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spooffiinder

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Saturday, May 14th 2011, 9:02pm

Valve Solenoid problem? Low Pressure.

I have three automatic valves controlled by one controller. When the valve for zone three is automatically activated by the controller the water pressure is low. The sprinklers pop up about half way and shoot water about half the distance they say they should.

But, if i use the bleed screw to manually turn on the valve the sprinkler heads pop up right away and work without a hitch.

Is it normal for the valves to have greater pressure when opened manually or is it more likely that i have a voltage drop between the controller and the solenoid causing the valve to not open fully when activated with the the low voltage signal from the controller? Or some other problem i haven't thought of?

mrfixit

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Saturday, May 14th 2011, 9:07pm

Change the diaphragm.

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Sunday, June 5th 2011, 2:23pm

We have the same problem.
Can you tell me why changing the diaphragm solves the problem?
We're trying to learn more about how our system works.

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

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Sunday, June 5th 2011, 5:00pm

diaphragm = moving part (wears out)

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Sunday, June 5th 2011, 9:30pm

But why does bleeding the valve increase the water pressure?

Mitchgo

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Location: Seattle

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Sunday, June 5th 2011, 11:07pm

Bleeding the valve is a physical condition which physically pops the diaphram up vs the electric solenoid popping the diaphram up

SprinklerNoob

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Sunday, July 10th 2011, 7:24pm

Loosen Solenoid

Try loosening the solenoid a little and see if that helps. I had my solenoid screwed all the way into the valve and ran into the same problem. Now that I loosened the solenoid to the point just before it starts leaking water or turning on the sprinklers it works a lot better with the timer.

Mitchgo

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Location: Seattle

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Monday, July 11th 2011, 12:08am

RE: Loosen Solenoid

Try loosening the solenoid a little and see if that helps. I had my solenoid screwed all the way into the valve and ran into the same problem. Now that I loosened the solenoid to the point just before it starts leaking water or turning on the sprinklers it works a lot better with the timer.
This is actually not a good idea.

These valves are fast closing acting valves. Water hammer happens in most cases when these valves close. The thumping of the hammer can joggle your solenoid loose, thus having the valve on for hours/days on end

mike1059

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Location: portland or.

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Monday, July 11th 2011, 7:58pm

low pressure = bad solenoid

I recently had the same problem on multiple job sites and the cause is a solenoid that is not fully opening. Replacing the solenoid will fix the problem.

Quickster

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Tuesday, December 13th 2011, 1:17am

RE: Valve Solenoid problem? Low Pressure.

I have three automatic valves controlled by one controller. When the valve for zone three is automatically activated by the controller the water pressure is low. The sprinklers pop up about half way and shoot water about half the distance they say they should.

But, if i use the bleed screw to manually turn on the valve the sprinkler heads pop up right away and work without a hitch.

Is it normal for the valves to have greater pressure when opened manually or is it more likely that i have a voltage drop between the controller and the solenoid causing the valve to not open fully when activated with the the low voltage signal from the controller? Or some other problem i haven't thought of?

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