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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Clippard solenoid stopped working

I was re scaping my tank yesterday and noticed when I unplugged my solenoid, the CO2 flow never shut off. I had this solenoid: https://www.diyco2regulator.com/co2-...5-manifold-12v

It appears diyco2regulator is out of stock, where is the best place to get a replacement quick? I was looking at the bay but couldnít figure out if it was the same model I needed and most of them were used. I also looked at Clippard but I didnít understand some of the options and it would ship out in 10 days, I kinda need it sooner than that.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 02:57 AM
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CLIPPARD ET-2M-12VDC
Note that is not the whole unit.. just the working part.Manifold is separate..

MAKE SURE any "used" or eek bay ones don't have an "H" or "L" printed on it..

You can use a ETO-3M-12 as well but would need to cap off the top (3rd) port..
https://www.radwell.com/en-US/Buy/CL...PARD/ETO-3M-12

Would need a 10/32 cap and gasket..


Catalog..

https://www.clippard.com/downloads/P...LCAT-18_lo.pdf
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I was re scaping my tank yesterday and noticed when I unplugged my solenoid, the CO2 flow never shut off. I had this solenoid: https://www.diyco2regulator.com/co2-...5-manifold-12v

It appears diyco2regulator is out of stock, where is the best place to get a replacement quick? I was looking at the bay but couldn’t figure out if it was the same model I needed and most of them were used. I also looked at Clippard but I didn’t understand some of the options and it would ship out in 10 days, I kinda need it sooner than that.
Can you hear it click with power on/off? If not then it's probably done. Or maybe the power supply is. If so then might try taking it apart and blowing things out with canned/compressed air. I also had one that wouldn't shut off. Even though I saw nothing obvious inside, that fixed it and it's been fine since. Pretty simple to open up and not much to lose if it's not working. Mark the disk inside with a fine-line marker or similar to index it before removing so it goes back in exactly the same way.
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If you can hear clicking when plug / unplug then some debris prevents the solenoid from closing.
Disconnect the co2 line from the diffuser, fully open the needle valve, increase the working pressure, plug / unplug the solenoid several times in a rapid succession in hopes that the debris will get flushed.
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I canít hear clicking when I turn it in and off, but I also donít remember hearing it click when it was working fine? It definitely closes partially, as it restricts flow but doesnít turn it off. I tried blowing it out with the CO2 tank this morning before I left for work this morning to no avail, Iíll try compressed air when I get back today.

Are there any other solenoids I could get that would work temporarily? There seem to be a ton of the black box ones on eek bay, but I havenít heard of any that work great. Plus most donít have fast shipping options... hopefully I can fix mine today

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If you can hear clicking when plug / unplug then some debris prevents the solenoid from closing.

Disconnect the co2 line from the diffuser, fully open the needle valve, increase the working pressure, plug / unplug the solenoid several times in a rapid succession in hopes that the debris will get flushed.


Doing that didnít flush anything out, is it possible to reverse flow through the solenoid or will that ruin it? Iím definitely hearing the clicking now, but I really donít want to take it apart to clean it if I donít have to.

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Yea you don't want to do that..they are deceptively simple but reported to be not so easy to get back together.

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