My 9V battery keeps dying, what does that mean?

When Irritrol RainDial batteries keep draining faster than they should (usually they last at least a year or more), it is a sign that the controller is failing, but has not failed completely.

As the parts fail they can degrade slowly and the battery ends up providing power to compensate.  However, this causes the battery to drain faster, meaning it may last a week, or month instead of a year.  Eventually you’ll have to replace it more and more frequently until even a new battery won’t be enough for it to work.

There’s no way to really predict when a new battery will not be enough to make it work. One thing is for sure: “you’re living on borrowed time.”

You can wait if you want, but it’s usually better to get it taken care now, otherwise Murphy’s law usually kicks in and it’ll fail right before you are headed out on a long vacation 🙂   They often are intermittent as they’re failing, so it will not water, but when you notice the dying plants, but when you test it, it’ll seem to be working.  When it’s “on the edge of complete failure” it sometimes works, and other times not.  The temperature often effects the behavior.

Irritrol RainDial timers are well made an with a quick repair can last another 10 years. Repairs are the core of our business and we’d appreciate it if you’d select us to do the it.


6 thoughts on “My 9V battery keeps dying, what does that mean?

  1. My battery on RAINDIAL RD 600 keeps dying. Is repair possible? And, how and where do I sent it? And, approximately what is the cost? And, can I repair it myself?

    • Hi Cris,
      Yes, that is a very common problem. I just sent you an email with repair instructions, which can also be found on the “How to Get it Repaired” tab on my website. Thanks!

      Brian the RainDial Doctor

  2. I have a RD 600 with a battery issue. It essentially chews up 9 volt batteries, If I get a week before crashing that is a good day. In your Q&A you suggest a controller card failure that is dying. How much would the repair be and approx. how long to get the job done. The unit is about 4 years old. The batteries are now about $2.25 at Costco, ten at a time. A real dilema as we are at 90 – 100 every day with no let up. Regards, Phil

    • Hi Philip,

      That’s a classic symptom of a problem I repair. The batteries should last at least a year and it’s likely that your yard (soon, if not already) is going to be missing watering cycles.

      I usually get them in the mail the next morning, so the repair time is quick.

      While it’s being repaired, you can manually turn on the water at the valve, just google “sprinkler valve manual turn on” for details.

      Cost is $45 and I pay to ship it back. There’s a 1 year official warranty, but if you have any trouble after that, just let me know.

      If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at or use the contact-us form.

      Thanks for the question, I hope you’ll give us your business.

  3. You can always water manually by turning on the valves at the valve box, but since you’re close, I’d just swing by my place this weekend and run some errands while I repair it. I’ll followup with an email.


  4. Hate to do without it for any time as we live in Scottsdale, AZ. Let me know how much to repair and how long it would take. We are not planning being gone for any length of time. Should I consider purchasing a new controller?
    Where are you located?

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