WR2 SERIES

Wireless rain/freeze sensor
  • Designed for 24 vac residential and commercial irrigation systems.
  • Intelligent irrigation shutoff device. programming logic within the wrs can suspend irrigation when the amount  of rainfall exceeds the rainfall set point. Likewise, the wireless rain/freeze sensor will suspend irrigation when the system reaches a programmed low temperature set point.
  • Sensor Led indicator enables one person set up, reducing installation time.
  • Water Savings:

- Caves water and extends irrigation system life by automatically sensing precipitation and interrupting irrigation during rain and low temperature events.
- “Quick shut off” feature suspends irrigation during rain events.
- Convenient adjustment and monitoring of rain or freeze settings at the controller interface.

  • Reliability and ease of use:

- Highly intuitive icon-driven controller interface simplifies programming.
- Enhanced antenna array provides superior signal reliability that overcomes most line-of-sight obstructions.
- Simple battery replacement requiring no tools or need to disassemble sensor.
- Easy to install, self-leveling sensor bracket mounts to flat surfaces or rain gutters.
- High-grade, Uv resistant polymer units resist harmful environmental affects.

WR2-RFC: rain/freeze combo.

  • Adjustable rainfall settings from 3 to 13 mm.
  • Adjustable low temperature settings from 0.5° to 5°C (Rain/Freeze model only)
  • Three irrigation modes to select: programmed, suspend irrigation for 72 hours, Override sensor for 72 hours.
  • Interface delivered with 76,2 cm of cable to connect to the controller.
  • WR2 wireless sensor communication range: superior to 90 m.

 

ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Suitable for use with 24 VAC controllers (with or without pump start / master valve)
  • Electrical rating suitable for use with up to six 24VACc 7VA solenoids plus an additional master valve or pump start that does not exceed 53VA controller interface wire: 76 cm length of 0.64 mm UV resistant extension wire.
  • Antenna adjusts to maintain optimal signal strength transmission and reduce power consumption.
  • Battery life: three or more years under normal operating conditions.
  • 6 KV surge/lighting protection.

WR2 Controller Interface

- Width: 7,9 cm
- Length: 17,2 cm
- Depth: 3,3 cm
- Distance between mounting holes: 15,9 cm

WR2 Sensor Assembly

- Sensor Length: 14,7 cm
- Attachment Bracket Length: 11,7 cm
- Distance bet ween mounting holes: 10,8 cm
- Horizontal displacement (bracket + fixed ball arm): 14,1 cm

How do we use a rain sensor with a pump that is operated utilizing a pump start relay? Is there way to signal the pump that once the rain sensor activates the pump should not operate?

The only way to do this is to make sure that the common from the pump start relay is connected to the common bundle in the controller. If the sensor interrupts the common, it will interrupt the common for everything connected to the common port.

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

How do I test the WR2?

If a contractor is required to test the rain or rain / freeze functionality of the WR2 product family, we recommend the following procedures: WR2 Test Procedures (PDF: 17 KB)

What is the function of the “Quick Shut Off” feature?

If the irrigation cycle is running and the WR2 sensor detects rainfall during the irrigation schedule, the WR2 will suspend irrigation without the need for rainfall accumulation.  This feature eliminates the wasteful running of the irrigation system during a rain event – saving the home owner embarrassment and potential fines / penalties.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage. Additionally, the sensor will automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller Interface and “pair” once power is restored.

If the battery on the WR2 sensor goes dead after 4 years of service and is not replaced in a timely way, will the irrigation system continue to irrigate or does the system shut off until the battery is replaced?

If the battery goes dead and is not replaced in a timely fashion, the time based irrigation controller resumes its normal programmed schedule and continues to irrigate in accordance with that schedule.

Can you splice into the WR2 Controller interface cable harness and extend the wire run to accommodate out door installations without affecting the performance of the WR2?

You can splice into this 30 inch cable to extend its length without impacting performance.  Total wire runs of 50 feet or less will not affect the device.

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

During installation, the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon continues to flash.  What does that mean?

