If its stopping completely say 30 minutes after you shut it off its working. There is still co2 in the line that has pressure in it when it is shut off and it's normal to still have bubbles coming from the diffuser afterwards. If its been hours and its still coming out then its bad
Yeah, its been way longer then 30 mins. I'm thinking its bad. Thanks
Based on what you've described (no pressure in the line, solenoid off, then opening the tank and getting flow), the solenoid is probably bad. I hear the Clippard large solenoids are junk. High heat, on the other hand, is to be expected from most solenoids. The Clippard mouse solenoid is supposed to be pretty good.
Incidentally, you sure that's a 5lb cylinder? Looks like a 10lb to me. Also, good job on that controller. I have the same one.
As far as the bottle goes it says #5 on it so that's why I'm thinking its a 5 pounder, I could be wrong I guess but it doesn't say anything else but a bunch of numbers etc. I will look into that other Clippard, thanks for your reply.
From what you are describing, you either have a faulty solenoid, or some debris is preventing your solenoid plunger from closing completely.
Rather than getting a new solenoid, you can try to fix your current one. I would advise you to try to blow out any debris that might be present (open your needle valve all the way, disconnect any tubing from the needle valve/bubble counter, set your delivery pressure to ~30-40 PSI, and then plug and unplug the solenoid several times to blast CO2 through it).
Hopefully, this will dislodge any debris that may be present.
I will try the fix for sure, thanks for that tip. Ill try and get to that in a little.
Darkblade, thanks for that write up on Co2 you pointed me to in another thread. Good job on it.
I need to get some test kits also for this tank, anything else I should get other then these? Any brands that are better then others?