Irritrol PCW Control User Manual
Q: What’s the best way to get technical support?
Contact Irritrol Customer Support by phone at 1-800-634-8873, weekdays 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., PST, or via
e-mail at: email@example.com. Visit the Irritrol Systems website at www.irritrol.com/pccontrol for
product support information.
Q: Why does it matter if a zone is designated for water or lighting?
When a zone is designated for lighting control, the optional watering control features; such as, rain sensor,
master valve/pump start, and scheduling Advisor options, are not factored into the zone operation. In addi-
tion, the PC- Remote handheld provides separate operating controls for watering and lighting zones.
Q: Do I set up a water feature as water zone or a lighting zone?
A: A fountain or water feature should be designated as a lighting zone, since the optional control features pro-
vided for irrigation would not be applicable. Make sure the controller station output is not connected directly
to the water pump. A 24 VAC relay rated at 0.4A maximum must be used. The Irritrol SR-1 relay unit is designed
for this type of application.
Q: How does the contractor change the homeowner’s PIN? Does it require a PC or can it be
done using just the remote?
To change the PIN, the contractor must know the old PIN and use his laptop with the PC remote to change
Q: How do I know what software version I have?
The software version is shown in the top left corner of the program window. You can also access the system
information by selecting Tools>About from the main menu.
Q: How do I know if I have the latest version of the software?
If you have registered your PCW Control system with Irritrol, you will receive a notice when an updated ver-
sion of the software is available.
Q: How many schedules can you have in the program? If you’re a contractor, how many
customer schedules can you save?
A: Currently there is no limit on how many schedules you can have at one time.
Q: Can you schedule a “no” irrigation day?
Yes, you have the option to prevent watering on any days of the week. (See No-Watering Days on page 18.)
Q: What happens if you have overlapping zone schedules
An overlap option is provided in the Settings panel that will enable you to schedule up to three zones to
run simultaneously. The defaut for this option is 0 overlap. Unless it is changed, a prompt will appear if you
attempt to schedule two or more zones to run at the same time. The overlap option is generally used to allow
lighting and irrigation zones to operate simultaneously.
Q: What is the maximum run time per station?
A: Each zone can be scheduled to run for 1 minute to 24 hours, in 1-minute increments.
Q: Does the controller supply power to the landscape lights?
No, the controller provides switching control for a 24 VAC relay with a maximum output of 0.4A per station.
The Irritrol SR-1 relay unit is designed to operate a pump starter or outdoor lighting control box from an irriga-
tion system controller.