The WR2 sensor has not paired and is not communicating with the WR2 Controller Interface.  Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to pair the sensor to the controller interface. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). An additional step might be to check proper orientation of the sensor battery or to replace the battery. 

After I wire the WR2 rain sensor to the controller and apply power, the LCD on the WR2 Controller Interface remains blank.  What is the problem?

The WR2 Controller Interface is not receiving power. Confirm the correct wiring of the WR2 Controller Interface to the Irrigation Controller. Refer to the user manual for proper wiring. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB)

How many, and what type of battery is found in the WR2 Sensor?

There is one (1) Lithium CR2032 battery in the sensor.  To order this spare part from Rain Bird, please request part number #651009S from an authorized distributor.

How do I replace the sensor battery?

Remove battery cassette from bottom of sensor.
Remove battery from cassette.
Insert new battery using label on battery cassette to properly orient the battery.
Insert the battery cassette back into the sensor.  Align arrow on battery cassette with unlocked position indication on sensor and turn clockwise to locked position indication.
Sensor LED blinks once to indicate the sensor is powered up.
The WR2 Sensor automatically reacquires the WR2 Controller Interface.  Check the WR2 Controller Interface LCD for signal strength indication prior to leaving the jobsite.

How do I know when I should replace the sensor battery?

We recommend changing the battery in the sensor when only one vertical bar is illuminated in the “Battery Life Remaining” icon found on the WR2 Controller Interface LCD.

What is the life expectancy of the battery in the sensor?

4 years under normal operating conditions.

Can the WR2 be installed and operated in conjunction with other accessory products such as a soil moisture sensor?

YES.  In fact, third party research indicates significant additional water savings can be achieved when combining a soil moisture sensor with a rain sensor.  Refer to proper installation instructions when wiring both accessories to a standard controller.

What training tools are available for my education on the WR2?

All training tools for the proper installation and programming of the WR2 are available on the website. Training tools include user manuals and interactive programming videos.

My WR2 rain sensor is not inhibiting irrigation.  What might be a cause for this?

If your standard controller has a sensor switch, ensure the sensor switch is in the “active” position. If the switch is left in the “bypass” position after WR2 installation, the WR2 rain sensor will not inhibit the irrigation schedule.

Are there any unique wiring configurations to consider when installing the WR2 with a controller? 

The WR2 is compatible with all Rain Bird and competitor controllers.  For those controllers that do not have an onboard power source, a separate 24VAC transformer will be required to operate the WR2 Controller Interface. Proper wiring instructions are found in Section 2 of the WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). A unique wiring diagram for the ESP-MC and ESP-LXM (PDF: 229 KB) is also available.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage.

How do we use a rain sensor with a pump that is operated utilizing a pump start relay? Is there way to signal the pump that once the rain sensor activates the pump should not operate?

The only way to do this is to make sure that the common from the pump start relay is connected to the common bundle in the controller. If the sensor interrupts the common, it will interrupt the common for everything connected to the common port.

Are there any unique wiring configurations to consider when installing the WR2 with a controller? 

The WR2 is compatible with all Rain Bird and competitor controllers.  For those controllers that do not have an onboard power source, a separate 24VAC transformer will be required to operate the WR2 Controller Interface. Proper wiring instructions are found in Section 2 of the WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). A unique wiring diagram for the ESP-MC and ESP-LXM (PDF: 229 KB) is also available.

What training tools are available for my education on the WR2?

All training tools for the proper installation and programming of the WR2 are available on the website. Training tools include user manuals and interactive programming videos.

Can the WR2 be installed and operated in conjunction with other accessory products such as a soil moisture sensor?

YES.  In fact, third party research indicates significant additional water savings can be achieved when combining a soil moisture sensor with a rain sensor.  Refer to proper installation instructions when wiring both accessories to a standard controller.

What is the life expectancy of the battery in the sensor?

4 years under normal operating conditions.

How do I know when I should replace the sensor battery?

We recommend changing the battery in the sensor when only one vertical bar is illuminated in the “Battery Life Remaining” icon found on the WR2 Controller Interface LCD.

How many, and what type of battery is found in the WR2 Sensor?

