09-15-2013 03:38 PM
I've wired the Defiant switch into its single-pole position. My home wiring has no connections for the white or red wires (that I see, nor that the other switches have). So I've wired the switch exactly as the Intermatic I'm replacing with the black, blue and green wires connected.
The new switch has no readout on the display, nor any indication of power to the switch. The switch sharing the junction box works and the breaker panel has all breakers on. I've tried the Reset button.
Defective switch? Or improper wiring?
09-20-2013 05:17 PM
Hello nveroske. Welcome to the Community!
There are timers available that do not require that pesky white wire you are missing. Apparently this particular Defiant model is not one of them. It is not unusual for a switch box to contain only the power in and out wires. A switch does not consume power, and therefore does not need a neutral white wire to complete the circuit. It works only as a pass through to interrupt or turn power on to a load.
The Timer you have is not defective, but just needs that white wire. If it is easy to pull a white wire from the load then that's one option for you to make this timer work properly. If this is not easy, I recommend that you return this timer and look at models that clearly say on the package front "No Neutral Wire Required".
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09-20-2013 05:56 PM
Thank you for your time to reply. I called the Home Depot help line, talked to an electrician with this result:
My switch box had white wired tucked in the back. I was uncertain what they did but he assured me. I wire-nutted the Timer to them but still had no readout on the Timer display.
He then had me switch the black and blue wires. That gave me a working display.
He walked me through the programming process in about 5 minutes vs who-knows-how-long it would have taken me adn all is working well..
What I like about the adjusting timer is the automatic adjustment for turning on at dusk as well as the range-variable shut-off time, hence giving the appearance of someone actually being at home. The previous adjusting timer, an Intermatic also purchased from Home Depot in 2008, had quit functioning. This was the 2nd one I've installed since about 2002. Hopefully the Defiant will have a longer life. The concept is excellent and the pricing isn't too bad given the function.
Thanks again for your help.
Flipped them and all was swell. Thanks for lowering my blood pressure.