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Valves - Irrigation System Continues To Run After The Controller In OFF Position

There are two reasons why your sprinklers would continue running with controller unplugged:

  1. The solenoid could be turned on manually.
  2. There could be debris stuck in the valve.

 

 

Solenoid Turned ON

It's possible your valves have been opened manually. You'll need to locate your valve box(s) and turn the solenoid(s) clockwise until snug. The solenoid is located on the top of the valve and looks like a cylinder with two wires protruding out of it.

Debris In Valve

 It's also possible that there is debris in the valve, which is causing the diaphragm of the valve to remain open.

  1. SHUT OFF the main water supply. Opening a valve under pressure is dangerous and you could be injured.
  2. Unscrew the solenoid by turning counter-clockwise (cylinder with two wires) and make sure the plunger is clean and moves freely. You can test the solenoid by running that station manually from the controller and see if the plunger retracts when energized.
  3. Unscrew the BONNET SCREWS or jar top depending on your valve model. Be careful when you pull the bonnet away from the body as to not lose the diaphragm or spring.
  4. The diaphragm (9) may be sitting in the body or captured in the bonnet (7). Remove the DIAPHRAGM (9) and SPRING (8). Make note of the orientation of the diaphragm so you can put it back together, the same way it came out.
  5. Examine the diaphragm and spring. The diaphragm should be clean and free of wrinkles, tears, or perforations. The seal should be clean and free of nicks, dents or abrasions. Wash the diaphragm with clean fresh water to remove any debris that may have been deposited there.
  6. The diaphragm spring should be intact and bounce back when compressed.
  7. Examine the valve body and remove any debris, pebbles, or dirty water.
  8. The seal seat (10) should be clean and free of nicks, grooves, or abrasions as well.
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