There is one (1) Lithium CR2032 battery in the sensor.  To order this spare part from Rain Bird, please request part number #651009S from an authorized distributor.

During installation, the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon continues to flash.  What does that mean?

The WR2 sensor has not paired and is not communicating with the WR2 Controller Interface.  Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to pair the sensor to the controller interface. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). An additional step might be to check proper orientation of the sensor battery or to replace the battery. 

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

Can you splice into the WR2 Controller interface cable harness and extend the wire run to accommodate out door installations without affecting the performance of the WR2?

You can splice into this 30 inch cable to extend its length without impacting performance.  Total wire runs of 50 feet or less will not affect the device.

If the battery on the WR2 sensor goes dead after 4 years of service and is not replaced in a timely way, will the irrigation system continue to irrigate or does the system shut off until the battery is replaced?

If the battery goes dead and is not replaced in a timely fashion, the time based irrigation controller resumes its normal programmed schedule and continues to irrigate in accordance with that schedule.

What is the function of the “Quick Shut Off” feature?

If the irrigation cycle is running and the WR2 sensor detects rainfall during the irrigation schedule, the WR2 will suspend irrigation without the need for rainfall accumulation.  This feature eliminates the wasteful running of the irrigation system during a rain event – saving the home owner embarrassment and potential fines / penalties.

How do I test the WR2?

If a contractor is required to test the rain or rain / freeze functionality of the WR2 product family, we recommend the following procedures: WR2 Test Procedures (PDF: 17 KB)

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

How do I replace the sensor battery?

Remove battery cassette from bottom of sensor.
Remove battery from cassette.
Insert new battery using label on battery cassette to properly orient the battery.
Insert the battery cassette back into the sensor.  Align arrow on battery cassette with unlocked position indication on sensor and turn clockwise to locked position indication.
Sensor LED blinks once to indicate the sensor is powered up.
The WR2 Sensor automatically reacquires the WR2 Controller Interface.  Check the WR2 Controller Interface LCD for signal strength indication prior to leaving the jobsite.

After I wire the WR2 rain sensor to the controller and apply power, the LCD on the WR2 Controller Interface remains blank.  What is the problem?

The WR2 Controller Interface is not receiving power. Confirm the correct wiring of the WR2 Controller Interface to the Irrigation Controller. Refer to the user manual for proper wiring. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB)

My WR2 rain sensor is not inhibiting irrigation.  What might be a cause for this?

If your standard controller has a sensor switch, ensure the sensor switch is in the “active” position. If the switch is left in the “bypass” position after WR2 installation, the WR2 rain sensor will not inhibit the irrigation schedule.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage. Additionally, the sensor will automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller Interface and “pair” once power is restored.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage.

How do we use a rain sensor with a pump that is operated utilizing a pump start relay? Is there way to signal the pump that once the rain sensor activates the pump should not operate?

The only way to do this is to make sure that the common from the pump start relay is connected to the common bundle in the controller. If the sensor interrupts the common, it will interrupt the common for everything connected to the common port.

Are there any unique wiring configurations to consider when installing the WR2 with a controller? 

The WR2 is compatible with all Rain Bird and competitor controllers.  For those controllers that do not have an onboard power source, a separate 24VAC transformer will be required to operate the WR2 Controller Interface. Proper wiring instructions are found in Section 2 of the WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). A unique wiring diagram for the ESP-MC and ESP-LXM (PDF: 229 KB) is also available.

What training tools are available for my education on the WR2?

All training tools for the proper installation and programming of the WR2 are available on the website. Training tools include user manuals and interactive programming videos.

Can the WR2 be installed and operated in conjunction with other accessory products such as a soil moisture sensor?

YES.  In fact, third party research indicates significant additional water savings can be achieved when combining a soil moisture sensor with a rain sensor.  Refer to proper installation instructions when wiring both accessories to a standard controller.

What is the life expectancy of the battery in the sensor?

4 years under normal operating conditions.

How do I know when I should replace the sensor battery?

We recommend changing the battery in the sensor when only one vertical bar is illuminated in the “Battery Life Remaining” icon found on the WR2 Controller Interface LCD.

