I’ve been using Rachio with a 6 zone indexing valve for a few years and hoping to see improvements to the functionality with this setup. Unless I’m missing something, I have not seen any improvements in the last few years. I have three general recommendations that I think would benefit all indexing valve users:
If Rachio knows I have an indexing valve, and I run a manual watering, can’t the app keep track of what zone I’m on?
Along those lines, as long as I’m starting from the right zone (which would require some way to confirm the current zone through the app), and I wanted to run a zone that is three zones down the indexing valve, couldn’t Rachio start and stop the system three times to get there? This would potentially limit the ability to run manual waterings, although it seems that the app should be able to keep track of how many zones it has cycled through.
If I want to manually water, right now I have to start and stop each zone manually. I read on another post that you guys were working on adding a break in between in zone for indexing valves, so I could just say, manually water all for 20 minutes and the app could insert the breaks.I don’t see this functionality, although it was mentioned in 2015 on these forums.
The way I’ve been told to set up my schedules with an index valve is to set up separate schedules for each zone. That means if I want to make a overall schedule, I have to go into the 6 different schedules to make the same change, which is painful. Why not make it so that indexing valve users can change all their zones with one change?
Because I need to use the manual function, the climate skip applies when it thinks I’ve watered the same zone recently, when in fact I’ve just cycled through the zones to get to where I want to be, so even the intuitive features don’t work on an indexing valve.
I’d like to know if I’m missing something with the functionality of the app. If I’m not, I would like an update on when some of these features could be added to the road map for improvements.