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I got to the wash the other evening and both OOS lights on the DRS changer were on. I thought "Nice, it's been super busy and they emptied the changer." Nope, the level was the same as it was the previous evening, and even though both validators were flashing 2 (Disabled from system) both controller lights were dark. Resetting them did nothing, I thought maybe a power surge had damaged them which would have sucked because I don't have any backup. Luckily when I cycled the power off for a minute and back on they came back up and worked. Video showed a brief power failure at 6 am so both sides of the changer were down all damn day.

Anyone have a used working C2000 controller for sale? ;)
 

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Have you thought about putting a pure sine wave UPS on your changer? I did that years ago and don't have that problem anymore.

Which reminds me it's probably time to replace the battery!
 

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I might have to, it happened again a couple weeks ago, just one controller this time.
 

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I put a 1200 Joules of Surge Protector on the power supply to the bill changer. I haven't had a problem since.
 

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Must be a hamilton thing. Ive had to reset the controller many times on DRS after storms and power outages
 

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When I first started 25 years ago my SS bay timers would trigger on and stay on until reset after every power surge, Free washes for everyone until I rest them.
 

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This happened again the other night while I was there, the lights went out for about half a second and came back on, right after which I heard a crash off in the distance. My guess is it was someone hitting a power pole. I think I'll just put a pure sine wave UPS on it, which I can also tap off of for the video.
 

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A Pure sine wave UPS is quite a bit more expensive, but well worth it.
 

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Evidently they've come way down - I can get a 550 watt unit for $129, should be plenty for the changer alone. I'll probably go with a 1500 watt which is still only about $200.
 

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I think mine is a 550w and gave about $300 for it. So yea, the price has came way down! Cheap "Peace" of mind.....
 

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It happened again yesterday morning, this time even though both OOS lights were on, one validator was still active and taking bills. I didn't start getting calls until about 2 PM, and by the time I got there it had taken about $100 from customers. I've already ordered the UPS.
 

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It happened again yesterday morning, this time even though both OOS lights were on, one validator was still active and taking bills. I didn't start getting calls until about 2 PM, and by the time I got there it had taken about $100 from customers. I've already ordered the UPS.
If the "Out of Service light" is on and the validator is still taking money switch #6 is probably in "Always enabled" it should be in "Harness enabled" If switch #6 is in "Harness enabled" then theres something wrong with relay adapter box if the validator is still accepting money but not paying out. I put a 1000 joule surge protector on our changers years ago after the first time it went off line with a power surge, we haven't had a problem since.
 
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