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Installing a Intermatic PE153 Digital Timer
for a Swimming Pool Application

Intermatic Digital Timer PE153

This installation guide is for connecting a
2-speed motor and optional Polaris Pump


Note: (all references to circuit 3 for this connection is this installation is in reference to connecting a Polaris booster pump. Circuit 3 could be used for water features, garden, fountain or landscape applications. Circuit 3 can also be wired for 120v. This connect is NOT covered in this set of instructions.)
Read the Intermatic installation manual first. This will give you a understanding of the timer. They seem to lack the ability to give a adiquate description as to correctly connect the timer for this set-up. The following instructions will help you out and hopefully not get frustrated.

220v only

Study the picture to see proper connections for a 3-circuit connection.

Verify that the jumper is set to 220v on the back of the timer.
It should be set at 220v from the factory.
Make sure ALL power is OFF before connecting the timer!




1) Incoming power (220v) connects to terminals 1 and 2 (timer power)

2) Make 3 jumper wires about 4inches long.

3) Connect jumper wires from terminal 1 to 3 to 5 to 7.
See the picture if in doubt
4) Common wire to the pump motor connects to terminal 2

5) High speed wire from pump motor connects to terminal 4

6) Low speed wire from pump motor connects to terminal 6

OPTIONAL Polaris Pump – 220v only

7) Common wire from Polaris motor connects to terminal 8

8) Hot wire from Polaris motor connects to terminal 2

Wiring breakdown by Terminal



1) Incoming 220v

2) Incoming 220v, Pool Pump motor, Polaris pump Motor (3 wires)

3) Jumper connected to terminal 1

4) High speed from motor

5) Jumper connected to terminal 3

6) Low speed from motor

Polaris pump

7) Jumper connected to terminal 5

8) Common wire to Polaris motor




Check ALL Connections

Now that all the connections have been made.

Double check all your jumper wires and connections.

All good? If in doubt look at the picture above.

Turn power ON and the digital timer should be flashing 12:00.

Since this is for a 2-speed motor and optional Polaris booster pump you will need to make sure it is in Mode 4. It comes in Mode 1. Your timer will not work correctly in Mode Setting 1.

Changing the Mode

Press the small button just above the PROG button for 5 seconds or until the mode number starts flashing. It’s on the right side of the display.

Use the up and down buttons to change it from Mode 1 to Mode 4.

Press ENTER

Now verify that the timer says Mode 4.

Setting the Run Times

This part of the PE153 instruction manual can be hard to understand.
I have a different way on setting the run times than the manufacturer.

I set the low-speed, high-speed and Polaris pump times BEFORE setting the timer to the correct time of day.

Why?

Because your most likely going to be setting this timer up during a run cycle. I would rather not have the pump(s) running while I’m initially setting up the timer.



I like to set the low-speed time first because the high-speed time can only run inside the low speed time window.

Example

Low speed – 8:00am - 8:00pm.

High speed – 11:00am-1:00pm.

Polaris – 11:15am – 12:50pm (Note: this pump can only run during the high-speed cycle)

Setting the Low-speed run time

1) Press PROG and look to the left and see that is in Load 1.

2) Press PROG until you see Load 2 (low speed) Event 1 only. If you see Event 2 press PROG again until you get back to Load 2 Event 1. 3) Using the up and down buttons set the start time then press ENTER.

4)Then set the end time and press ENTER.

5) Low speed time is now set.

6)Press PROG until you get to Load1 Event 1 (high-speed).

Setting the High-speed run time

Using the up and down buttons set the start time then press ENTER.

Then set the end time and press ENTER. High speed time is now set.

Setting the Polaris run time

Press PROG until you see Load 3 Event 1 (Polaris pump).

Using the up and down buttons set the start time then press ENTER.

Then set the end time and press ENTER. Polaris time is now set (Running time must be during High Speed cycle).

IF you make any mistake you can start again by pressing the PROG twice.

Setting the Clock

Now that everything is set, let’s set the Clock for the proper time.

Press PROG until you see Clock and on the left side of the display of the flashing 12:00 you should see am or pm.

Using the up and down buttons set the start time then press ENTER.

(Look to side of the flashing 12:00 numbers displayed while setting for am or pm run times) Then set the end time and press ENTER. Timer Clock is now set.

At this time most likely the pump will come on because you’re setting the timer up during one of the run cycles and it will be on either High or Low-speed.

You’re done!

Manually turning on and off timer

You can manually turn the main pump or Polaris pump on or off any time from the buttons associated with their use.

High Speed on/off – Circuit 1

Low Speed on/off – Circuit 2

Polaris on/off – Circuit 3 (If you press this during a low speed cycle the timer will switch to high speed while it’s on).

My hope in presenting this information is to make connecting this digital timer easier to install.

DISCLAIMER: If you are not sure about how to connect this timer or are afraid to connect the timer yourself - contact an electrician. Safety First!

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