Pentair Control panel i5+3 Service mode not working

gbhumphrey

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May 19, 2020
6
Palm Springs, CA
Hi, i have a Pentair Control panel i5+3 , and usually only my pool guy goes in there. Well, he's out sick for a while and so I thought I learn about it.
One thing I noticed is in Service mode the "Filter pump" button lights up when pressed, but the pump doesn't come on. All the other button s seem to do what they are supposed to.
I think this used to work but not sure. Auto mode works fine, I can turn on the pump no problem from a remote.
Is there any reason, other than the motherboard being bad, that the Pump wouldn't come on, even though the light is on when the button is pressed?
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
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gb,

I assume you have an IntelliFlo pump.. If so, when in the Service mode the pump no longer receives the RS-485 control from the automation and reverts back to a standalone pump.

Sounds to me like it is working fine.

You can test this out if you wish.. In AUTO the pump's display will say "Display not Active"... In the Service mode, the pump's display will show RPM and allow you to push button on the pump to turn it on.

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

gbhumphrey

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May 19, 2020
6
Palm Springs, CA
Well, that's it, just ran outside and tested. Weird that the pump doesn't start pumping when you press the button, but I guess it's just supplying power or putting it in a mode to the make other choices , like speed, on the pump itself.
thanks!
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
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Bedford, TX
Gb,

The whole point of the Service Mode is to prevent anything from starting on its own or automatically... So, if you want to work on the pump or open your filter, you put it in the Service mode and you don't have to worry about it starting up while you are working on it,

In the old days of Single speeds pumps, the Pump/Filter relay would actually control the AC power to the pump. Moving into this Century, VS pumps have continuous AC power and the relay no longer does anything.. If you have a SWCG, it keeps the SWCG from getting power when the pump is not scheduled to be running.

Thanks,

Jim R.