Good for when you are just heating your driveway, stairs or walkways. Can handle up to 30 amps without the use of a contactor panel and is perfect for smaller ground projects less than 150ft. Installed outdoors.
Since it has 2 x 30 amp relays, this is a good choice when heating your walkway/stairs/driveway or even your roof/gutter at the same time. Installed outdoors.
Use this controller for simultaneous control of your roof and gutter deicing needs. The controller can handle up to 1200ft of heating wire or the equivalent of a large custom home. Installed outdoors.ET02: This is designed to run very large installations. Simultaneously handles ground and roof/gutter combinations. This controller is programmable with a backlit graphical for maximum customization. Mounted indoors.
This is designed to run very large installations. Simultaneously handles ground and roof/gutter combinations. This controller is programmable with a backlit graphical for maximum customization. Mounted indoors.
2 How to install the DS8
2.1 Basic Installation
First and foremost, these units including the moisture sensor are designed to be mounted outside, against the side of your home. For reliable snow and rain detection, the moisture grid must be mounted so that it is exposed to a clear view of the sky.To prevent ice buildup in your gutter, install the sensor inside the gutter as indicated above. What happens, is that when snow is melted from the roof and the water hits the sensor it will trigger the unit and keep your gutters clear from potential ice build-up. When installing in this fashion, mount the sensor against the fascia board with a 1” C” size conduit clamp.You can install in your downspout as well, keeping the sensor facing up inside the downspout and near the top. As melted snow goes from your gutter into the downspout, the unit will activate when water hits the sensor. When installing in this fashion, mount the sensor against the fascia board with a 1” C” size conduit clamp.
2.2 Inside the Gutter
2.3 Inside the Downspout
3.1 Quick setup
It comes with the both the temperature and delay-off settings positioned in the center. Temperature setting (temp adjust) is 39 degrees and delay-off (delay adjust) is 30 min. The settings can be changed as needed by removing the front cover and turning those dials.See scheme.REMOVE ALL SENSOR AND CONTROLLED POWER BEFORE OPENING THE FRONT COVER!!!!.CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS.
4.1 It is still snowing outside but the snow is no longer being melted off my roof.
Moisture sensor placement is crucial to the proper operation of your unit. If you install it in an area prone to snow slides, the sensor can get buried. The sensor head runs hot enough to melt the snow above it for an inch or so, but if enough snow piles on top of it, there will be an igloo effect that will prevent snowfall from reaching the sensor grid. A good rule of thumb, if you are installing the moisture sensor in the gutter, is to place it below one of the heat cable loops to try to help make sure whatever is coming down the roof gets melted before it runs onto the moisture sensor. It helps keep the sensor from getting buried.
4.2 I installed my DS8 and my heating system but it is not melting any snow or ice.
Check to see how you have your moisture sensor positioned. Whether it is in your gutter or your downspout, remember that the moisture sensor must be facing upward so that precipitation will fall on top of it. This will trigger the powering on of your heating system.If everything is positioned correctly, contact the electrician who performed the installation to make sure that all connections have been made according to the instructions in the manual that came with the unit.
4.3 After a deicing cycle is complete my roof still has some ice/snow on it. Why?
You should try adjusting your Delay Off cycle longer to allow the deicing system to clear all of the snow and dry the surface. The Delay Off adjustment 12 o’clock position is 30 minutes moving to 90 minutes at 3 o’clock. If this does not cure the problem or if snow/ice removal is patchy, check to see if the deicing system itself is working properly.
5.1 Can my system be programmed to only detect rain?
No. This is primarily designed to detect snow. However, if you unplug the temperature probe from the probe jack, the unit will turn on when any precipitation falls on the sensor.
5.2 The yellow light at the bottom of my sensor keeps on blinking. Is something wrong?
Nothing is wrong. The steady blinking indicates that the unit is powered on and deicing is taking place. A steady on indicates power but no trigger. A steady off indicates no power to the unit.