New Rachio user here. I just got a 16 zone Rachio 3 controller for my 9 zone system. Installation was a breeze, however I’m struggling with setup and configuration - It’s almost overwhelming the amount of knobs and switches there are to configure.
I have a home in the SW Chicago Burbs that has a 9 zone system - 5 fixed heads and 4 rotor zones, all for lawn irrigation. My home is on a corner lot and the portion of the yard headed north and east has what I called a moderate slope to it (Not sure what slight / moderate / steep is defined as…). I set every zone for cold season grass.
Regardless, the schedule came up and said it’s going to water from 6A - 9:24A, which is almost 3.5 hours - that seems excessive to me. My old Hunter controller ran through all zones in about 1.75 hours.
I ticked the boxes for all of the weather intelligence factors, and though it did not rain much yet today, it states that it will water tomorrow for those 3.5 hours and then water again on Sunday for 3.5 hours - though rain is forecasted for every day this week. With the old controller, I could also say “Don’t water on Saturday or Sunday” as those are the days I cut grass.
I can manually turn down the time on the schedule, but turning it down by half or whatever seems excessive also. I feel like I may be doing something wrong here. At 3.5 hours, I’m not going to be saving any money on watering, which was a big selling point. At this rate, I’ll be doubling my irrigation spend! I also feel like I’ll be walking through a yard full of mud!