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How to wire GE 15136 timer
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Step 1:
Turn power off.
Check rating plate on water heater, or motor for volts and watts.
Set dip switches before applying voltage
Remove clear insulator to access wiring.

Set dip switch before connecting power.

Manual says that incorrect dip-switch setting will damage timer.

dip switch Step 2: Dip switches

GE 15136 timer can be used for 120V or 240V water heaters > change dip switches to select different voltage.

Water heater voltage is printed on side of water heater. Match dip switches and water heater voltage.

Figure Volts Amps Watts for your water heater

Review basic 240V water heater circuit
Turn off power. Test wires with non-contact tester to make sure power is off.
Never stand on bare ground, always stand on dry boards with working with live electricity.
Do not touch water heater that is wet unless power is OFF.
Set dip switches correctly before applying voltage, otherwise you cannot harm the timer.
Make sure screws are very tight against copper wire.
Use only copper wire.
Do not mix two different gauge wires under same screw terminal.
Do not use solid wire and stranded wire under same screw terminal.
Make sure only copper wire, and no insulation is under screw terminal.
GE 15000 series timers are versatile and can be wired many different ways.

Other residential timers wire exactly same way.

Never assume power is OFF
Use non-contact voltage tester on timer, on wire, on outlet to see if power is present.
Press button on tester, if single beep then no power is present. If continuous beep then power is present.
Never stand on bare ground, always stand on dry boards, do not hold or touch anything metal when working on timer or water heater that has power, tape tester leads to wood sticks, never touch wet water heater, or flooded water heater, or timer that had a short or fire without turning power OFF.

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1/2" & 3/4" knockouts
1 knockout each side, and 2 knockouts on bottom
Metal Nema 3R enclosure

Terminals: TIMER  NO  NC  COM  NO2  NC2  COM2
Step 4: Wiring features

Four basic features inside 15136

1. Dip switches
2. Screw terminals for clock
3. Screw terminals to contactors
4. Contactors/relays that handle on-off switching to water heater


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Step 5a: 

Wiring diagram for 240V water heater. Both white and black wires are hot.
Power connects to clock, and to COM terminals

Use 10 gauge wire for 240V water heater

GE 15136 timer is housed in metal Nema3R box
Ground wire connects to green ground screw

When using black-and-white wires for 240Volt, add tape to white wire.
This action will tell next electrician that white wire carries power

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Different way to do same wiring shown in first image above using NO and COM terminals in reverse.

Why show this variation when manual does not?
SPDT timer with dip switches, and dry NO NC contacts can be wired many different ways.
There is no way to show all options.
Timer is open to experimentation by user.
How to wire GE 15136 timerWire GE timer for 120-240 volts Timer toggles water heater between 120Volt and 240Volt

Use SPDT timer to change water heater between 120Volt and 240Volt

Use 120Volt at peak-electric price.
Water heater recovers slowly with 120Volt, and uses 1/4 power.

Use 240Volt when electric prices are lower, and faster recovery is needed.

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240Volt circuit can be cut off by turning off one hot wire.
Put water heater on NC normally open terminal, so water heater is ON all the time, except when timer turns ON, and then circuit to dryer is activated.

Same wiring applies to many timers including Intermatic GM40 & WHQ, Tork DTU40
Other timers can perform same operation such as Intermatic T1905 & T1975

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GE 15207 timer controls 2-speed pool pump
Always check pump voltage and wiring diagram located on nameplate
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GE 15000 series timers control 2-speed pump

Low speed is connected to NC terminal, and then pump operates continuously in low speed until timer turns ON.
When timer turns ON, High speed turns ON.
Diagram applies for both 120V and 240V 2-speed pool pumps.
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Pump operates continuously. Install another timer on L2 Hot line to turn pump ON-OFF

Change water heater temperature using timer
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Change water heater temperature using GE 15136 timer
Same wiring applies to GE 15087- 15132 etc series timers
Applies to Tork DTU timer and Intermatic GM40 timer
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240 volt
Use timer for two different temperatures on electric water heater.

Either upper thermostat and element have power or lower themostat and element have power. But not both at same time.

Install ECO-protected thermostat for lower thermostat.
Both upper and lower parts of tank are ECO-protected from overheating
Rewire tank so upper and lower parts are separate.
Use GM40 timer to switch power between lower and upper parts of tank.

Normal operation, the lower thermost and element receive power and keep tank at temperature set point. Upper thermostat and element have no power.
This is called 'redundant' water heater operation. This technique for heating tank more rapidly after cold water first enters tank.

When timer activates, power to lower part of tank turns OFF. Power to upper part of tank begins. Upper thermostat is set for higher temperature.
Since tank is at regular temperature, the higher setting means upper element will turn ON and begin heating tank to higher set point.

Use this technique to heat water very hot for laundry cycle.
Disadvantage: The lower part of tank will cool rapidly as new cold water enters tank, so this technique is good for making short-term batches of hot water.
Step 5b: 

Wiring diagram for 120V water heater. The black wire is hot, the white wire is neutral.

GE 15136 timer is housed in metal Nema3R box
Ground wire connects to green ground screw
Wire GE15207 for under counter water heater Timer wired to control 120Volt under-counter water heater
Avoids having to run additional wire to power 1500 watt under-counter water heater.
Circuit uses same wire that powers dishwasher.
Either dishwasher or water heater can be used, but not both at same time.
Set dip switches for 120Volt
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Safety when testing wires:
Never touch wet or previously flooded appliance.
Never stand on wet surface when working on electric.
Never stand on bare soil, put down dry boards.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from power.
Use non-contact voltage tester before touching wires.
Never touch or lean into any made of metal.
Remove metal objects from pockets.
Do not use oxygen or fuel accelerants in same room as electrcial repairs

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