A controller with a partial or blank display usually has damage to an electronic component on the internal circuit board. Normally this type of damage cannot be repaired. If the controller was installed outside be sure that the door remains closed completely when left unattended. Moisture intrusion is one of the more common reasons this problem may occur.
- Some other reasons for a damaged display are voltage surges and lightning. Bad wire connections on the controller's primary power side can also create issues.
- A problematic display may be the result of the controller reacting to a field issue. If a short in the valve field wiring is substantial enough, it could cause damage to the internal circuit board. Be sure to check all connections thoroughly.
On the Pro-C controller a 9 volt battery can be installed in the back of the face panel. A working face panel will display a NO or NO AC message after a fresh 9 volt battery is installed.If there is no dispaly with a working 9v battery, the panel will need to be replaced.
If the display appears after 9v battery installed, make sure there is power to the controller's outlet. Use a test lamp or any other 110VAC device to determine if there is voltage at the outlet. If there isn’t power there, or if you have a controller that is hard wired, check the circuit breaker at the main breaker box.
Caution: High voltage testing on the transformers primary power side should only be done by a professional electrician or irrigation contractor.
If you have power at the outlet, the next thing to check is the transformer output. Use a voltmeter to check the voltage either on the two transformer wires or at the two AC screw terminals on the controller. The transformer should have an output in the range of 24VAC to 28VAC.
If the wall outlet has 110VAC and the transformer has no voltage output, you need to replace the transformer.