This is a nice simple setup that allows the pump to change speeds depending upon whether it needs more power to send the water up to the solar panels on the roof or more water to satisfy the flow demands of a gas heater or the spa jets. So, for a basic pool & spa system with solar it is nice and simple.
However, there is a bit of a learning curve and some surprises in store for those not used to the SunTouch. The first is: HOW DO I STOP THIS THING?
On most pools, it is easy to turn off the pump to clean the basket. With the old mechanical time clocks, you just have to flip the switch in the timer. With the EasyTouch, IntelliTouch, Jandy Aqualink, and Jandy PDA you just press one button to switch from Auto mode to Service mode and the pump goes off.
Well, the same principle applies with the SunTouch, but it takes quite a few button pushes to get there. To turn the pump off if a schedule has turned it on, you need to switch from Auto to Service.
On the SunTouch:
1. Press Menu button 14 times until you see “Service Mode 14/14.”
2. Right arrow into the service menu.
3. Use up or down arrow to change from Auto to Service.
4. Press right arrow to select Service mode.
5. With the pump in Service mode, clean the pump basket or filter as needed.
6. To restart, repeat steps as needed this time changing from Service to Auto mode.
a. In addition to Service and Auto, there is also a Time Out mode. It is like the Service mode, but it will automatically switch back to Auto after a 3 hour delay.