: a.Press HOUR+ as necessary to set the correct SUNUp hour (Fig. 9). NOTE: The small letter “d” tells you that Daylight Saving Time is in effect. a.Press M+ as necessary to set the correct minute. b.Press NEXT ON/OFF to advance to setting exact SNSEt time (Fig. 10). c.Press HOUR+ as necessary to set the correct SNSEt hour. d.Press M+ as necessary to set the correct SNSEt minute. Setting the Calendar is complete. Now set Time of Day. 1. Press MODE to display CLK (clock) and a time. The first time, 12:00 am will flash (Fig. 11). 2. Press HOUR+ to stop the flashing. 3. Press HOUR+ and M+ to set the correct time. NOTE: Make sure AM or PM is correct. Time and Date are now set. You can program ON/OFF settings. 6a – Set an ON/OFF Program at Specific Times 1. Press MODE until the screen displays PGM with blanks for time (Fig. 12). 2. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate. Choices are: -- everyday -- weekdays only (Fig. 13) -- weekends only -- a specific day NOTE: If you go too far, keep pressing DAY/DST to loop back around again. 1. Press HOUR+ to set the hour you want the program to turn ON. 2. Press M+ to set the minutes you want the program to turn ON (Fig. 14). 4. Press NEXT ON/OFF to set the OFF time for the program. The screen again displays blanks (Fig. 15). 1. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate (Fig. 16). NOTE: Since you’re setting an OFF time for an ON event already programmed, choose the same days as in the ON event. 1. Press HOUR+ to set the hour you want the program to turn OFF. 2. Press M+ to set the minutes you want the program to turn OFF (Fig. 17). 4. At this point you have two choices: -- Press MODE if you are finished to exit from programming. -- Press NEXT ON/OFF to set another program. Repeat from 6b – Set an ON/OFF Program for Sunrise/Sunset 1. Press MODE until the screen displays PGM with blanks for time (Fig. 18). 2. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate. Choices are: -- everyday -- weekdays only (Fig. 19) -- weekends only -- a specific day NOTE: If you go too far, keep pressing DAY/DST to loop back around again. 1. Press HOUR+ to select SNST (sunset) or SNUP (sunup) for turning the program ON (Fig. 20). 4. Press NEXT ON/OFF to set the OFF time for the program. The screen again displays blanks (Fig. 21). 1. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate (Fig. 22). NOTE: Since you’re setting an OFF time for an ON event already programmed, choose the same days as in the ON event. 1. Press HOUR+ to select SNST (sunset) or SNUP (sunup) for turning the program OFF (Fig. 23). 4. At this point you have two choices: -- Press MODE if you are finished to exit from programming. -- Press NEXT ON/OFF to set another program. Repeat from Step 2 above. 6c – Setting Sunset ON/Specific Time OFF Sunset ON / Specific Time OFF is the most common setting for the switch timer. As a convenience, here is the full step-by-step. 1. Press MODE until the screen displays PGM with blanks for time (Fig. 24). 2. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate. Choices are: -- everyday -- weekdays only (Fig. 25) -- weekends only -- a specific day NOTE: If you go too far, keep pressing DAY/DST to loop back around again. 1. Press HOUR+ to select SNST (sunset) for turning the program ON (Fig. 26). 4. Press NEXT ON/OFF to set the OFF time for the program. The screen again displays blanks (Fig. 27). 1. Press DAY/DST as many times as necessary to display 12:00 a.m. and the day(s) you want the program to activate (Fig. 28). NOTE: Since you’re setting an OFF time for an ON event already programmed, choose the same days as in the ON event. 1. Press HOUR+ to set the hour you want the program to turn OFF. 2. Press M+ to set the minutes you want the program to turn OFF (Fig. 29). 4. At this point you have two choices: -- Press MODE if you are finished to exit from programming. -- Press NEXT ON/OFF to set another program. Repeat from Step 2 above. 7 – Selecting AUTO, AUTO RANDom, or MANual Operation Once set up, you have three choices for using the switch timer. To make a selection, open the front cover and press the MODE button until you see your choice of the following options: • AUTO — uses the timer settings you have programmed. • AUTO RANDom — gives your home a “lived-in” look by varying your settings by a random amount of ± 20 minutes or so. • MANual — maintains your settings but operates the switch timer like a standard ON/OFF. Press on the door of the switch timer for ON, press again for OFF. Manual Override To override a program (ON/OFF time) till its next schedules time: • Press on the control cover (over the programming buttons) • Open the control cover and press the NEXT ON/OFF button. The “Air Gap” Switch The manual “air gap” switch at he top edge of the switch timer is designed to turn power off for routine maintenance (e.g., repairs, removing broken bulbs, etc.). Using this switch for normal ON/OFF operation will shorten battery life. ON OFF About the Battery • The two LR44/SR44 alkaline batteries maintain calendar and time settings during power interruptions for up to 3 months of accumulated interruptions. All other settings remain in memory indefinitely without batteries or AC power. • Remove batteries if the switch timer will be without AC power for an extended time. • Replace the batteries if the display is dim or displays “lobAT”. • Batteries may be changed without removing AC power. • If AC power is removed, swap batteries within 15 seconds to avoid losing time-of-day and calendar settings. • Remove the battery holder by prying left and right of the holder with the tip of a flat screwdriver, then pry the battery holder up. • Install new batteries in the battery holder as marked, then place it back into the switch timer with notch down. • If the display flashes “12:00,” reset time and check the date.
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