How many, and what type of battery is found in the WR2 Sensor?

There is one (1) Lithium CR2032 battery in the sensor.  To order this spare part from Rain Bird, please request part number #651009S from an authorized distributor.

How do we use a rain sensor with a pump that is operated utilizing a pump start relay? Is there way to signal the pump that once the rain sensor activates the pump should not operate?

The only way to do this is to make sure that the common from the pump start relay is connected to the common bundle in the controller. If the sensor interrupts the common, it will interrupt the common for everything connected to the common port.

What is the life expectancy of the battery in the sensor?

4 years under normal operating conditions.

How do I know when I should replace the sensor battery?

We recommend changing the battery in the sensor when only one vertical bar is illuminated in the “Battery Life Remaining” icon found on the WR2 Controller Interface LCD.

How many, and what type of battery is found in the WR2 Sensor?

There is one (1) Lithium CR2032 battery in the sensor.  To order this spare part from Rain Bird, please request part number #651009S from an authorized distributor.

During installation, the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon continues to flash.  What does that mean?

The WR2 sensor has not paired and is not communicating with the WR2 Controller Interface.  Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to pair the sensor to the controller interface. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). An additional step might be to check proper orientation of the sensor battery or to replace the battery. 

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

Can you splice into the WR2 Controller interface cable harness and extend the wire run to accommodate out door installations without affecting the performance of the WR2?

You can splice into this 30 inch cable to extend its length without impacting performance.  Total wire runs of 50 feet or less will not affect the device.

If the battery on the WR2 sensor goes dead after 4 years of service and is not replaced in a timely way, will the irrigation system continue to irrigate or does the system shut off until the battery is replaced?

If the battery goes dead and is not replaced in a timely fashion, the time based irrigation controller resumes its normal programmed schedule and continues to irrigate in accordance with that schedule.

What is the function of the “Quick Shut Off” feature?

If the irrigation cycle is running and the WR2 sensor detects rainfall during the irrigation schedule, the WR2 will suspend irrigation without the need for rainfall accumulation.  This feature eliminates the wasteful running of the irrigation system during a rain event – saving the home owner embarrassment and potential fines / penalties.

How do I test the WR2?

If a contractor is required to test the rain or rain / freeze functionality of the WR2 product family, we recommend the following procedures: WR2 Test Procedures (PDF: 17 KB)

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

During installation, the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon continues to flash.  What does that mean?

The WR2 sensor has not paired and is not communicating with the WR2 Controller Interface.  Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to pair the sensor to the controller interface. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). An additional step might be to check proper orientation of the sensor battery or to replace the battery. 

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

Can you splice into the WR2 Controller interface cable harness and extend the wire run to accommodate out door installations without affecting the performance of the WR2?

You can splice into this 30 inch cable to extend its length without impacting performance.  Total wire runs of 50 feet or less will not affect the device.

If the battery on the WR2 sensor goes dead after 4 years of service and is not replaced in a timely way, will the irrigation system continue to irrigate or does the system shut off until the battery is replaced?

If the battery goes dead and is not replaced in a timely fashion, the time based irrigation controller resumes its normal programmed schedule and continues to irrigate in accordance with that schedule.

What is the function of the “Quick Shut Off” feature?

If the irrigation cycle is running and the WR2 sensor detects rainfall during the irrigation schedule, the WR2 will suspend irrigation without the need for rainfall accumulation.  This feature eliminates the wasteful running of the irrigation system during a rain event – saving the home owner embarrassment and potential fines / penalties.

How do I test the WR2?

If a contractor is required to test the rain or rain / freeze functionality of the WR2 product family, we recommend the following procedures: WR2 Test Procedures (PDF: 17 KB)

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

Are there any unique wiring configurations to consider when installing the WR2 with a controller? 

The WR2 is compatible with all Rain Bird and competitor controllers.  For those controllers that do not have an onboard power source, a separate 24VAC transformer will be required to operate the WR2 Controller Interface. Proper wiring instructions are found in Section 2 of the WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). A unique wiring diagram for the ESP-MC and ESP-LXM (PDF: 229 KB) is also available.

