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Old 10-08-2007, 12:43 AM   #1
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first time poster here.
i purchased a ranco over a year ago and am getting around to wiring it up. however, after have some problems understanding things i'm here for some real basic help.
can someone tell me if the ranco 211000 is a dual stage controller. i found a site that is selling them and gives model numbers. however, when i purchased the one i have in my hands, i bought it thinking it was a single stage controller. i purchased it new from a HBS for pretty cheap and i think i might have received a dual stage one on accident. there are connectors on both sides (stage 1 and stage 2). i've asked the question on another forum but it's gone unanswered and this site seems to have a bit more activity. thanks for the help and im sorry for the obvious questions-b.

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:45 AM   #2
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First of all, welcome to HBT!

I want you to feel like you can ask questions here- so never a need to apologize for asking questions. I can't answer your question, so I'll defer to the experts on that. I just wanted to say "Welcome!"

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:54 AM   #3
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The Ranco ETC-211000 is identical to the Ranco ETC-111000 except that this unit is 2 stage, and has 2 relays to control both heating and cooling at the same time.

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:55 AM   #4
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thank you....i'm just tired of people jumping to the ever so helpful answer, "use the search function of the website". you never know how you'll upset by the questions you ask. i think i like this forum from the limited time i've spent on it so far. oh yeah....i don't like using capital letters, please don't knock me for it. i type faster this way.

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Old 10-08-2007, 01:08 AM   #5
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If you have any specific questions, let me know. I have 2 of the 2 stage units in my basement now!! That's all I could find at my local Grainger.

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Old 10-08-2007, 01:16 AM   #6
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so is it safe to say that i'm sitting on a two-stage controller, given the model number and two connection?

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I think you can still use the 2-stage in place of a single stage controller though. If you only need it to control a cooling cycle, for example, simply leave the second stage vacant. Of course I could be very, very wrong on this as I've never used a Ranco controller before.

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Your right, just wire up an extension cord to the power in side, then hook your fridge up to the load side for cooling.

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Old 10-08-2007, 02:46 AM   #9
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actually wiring it up for both cooling and heating would be ideal...that is if it's a dual stage controller. i guess at this point that's all i'm trying to figure out. what to do with it and how to wire will follow that. thanks-b

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:24 AM   #10
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I have that very same controller. I bought mine from MoreBeer pre-wired with outlets attached : http://morebeer.com/view_product/16664/102282 . Unfortunately, I can't help you with HOW to wire it. I can tell you that you need to wire it so you can use both stages, not just one. You will definitely want to use it in the future.

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