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Installed several GE smart digital timers around the house: for lights over garage, front door, court yard. They are model 15086. The units work in timer mode as desired. I would think that when it is switched OUT of timer mode that is would work manually. Lights cannot be turned on manually unless the unit is set to timer mode. Has anyone experienced this ? I would a manual mode for them to stay on until i turn them back off (also manual). Is there a different company or model someone can recomend for this usage?

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15086 timer:
Pressing door will override timer setting and manually turn switch ON-OFF.
Press door or open timer door, and press any of 4 buttons located in corners.
You know information posted so far:

However, you are moving the small switch from Timer to OFF.
And when switch is OFF, the override does not work because circuit is OFF.
You want a timer that can switch programming OFF, and not switch circuit OFF, so that device toggles between timer and ordinary switch.

Looking at timers on the market today, I cannot think of any in-wall programmable or box timer that does what you want. Each has manual override that reverses timer function, but when you set timer to OFF, the circuit is OFF.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Programmable.html#Aube

Plug-in-type timers have override button that turns programming off, and then you can operate table lamp normally with the lamp switch. But in that case, the lamp has separate switch that operates outside of timer functions.

GE 15070 24-hour mechanical timer could do what you want:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/GE-15070-mechanical-timer.jpg
In this specific case, when you wanted to operate timer like a light switch, you would move all the pins inward, and then use the on-off switch. The problem with this idea is the pins are tiny, and you need very good eyes or a light-source and small tool to continually adjust pins.

See GE timers and manuals:
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

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Tungsten is incandescent.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/GE-15086-Manual.pdf

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I have a GE smart timer 15086 I followed the instruction and the light blinks when you turn it on. Please help


I test timers, and no damage is done.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

Sounds like you wired red and white wires together, or installed timer in place of 3-way switch.
15086 will not replace a 3-way switch.
For example, when 2 switches control hallway light, that is 3-way.
Link above has list of timers that replace 3-way switch.

How to wire 15071, 15086, 15265, 15266 timers:
1) Switch has 2 insulated wires. Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
2) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This will power timer electronics.
3) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
4) Turn on electricity, and push ON-OFF button located in each corner. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

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My GE Smart Digital timer won't shut off at the assigned time, but it will shut down manually.


I am guessing that you have digital in-wall timer GE 15071 or GE 15086

To identify timer for sure, see images at following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15071

Manual for 15086
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/GE-15086-Manual.pdf

If this is new timer, the problem could be a couple things.
1) Circuit has electrical problem that is affecting timer electronics.
Use circuit analyzer from Home Depot electric department and test any receptacle on same circuit breaker as timer.
2) event1 ON was programmed but event1 OFF was not programmed. To review events, press Prog button once to see event1 ON and press Prog button again to see event1 OFF. When review is complete, press clock key to return to current time.
3) event1 ON and event1 OFF are programmed with conflicting day schedules
4) event1 and event7 have conflicting schedules

If this is new or old timer:
5) Timer needs to be reset because of internal glitch. Press and hold reset button for a moment and timer display will start flashing 12:00 am MO
6) These timers can go bad any time. I test timers and 4-6% arrive defective, and most quit after couple years, but some can last quite a while. This is why I suggest using a circuit analyzer to check if circuit is causing difficulties.

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GE 15 amp 7-Day In-Wall Programmable Digital Timer Model # 15086 Internet # 100685863 Store SKU # 543414 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I...


Your timer is bad. It comes with 1 year limited warranty.
Buy one at Home Depot and then return defective one.
Make note of wiring before removing bad timer, so re-wire is easy.

GE 15086 is White 7-day digital, non-astronomic timer made by Tork, and sold on-line and at Home Depot.
On the shelf, 15086 timer looks identical to 15071 >> same package >>> difference is 15071 offers daylight savings time and random option, and costs a bit more.

These in-wall timers usually last a few years, and some can last for several years.
Especially when timer operates from electric circuit and not battery.
15086 operates from electric circuit.

15086 manual on-line:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/GE-15086-Manual.pdf

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I think this is the dealy timer you have installed and if your relay is connected to the other side it becomes and switched on timer.
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Is that so?

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GE digital timer model 15086 doe not work


This timer requires a neutral wire, it may or may not be present in the back of your box as a group of wire nutted whites. It is NOT the single white switch leg.

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Can GE Digital Timer model 15086 be used for two way switch?


GE 15086 can replace single pole switch only.
If you have "3-way" switch, that is when 2 switches control same light, for example in a hallway.

Open link below to identify GE15086 timer, see wiring instructions, on-line manual <> and see list of timers that can be used for 3-way switching with links to those timers and manuals:
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

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