I currently have six Intermatic SS7(c) electronic light switch timers
installed in a house. In the years since they were installed, I have
had four failures requiring replacement.
In the troubleshooting information (as well in some topics in here),
this problem is usually connected with cold temperatures. I live in an
area which basically never goes below freezing, and the majority of the
timers are inside the heated home, anyway. The one unheated switch, in
a garage, has yet to fail.
I contacted Intermatic, and they told me this is a known issue, they
are redesigning the SS7's and SS8's, and they're due out in March or
I decided to try someone new, and found Aube Technologies. The prices
are comparable to Intermatics, and while I haven't found a local dealer
yet, I have found an internet supplier (http://www.atlantasupply.com )
which will ship these for free.
Has anyone had experience with Aube switches? Are they reliable? I am
looking at the T1034, which has a solar timetable, but I imagine
feedback on the regular, T1032 timer would be helpful as well.
While I probably won't go back to Intermatic again, I am looking at the
EJ500, which the Intermatic rep told me does not have the flaw of the
SS7/8's. Any experience with these would be nice, too.
Thanks for your input. Any other recommendations are welcome, too.