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Question About Safety Regarding Solenoid Valve That Is Heating

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by Endersen, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Endersen

    Endersen New Member

    Aug 3, 2020
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    I have a cheap solenoid valve that I bought on Amazon, for like 30 euros.
    Sometimes it get stuck in the OFF position, I have to dismountled it (it's quick) and manipulate the spring so it works again.

    However, I am going next week for a 2 weeks holiday, and I was wondering if you guys have any idea how dangerous this can be.
    From what I read on different places this is somehow common, but now I am worrying about this could start a fire (?)

    Option A
    Should I just shut it off during my time away from home ?

    Option B
    I could bypass the valve and just let CO2 during all the time, if I do that I would reduce the debit rate in order not to gas my livestock.

    I hope my question is not too stupid, thank you guys for you advices.
  2. bshenanagins

    bshenanagins Junior Poster

    Mar 3, 2017
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    This is why “cheap” in this hobby can be counterproductive. If you could leave it on then I think I would do that to keep CO2 levels stable. But if you leave it off, I would drastically reduce your lighting intensity and period or your going to come back to an algae infestation and very unhealthy plants.

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