Solenoid valves or valve actuators - which are better?

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My Pool: 72K gallon neighborhood pool with 2.3K gallon wading pool. Polaris C-660 controller, 3 pumps, 1 DE, 1 Triton Sand and one cartridge filter.
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Solenoid valves or valve actuators - which are better?

Postby chieftaing » Tue 27 Jul, 2010 08:52

I'm a volunteer pool operations person for 72K gallon neighborhood gunite pool.
We have a Polaris C-660 controller for the main and for a 2.3K gallon wading pool.

The ORP control drives two 24vac solenoid valves to control flow into the (Hayward) chlorinators into which we put regular Trichlor 3" tabs.

The solenoid valves get clogged with debris, stop working, etc. Whats the point in having a sophisticated controller when the weak link seems to be these valves. They are expensive ($230 from Polaris?) and a pain.

I've seen the Intermatic valve actuators - which for almost the same price, would seem a better control solution.

Opinions? Experiences?




Solenoid valves or valve actuators - which are better?

Postby russell13 » Tue 19 Apr, 2011 13:09

Solinoids are available alot of places - grainger and all over the internet. You can also try putting a strainer in front of your solinoid. Also next time you need a controller check out Advanced Control Logix. A much better product than your current.

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