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How to Troubleshoot a GE Smart Digital Timer

Although the GE Smart Digital Timer is a 15-amp in-wall timer that allows you to automate devices such as lights, fans, heaters and pumps, it may not work as well as it should if it's running into problems or if it isn't properly maintained. Common problems that could affect performance include incorrect wire connections and loose bolts. A few troubleshooting guidelines will not only improve your device's performance, but also allow you to automate other devices more efficiently.


Step 1

Locate the electrical panel in the basement or electrical room.  Open it and inspect the circuit breakers.

If one of the circuit breakers is off or tripped, turn it on.  If the circuit breaker is off, it won't supply power to the GE Smart Digital Timer.


Step 2

Check the wire connections if your device isn't turning on.  Make sure the Hot/Live wire of the main power is connected to the black wire on the timer.


Step 3

Make sure the neutral wires are connected to the white wire attached to the timer.  Connect the Hot/Live wire on the load to the red wire on the timer if you haven't already done so.

Connect the ground wire to the green wire on the timer. 


Step 4

Tighten all the nuts if they aren't secure so the wires won't fall out of place. 


Step 5

Press the "Reset" button with a pointed object such as a toothpick or paperclip to restore your device to the default settings if it's still running into problems.  Once it is reset, the display flashes 12:00AM on Monday.


Step 6

Press the digital timer's door if you want to override the timer's currently saved settings. 

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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.