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Solenoid problem

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by ilaizm, May 4, 2009.

  1. ilaizm

    ilaizm Junior Poster

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    I have a pressurized CO2 system which has been running for a month. I have a solenoid which is attached to a timer and is set to switch on and off with the lights. Yesterday it switched off normally but today it didn't switch on. I plugged in the solenoid directly to the electricity skipping the timer to make sure the timer wasn't the problem but it still didn't switch on. I'm assuming there is a problem with the solenoid. I emailed the company where I bought if from. In the mean time is there anything I can try doing?
     
  2. Philosophos

    Philosophos Lifetime Charter Member
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    Take it apart and poke around. Solenoids aren't very complex. Here's a video to get you primed if you like: YouTube - Solenoid Valve How It Works
    They don't all look exactly the same inside, but they don't look too different, either.

    If nothing looks wrong, it might be a short in the cord. Try a different outlet, as well. If the timer has battery backup, the outlet could be shot and you wouldn't know about it for a while.

    -Philosophos
     
  3. TheKillHaa

    TheKillHaa Prolific Poster

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    what type of solenid you have??
    i have several that usually comes with milwauakee or aqmagic system sold in ebay, even is a moderate good solenoid, i have a malfunction over working with them for longer periods.

    Co2 is very abrasive and acidic, this means that some fatigue of materials are increase, (most Co2 systems have only a warranty of 6 months at most), what i did when hapen the same as you, was to unscrew the 4 bolts under. separate the both halves and put some WD-40 on the spigot, (to lubricate the system), i close everything up and i still have solenoid since then ;)

    saludos!
     
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