Hi Rachio! I was very excited to take apart my Hunter Pro C controller today and I install the Rachio Gen 2. I am experiencing some issues now that it’s (possibly incorrectly) installed, so I have a few questions about the wires, connectivity, and the device itself.
- Hardwiring: my Hunter Pro C is not technically hardwired. It was plugged into an outlet that is connected to the ceiling in my garage. That plug and cord are cut and are connected to the hunter. Not technically hardwired, but just rewired to an outlet, if that makes sense. Do I need the outdoor controller in order to connect those wires and plug in the gen 2 unit, or am I able to cut the the Rachio power cord and splice the two together?
1a) Hardwiring, continued: I went ahead and bought the outdoor unit, and connected the existing wires to the outdoor unit. I may have added an unnecessary step due to this.
Sprinkler wiring: There were 3 wires that were connected with my Hunter Pro C (REM, AC1, AC2) that I can’t find a place for on the Rachio. The AC1 and AC2 (red and white) were connected to the same place the hunter “power” wires (cord coming from the outlet, cut, and connected to the Hunter terminals inside) were connected to. I read on a Rachio thread that these three wires (REM, AC1, AC2) were not needed, so I did not use them when I installed it. I did not use the ground wire since there isn’t one, and it’s not “technically” hardwired. I put a cap on the green one. Is this the correct way to handle the REM, AC1, and AC2 wires?
Connectivity/booting: Once I flipped my breaker and plugged in the AC cord on the Rachio (AC that connects to the outdoor unit), only the 1st light would stay solid blue. No blinking; it would just go straight to sold blue. After a few tries of unplugging and plugging it back in, it seemed it would light up and blink when the power was inserted about halfway, then would turn off when inserted fully. I kept unplugging and replugging and finally, there was a blinking 1st light and blinking 2nd light. 1st light never blinked a solid blue, and the Rachio could never be found when trying to connect via app. I reset the device and power cycled it several times, and also switched the “hardwire” wires in case there was a potential polarity issue, and got the same results.
So, overall, need help with the hardwire/not hardwire issue, REM, AC1, and AC2 wires, and the booting. Really hoping that once this is resolved that things will be more smooth once it’s up and running. Really looking forward to it! Thanks in advance!