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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter
The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter helps you to avoid catastrophic leaks and provides insights into your outdoor water use. The flow meter detects broken heads, ruptured pipes, and even low-flow leaks with highly-sensitive, state-of-the-art Vortex technology. It also issues notifications for leaks and blockages (and even triggers instant zone shut-off when leaks and other flow issues are detected).
The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter uses cutting edge wireless technology to connect with the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller. No wires means that no digging is required to connect the flow meter to the controller! Professional installation is recommended for the Wireless Flow Meter, but you may be able to install on your own (in an average of 30-60 minutes) with our DIY installation instructions.
DISTANCE: Within 300 feet of the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
PIPE: 6 inches of straight pipe after the backflow.
TECH SPECS: Click here for reference.
- The flow meter should be installed above-ground on an easily accessible pipe.
- The flow meter can stay in place during winterization and system maintenance because of durable Vortex technology.
- Pairing, calibration, and settings are controlled from the Rachio app.
Parts & Tools needed to install*
Step by step directions
If you are unable to complete any of the steps listed below, we recommend a professional installation. Need help finding a pro? Complete the form below to be connected with a local RachioPro!
Ensure your system meets the installation requirements.
Pair the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter with the free Rachio app.
Locate your backflow preventer.
- Turn off
Turn off water to the irrigation system at the backflow.
- Measure and cut
Measure and cut the pipe after the backflow at the correct locations.
Cut the pipe square using a pipe cutter; remove rough edges and debris.
- Fit together
Push the flow meter and fitting together up the depth marked.
- Secure joint
Push the flow meter/fitting and pipe together up to the depth marked; once the pipe reaches the tube stop, a secure joint is created.
- Turn on water
Turn water back on.
Open your Rachio app and calibrate the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter for real-time usage and leak detection!
What skills will I need for DIY installation?
- Locate your backflow preventer; turn off and on the water to your irrigation system.
- Take precise measurements.
- Use a pipe cutter and deburring tool.
- Push pipe and fittings together.
Want to learn more? Here are frequently asked questions from our customers:
The Rachio Flow Meter is only compatible with the Rachio 3 controller. The Rachio 3 contains new, proprietary hardware that allows it to communicate with the flow meter (the Generation 1 and Generation 2 controllers do not have this technology).
The flow meter is designed to be installed on ¾ inch and 1 inch sprinkler systems. Pipes greater than 1 inch diameter are not recommended.
You can install the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter with copper, PVC, or poly pipes. Ensure pipe materials before purchasing fittings. The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter requires a PVC fitting [example SharkBite fitting].
The flow meter should be installed between your backflow preventer and your valves. It's recommended to be installed at a location with 6 inches of straight pipe (vertical or horizontal) before the flow meter; see Installation Requirements section above for details. You can install with less than 6 inches of straight pipe, but flow measurement accuracy will drop by 5% to 10%.
The flow meter is designed to measure and report outdoor water use only. It is not NSF certified for potable water use and should not be used for indoor water metering.
Range for above-ground installation is 300 feet.
You will need one flow meter for every backflow preventer in your system. If you have more than one controller and only one backflow preventer, your system will not be compatible, as Rachio only supports one flow meter per Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller.
On average, installation takes 30 minutes to 1 hour (dependent on DIY skill level).
The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter requires two AA batteries which last approximately two watering seasons
Battery replacement is as simple as opening the flow meter with a screwdriver and replacing the two AA batteries.
As part of the Rachio Smart Watering System, the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter includes a 2-year limited warranty. Click here for details.
The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter is fully waterproof, so no need to worry about it getting wet!
Once your Rachio Wireless Flow Meter is activated, the water usage chart on the home screen of your Rachio app will switch from minutes of usage to gallons per minute (GPM). If the flow meter cannot read your system’s flow rate or detect leaks, you will receive an error message. If the flow meter is not working for any reason, you will receive a notification through your email or the Rachio app.
The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter will alert you anytime a high flow rate or low flow rate is recorded, or when an anomaly flow is detected (i.e. water flow when no schedules are running). You will receive notifications through email and through your Rachio app and in-app on the Home screen and within individual zones.
Nope! The revolutionary and very durable vortex technology allows the flow meter to stay in place during winterization and system maintenance. So no need to mess with it once it's installed!