What training tools are available for my education on the WR2?

All training tools for the proper installation and programming of the WR2 are available on the website. Training tools include user manuals and interactive programming videos.

Can the WR2 be installed and operated in conjunction with other accessory products such as a soil moisture sensor?

YES.  In fact, third party research indicates significant additional water savings can be achieved when combining a soil moisture sensor with a rain sensor.  Refer to proper installation instructions when wiring both accessories to a standard controller.

How do I replace the sensor battery?

Remove battery cassette from bottom of sensor.
Remove battery from cassette.
Insert new battery using label on battery cassette to properly orient the battery.
Insert the battery cassette back into the sensor.  Align arrow on battery cassette with unlocked position indication on sensor and turn clockwise to locked position indication.
Sensor LED blinks once to indicate the sensor is powered up.
The WR2 Sensor automatically reacquires the WR2 Controller Interface.  Check the WR2 Controller Interface LCD for signal strength indication prior to leaving the jobsite.

After I wire the WR2 rain sensor to the controller and apply power, the LCD on the WR2 Controller Interface remains blank.  What is the problem?

The WR2 Controller Interface is not receiving power. Confirm the correct wiring of the WR2 Controller Interface to the Irrigation Controller. Refer to the user manual for proper wiring. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB)

My WR2 rain sensor is not inhibiting irrigation.  What might be a cause for this?

If your standard controller has a sensor switch, ensure the sensor switch is in the “active” position. If the switch is left in the “bypass” position after WR2 installation, the WR2 rain sensor will not inhibit the irrigation schedule.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage. Additionally, the sensor will automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller Interface and “pair” once power is restored.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage.

How do I replace the sensor battery?

Remove battery cassette from bottom of sensor.
Remove battery from cassette.
Insert new battery using label on battery cassette to properly orient the battery.
Insert the battery cassette back into the sensor.  Align arrow on battery cassette with unlocked position indication on sensor and turn clockwise to locked position indication.
Sensor LED blinks once to indicate the sensor is powered up.
The WR2 Sensor automatically reacquires the WR2 Controller Interface.  Check the WR2 Controller Interface LCD for signal strength indication prior to leaving the jobsite.

After I wire the WR2 rain sensor to the controller and apply power, the LCD on the WR2 Controller Interface remains blank.  What is the problem?

The WR2 Controller Interface is not receiving power. Confirm the correct wiring of the WR2 Controller Interface to the Irrigation Controller. Refer to the user manual for proper wiring. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB)

My WR2 rain sensor is not inhibiting irrigation.  What might be a cause for this?

If your standard controller has a sensor switch, ensure the sensor switch is in the “active” position. If the switch is left in the “bypass” position after WR2 installation, the WR2 rain sensor will not inhibit the irrigation schedule.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage. Additionally, the sensor will automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller Interface and “pair” once power is restored.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage.

Are there any unique wiring configurations to consider when installing the WR2 with a controller? 

The WR2 is compatible with all Rain Bird and competitor controllers.  For those controllers that do not have an onboard power source, a separate 24VAC transformer will be required to operate the WR2 Controller Interface. Proper wiring instructions are found in Section 2 of the WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). A unique wiring diagram for the ESP-MC and ESP-LXM (PDF: 229 KB) is also available.

What training tools are available for my education on the WR2?

All training tools for the proper installation and programming of the WR2 are available on the website. Training tools include user manuals and interactive programming videos.

Can the WR2 be installed and operated in conjunction with other accessory products such as a soil moisture sensor?

YES.  In fact, third party research indicates significant additional water savings can be achieved when combining a soil moisture sensor with a rain sensor.  Refer to proper installation instructions when wiring both accessories to a standard controller.

What is the life expectancy of the battery in the sensor?

4 years under normal operating conditions.

How do I know when I should replace the sensor battery?

We recommend changing the battery in the sensor when only one vertical bar is illuminated in the “Battery Life Remaining” icon found on the WR2 Controller Interface LCD.

How many, and what type of battery is found in the WR2 Sensor?

