Why does my irrigation system finish watering and then start again?
A common reason for a controller to repeat a cycle is too many programmed start times. Only one start time per active program is required, a second start time will cycle the program an additional time.
Individual stations are assigned to a program (A,B,C). Each program requires only one start time to initiate a watering sequence of all the stations assigned to that program. Start times are assigned to programs, not stations. The controller will operate the stations in numerical order. When a station has completed its watering time, the controller will switch to the next station in that program automatically.
Example: Program A has six stations (1-6) assigned to it and the program has one start time at 8:00 AM. At 8:00 AM, station 1 will water, followed by station 2, then station 3, and so on until all six stations have watered.
Setting Watering Start Times
NOTE: One start time will activate all stations sequentially in that program. This eliminates the need to enter each station’s start time. Multiple start times in a program can be used for separate morning, afternoon, or evening watering cycles.
If you find your controller has an additional start time that is causing a program to repeat, the start time will need to be turned to OFF.
Eliminating a Program Start Time
NOTE: If a program has all four-start times turned off, then that program is off. (All other program details are retained.) Because there are no start times, there will be no watering with that program. This is a convenient way to stop watering on one program only without turning the dial to the OFF position.