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    Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    Our current controller is a Fiberstars WPC-2 and while it works okay normally, I don't care for the air temperature sensor-based freeze protection. I've considered upgrading my panel in order to get a water temperature-based sensor, but my pool company's recommendation for a $2000 replacement left me cold. (Sorry.)

    Our needs are pretty basic, I thought - remote for the light and waterfalls, and clock timer for pump scheduling, plus water temperature freeze protection.

    Recommendations for specific panels would be fine, but I'm really looking for a starting point in order to research the issue and compare features. Can you point me in the right direction, please?
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    Re: Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    I thought all automation systems used air temperature for freeze protection
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    Re: Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    You might consider the Z4 system from Jandy/Zodiac. You can buy it with or without the wifi antenna to connect to your home network.
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    Re: Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I thought all automation systems used air temperature for freeze protection
    That had not occurred to me. I like my pool company for repairs, and when they said everything else they worked on was water-sensored, while mine was old, I assumed that technology had passed me by.

    poolkid, I'll look at the Z4, thanks.

    Is there any basic controller 101 info I can review?
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    Re: Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    The freeze protections are based upon the air temperature. For a very basic system you could go with a Pentair Suntouch. However, if you current system has the breakers inside the control panel, which I'm pretty sure it does, you will then need to find a similar system so you can remove the old control box and mount a new one with the breakers in it. This is probably what your pool company quoted you for $2K.
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    Re: Replacing Controller - Where to Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by ps0303 View Post
    The freeze protections are based upon the air temperature. For a very basic system you could go with a Pentair Suntouch. However, if you current system has the breakers inside the control panel, which I'm pretty sure it does, you will then need to find a similar system so you can remove the old control box and mount a new one with the breakers in it. This is probably what your pool company quoted you for $2K.
    They quoted for the Hayward E-Command 4 (HPC-4-ACT_RC) plus installation.

    The problem is that I asked for the quote based upon my belief that I needed a water-temperature-sensor-based system; the old one is working okay. Since I don't need to move away from the air-temperature-sensor-based system, then I have no need for a new panel.

    I say the old one is working okay, but I don't know what temperature kicks it on (though ice does close the circuit), and based as it is in a warmer panel box against my house, the temperature probably reads higher than ambient.

    So - nice save, folks. I'll revisit when the control box gives up completely. Thanks.
    Jaywalker

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