Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fixing a Leaking Valve

Fixing a leaking valve
This is a guide on fixing a leaking two or three port valve written by www.WCPandS.com. A three port Intermatic valve and Super Pro o-ring kit was used in this example.  The steps shown here are the same as the commonly found Jandy valve or the Compool valve.

These valves leak when the o-rings fail or there is a crack in the cover. See the video below for an example of a leaking valve.

Getting started
Turn off the pumps and make sure the system cannot turned on automatically. The easiest way to do this is by turning off the power breakers.

Opening the valve and removing the assembly

Note: If your valve has an actuator on it (a motor that moves the valve automatically), the handle needs to be removed. Then, the actuator will need to be removed. All of the steps after that are the same for replacing the faulty o-rings.

The handle needs to be removed. Unscrew the knob at the top of the handle.

Some times this knob breaks off. If yours breaks and the screw is stuck inside, then a new diverter assembly with a knob kit will be needed to replace everything.
Now the handle can now be pulled off.

Note the position of the cover. It will need to be returned to this exact position.
Using a Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew and remove all screws.

The cover now needs to be removed. A thin end flat head screw driver can be used to help remove the cover. Start by loosening each side in small amounts until you can pull the cover off with your hand.

Replacing the o-rings
Pull the cover off of the diverter assembly, separating the two.

Note: If your cover is cracked (usually where the screws press down), the cover may need to be replaced. If you need a replacement, the maker of the valve is written on the handle. In the case that yours is missing a handle or has one but with no writing on it, simply take a picture of your cover and show it to your local pool store.

The smaller o-rings can either be stuck in the cover

Or on the diverter assembly.

Either way, remove these and there should be three pieces. Two are o-rings and one is a plastic ring.

A Super Pro 31-509-1008 o-ring kit was used in this example. It has two small o-rings for the diverter assembly and one large o-rings for the cover.

Using the new two small o-rings and the plastic ring from the original set (see enlarged pic below)

Place them on to the diverter assembly in the order of o-ring, plastic ring, and o-ring.

Remove the old o-ring from the cover. It could still be in the valve body if you cannot find it on the cover. Place the new o-ring over the cover.

Reassembling the valve
Push the top of the assembly through the bottom of the cover.

It needs to be pushed completely on, as shown in the picture.

The entire assembly and cover need to be pushed back into the valve body.

Note the direction of the cover here. It needs to be returned to its original position and all of the screw holes must line up. The cover can be turned to return it to the correct position.

Once it is set, push the cover all the way in so that it sits flush with the valve body.

The screws need to be put in and tightened by inserting one, then inserting the screw on the opposite side next. This ensures that the cover sits as flat as possible.

Note: Do not over tighten these since it could crack the cover. They should only be snug.

Reattach the handle and then screw back on the knob.

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