There is one (1) Lithium CR2032 battery in the sensor.  To order this spare part from Rain Bird, please request part number #651009S from an authorized distributor.

During installation, the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon continues to flash.  What does that mean?

The WR2 sensor has not paired and is not communicating with the WR2 Controller Interface.  Refer to the user manual for instructions on how to pair the sensor to the controller interface. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB). An additional step might be to check proper orientation of the sensor battery or to replace the battery. 

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

Can you splice into the WR2 Controller interface cable harness and extend the wire run to accommodate out door installations without affecting the performance of the WR2?

You can splice into this 30 inch cable to extend its length without impacting performance.  Total wire runs of 50 feet or less will not affect the device.

If the battery on the WR2 sensor goes dead after 4 years of service and is not replaced in a timely way, will the irrigation system continue to irrigate or does the system shut off until the battery is replaced?

If the battery goes dead and is not replaced in a timely fashion, the time based irrigation controller resumes its normal programmed schedule and continues to irrigate in accordance with that schedule.

What is the function of the “Quick Shut Off” feature?

If the irrigation cycle is running and the WR2 sensor detects rainfall during the irrigation schedule, the WR2 will suspend irrigation without the need for rainfall accumulation.  This feature eliminates the wasteful running of the irrigation system during a rain event – saving the home owner embarrassment and potential fines / penalties.

How do I test the WR2?

If a contractor is required to test the rain or rain / freeze functionality of the WR2 product family, we recommend the following procedures: WR2 Test Procedures (PDF: 17 KB)

I have installed the WR2 system and came back to check its performance a month or two later.  When I look at the WR2 Controller Interface LCD screen, I notice the “Sensor Indicator / Pairing Status” icon does not communicate a battery life or signal strength.  What does that mean?

A WR2 Sensor that does not communicate battery life or signal strength to the WR2 Controller Interface is no longer paired.  First check the sensor battery to ensure it is making contact with the battery contacts.  Remove the battery cassette from the sensor and adjust the battery contact positions using a paper clip.  Upon replacing the battery cassette, if the sensor fails to automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller, replace the battery with a fresh battery.  If this does not correct the situation, the sensor may have been damaged or vandalized.  Replace the sensor with the appropriate model number WR2-RS (Rain Sensor only) or the WR2-RFS (Rain / Freeze Sensor only).  Both sensors can be purchased separately.

How do I replace the sensor battery?

Remove battery cassette from bottom of sensor.
Remove battery from cassette.
Insert new battery using label on battery cassette to properly orient the battery.
Insert the battery cassette back into the sensor.  Align arrow on battery cassette with unlocked position indication on sensor and turn clockwise to locked position indication.
Sensor LED blinks once to indicate the sensor is powered up.
The WR2 Sensor automatically reacquires the WR2 Controller Interface.  Check the WR2 Controller Interface LCD for signal strength indication prior to leaving the jobsite.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage.

If there is a power outage of up to several hours that shuts off the standard controller and WR2 rain sensor, does the end user need to reprogram the WR2 or does the programming remain in memory?

The rain fall set point and low temperature set points are maintained after a power outage. There is no need to reprogram these two settings. The irrigation mode will always default back to “programmed irrigation” to ensure protection of the turf regardless of what irrigation mode may have been programmed (i.e. Suspend for 72 hours, Override for 72 hours, or Programmed Irrigation) prior to the power outage. Additionally, the sensor will automatically reacquire the WR2 Controller Interface and “pair” once power is restored.

My WR2 rain sensor is not inhibiting irrigation.  What might be a cause for this?

If your standard controller has a sensor switch, ensure the sensor switch is in the “active” position. If the switch is left in the “bypass” position after WR2 installation, the WR2 rain sensor will not inhibit the irrigation schedule.

After I wire the WR2 rain sensor to the controller and apply power, the LCD on the WR2 Controller Interface remains blank.  What is the problem?

The WR2 Controller Interface is not receiving power. Confirm the correct wiring of the WR2 Controller Interface to the Irrigation Controller. Refer to the user manual for proper wiring. WR2 user manual (PDF: 6.7 MB)

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