What should I do if my sprinkler system suddenly stops spraying and I need to replace the sprinkler valve quickly? This is one of the most common questions that I face from people when they are installing new irrigation systems. The answer is simple and should not pose any problems at all. Read on to find out how to replace the sprinkler valve quickly.
How much is the shipping fee for a replacement sprinkler valve? Shipping pipes to the United States can be very expensive, especially if you have to send the pipe through a cargo carrier. However, delivering products from overseas is generally free, but your package might be subjected to local taxes, duties or other charges, depending on laws in the country you reside in.
Have you detected any water leaks in your home? Some water leaks are not very noticeable, while some require serious action. If you have noticed small water leaks around the house such as in the basement or behind the toilet, you should get it checked by a professional as soon as possible. In case of serious leaking, such as from the water pipes connecting your hot water tank to your shower, you should call in a qualified sprinkler valves repair service as soon as possible.
How to replace the solenoid? The solenoid is the one that controls the flow of water from the primary source to the valves. Once, the solenoid malfunctions, the water stops flowing properly. This is a common condition that causes a lot of sprinkler problems. It is therefore important to know how to replace the solenoid so that you do not have to endure the problem any further.
The first thing you need to do is to turn off your water supply using a shut off valve. Once this is done, remove the sprinkler diaphragm and the old solenoid. You can either do this by hand or with the help of a sprinkler repair kit.
Once the diaphragm has been removed, find the two wires that are attached to the valve snap wire. These wires are similar to the wiring that is connected to the standard solenoid. They will need to be disconnected before you can proceed with the replacement. However, be careful not to disconnect them while you are working on the sprinkler valves or else you may damage the wiring.
Now, that you have the two wires, the next step involves the soldering of the terminals to the main board of the valve. There will be additional connections to make before it is all soldered. Once the soldering is complete, test the valve to make sure it works correctly. Replace the old solenoid with the new one and reconnect the electrical connectors to the valve. You will now be ready to replace the existing sprinkler valves in the system.
Your next step should be to locate the holes where the new solenoid will be installed. It is a good idea to locate the top holes first so as not to put any extra strain on the plumbing. Once you have located the holes, thread the hose through the holes and fasten the hose to the irrigation valve stem. Now turn the valve to the closed position. Make sure that the stem threads through the hole in the bottom of the stem and that the cable is tight.
The last step in how to replace the sprinkler valves is to cut the new tube and feed it through the hole in the bottom of the stem. Then attach it to the pipe that is connected to the valve arm. You can now tighten the cable and install the hose on the stem.
Your system may require a different type of solenoid or it may be difficult for you to install a long-lasting, watertight irrigation valve. In that case, you may opt for the alternative methods of how to replace a solenoid. The other option is to use a water-tight clip or bolt. These devices are more common than you think. Installment can be done by an individual, a plumber, or a company that specializes in water control systems.
It is important for you to know that there are two types of sprinkler parts. The first one is the cone head and the second is the stem part. The cone part is fixed to the underside of the pot. On the other hand, the stem is attached to the top of the pot. Therefore, if you want to replace a short-term solenoid that provides controlled water supply, you can try replacing the cones. For long-lasting, reliable and water-tight operations, you should go for the jar-top sprinkler valves.