With so many jobs to do, it’s easy to forget about your float valves.
Most valves provide years of trouble- free service. But it’s always a good idea to check that they are still operating efficiently. If not, you could be losing precious water.
The first thing to look for is that the lever arm moves freely up and down. If there’s any “stickiness” it could be due to debris, a bent pivot pin or, in the case of a sleeve valve, a dry O-ring.
If the valve weeps, it is likely the seal is worn or clogged with debris.
Once the valve is disassembled, it’s easy to check for wear in the seal, and that the valve is clean.
Fitting a new seal is as easy. Simply prise it from the flapper and remove it from the cap or from the plunger. In most cases you can turn the seal over and reuse it.
When replacing a sleeve valve seal, it is recommended that the O-ring on the plunger be re-greased with rubber grease.
Philmac supply a comprehensive range of spare parts for all their float valves, ask your CRT dealer for more information.
For detailed step by step instructions on float valve maintenance, go to the installation/troubleshooting page at philmac.com.au and watch our video on float valve maintenance.