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Can't Turn on CO2

Can someone explain how to work my CO2??? I had it set up but when I refilled it and set it up again I couldn't get it going...
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 09:19 PM
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pressure looks like its there..... Needle valve turned?

What about solenoid? Is it "on" allowing flow or "off" restricting flow.....

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The needle valve is turned... I can't seem to find a switch on my solenoid.
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The needle valve is turned... I can't seem to find a switch on my solenoid.
Is it plugged in?

What would Honey Badger do?
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Yes the orange light means it's plugged in...
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Take a bottle of water with some soap in it and spray the connections? If you see bubbles - you've got a leak.
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Yes the orange light means it's plugged in...
Do you hear a solid clicking sound when the solenoid is plugged in/unplugged?

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Nope it's silent.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 11:22 PM
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I truthfully think the solenoid may be bad....... I would take it off the tank and possibly plug in the solenoid in and out of a different socket a few times. If it is working, you should hear a slightly buzzing sounds from it and a click if it opens and closes as Dark said.

Not sure if this is possible, but anyone ever heard of water from the bubble counter getting into the solenoid?

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I truthfully think the solenoid may be bad....... I would take it off the tank and possibly plug in the solenoid in and out of a different socket a few times. If it is working, you should hear a slightly buzzing sounds from it and a click if it opens and closes as Dark said.
Sounds like a bad solenoid to me, then. As mentioned, you should hear a click (the plunger moving up and down) when the solenoid is powered and unpowered, respectively.

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Not sure if this is possible, but anyone ever heard of water from the bubble counter getting into the solenoid?
Yes, this is possible. There have been reports that the JBJ bubble counters sometimes leak back liquid through their check valves. I have never had it personally happen to me (yet). This is why some people use another check valve (with 1/8" NPT ports) between their needle valve and their bubble counter.

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good to know dark....enlightened by you as usual!

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