I’ve just been winterizing my system as I do every year but this is my first Rachio winter as it were. For me this basically amounts to shutting off the water and running all zones with my compressor (with high CFM, of course) hooked up to the water line through a compressor fitting inlet I plumbed in.
I was searching for an automated way to do this and found that the closest thing I could do was to create a program that included all zones for say 3 minutes each zone. However, you have to create the program with a schedule and then come back an disable it and do some additional tweaking. Basically it’s this:
Even with all this, the one thing you can’t do is to create a gap (time) between zones so that your compressor can recover and fully pressurize for the next zone. And of course you get low flow warnings and the like.
It seems this would be really simple for Rachio to add to the GUI as a special program and would just need these settings as I see it:
- Zones to run
- Amount of time per zone
- Amount of time in between zones to allow compressor to catch up / cool / rest
- Turn off all alerts (low flow, etc.) and modifiers such as the Weather Intel, soak cycle, etc.
I did see but have not tried the http://winterizinator.com/Default.aspx site but, yeah, having this externally seems poor and like others mention, giving your API key to a 3rd-party site isn’t the right thing to do. Instead, this should just be part of app.rach.io.