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Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps

Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps

If you're a pool owner, you know that keeping your pool clean and well-maintained is essential. One of the most important parts of pool maintenance is ensuring that your pool pump is running on a regular schedule. That's where Intermatic pool timers come in


Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps

What is an Intermatic Pool Timer?

An Intermatic pool timer is a device that helps you regulate the schedule of your pool pump. It is a programmable device that can turn your pool pump on and off at predetermined times. This ensures that your pool pump is running at the most effective times of the day, helping to keep your pool clean and well-maintained.

How Does an Intermatic Pool Timer Work?

Intermatic pool timers work by controlling the power to your pool pump. The timer is installed between the power source and the pump, and it regulates the electrical current that flows to the pump. The timer can be set to turn the pump on and off at specific times of the day. This means that you can set the pump to run during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower, helping you save money on your energy bill.




If you have an Intermatic pool timer that is not working, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue before calling a professional. Fixing an Intermatic Timer can be simple and easy. Here are some steps you can take to diagnose and potentially fix the problem:

1. Check the power supply: The first thing to check is whether your pool timer is getting power. Make sure that the power supply to the timer is turned on and that the circuit breaker has not tripped. If the circuit breaker has tripped, reset it and see if the timer starts working. A power outage may cause the timer to stop working but if the timer does not come on and the breaker has not tripped; a power surge may have taken out the timer or pump

Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps


2. Check the time: If the timer is not turning on, check that the time and schedule are correctly set. Make sure that the timer is set to the correct time of day and that the schedule is set to turn on and off at the appropriate times. A power outage can cause the timer to loose time and will need to be reset. If the time is correct follow the next step.


3. Check the trippers/timer dogs: The trippers are tabs that are used to set the timer. Make sure that the trippers are properly installed and that they are not missing, loose or damaged. If a tripper is missing or damaged, replace it with a new one. Check the center screw on the yellow dial to make sure it is snug and in place


Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps


4. Check the motor: If the timer is still not working, check the motor. Turn off the power to the timer and remove the motor cover. Check the motor shaft for any signs of damage or wear. You may want to check that nothing is blocking the motor. The gears in the mechanical timer can get damaged. Bugs and Geckos can get in and harm the gears or build up debris. If the motor is damaged, it will need to be replaced.

5. Check the wiring: If the motor is working correctly, check the wiring. Make sure that all the wires are properly connected and that there are no loose connections. If any wires are damaged, they will need to be replaced.

6. Manual switch is to tight or stuck. If you find it hard to flip the manual switch a little WD-40 will help. Just spray it and move the switch gently. This should loosen it up after any build up has been removed.


Intermatic Pool Timer Troubleshooting Steps


6. Sometimes it may seem like the timer is the issue but the next step may actually be the pump or the wiring between the two. If there isn't an issue with the timer but the pump isn't turning on or off. Time to check your pump.


7. Call a professional: If you have tried all of the above steps and your Intermatic pool timer is still not working, it may be time to call a professional. A qualified electrician or pool technician will be able to diagnose and fix the issue.

In summary, if your Intermatic pool timer is not working, the first step is to check the power supply, time, and trippers. If those are not the issue, check the motor and wiring. If all else fails, call a professional to diagnose and fix the problem.



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