Question about Pentair Plumbing
This is a fountain that just stopped one day. I first made sure the tank was full which it was, the pump was running, and I tried repeatedly to fill the basket, replace the lid, but the water just sucks out. All valves are open so I'm not sure what is going on. My landscape guy suggests digging out the rock beneath the fountain and check for some type of blockage in that line. To me that's a really expensive option. I'm not sure if anyone here has had this type of issue but any help at all will be greatly appreciated.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It may be that the fill tube has come disconnected . It runs from the top of the fill valve to the overflow. The overflow is the tube that runs up the middle of the tank. The fill tube runs from the top of the fill valve to the top of the overflow tube. Kohler has a little clip that can sometimes come undone and cause spraying.
If that doesn't do it, turn the water off to the toilet and take off the tank lid. Partially open valve ( Slowly). Locate where spray is coming from. If it is in the area on top of the fill valve then yes, buy anew one. ( Fluidmaster )
Please rate this response and good luck, Phil
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
if the pump is working correctly, it can either be, need more water to prime it, or something in the well, such as low water, plugged filter, etc....sometimes when you have a system that is intermittently used, it can take 20 or 30 minutes of continuous priming to get it to pull, enough water to maintain the prime.
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
My 40729 would not pump water. The pump made a sort of muted sound (not loud as it normally is) and would not pump.
I took off the top of the machine and discovered that the valve in the pump was simply stuck.
Here's what to do: at the 'water out' end of the pump there are two brass fittings that are joined at ninety degrees. The vertical one screws into the horizontal one. the vertical one has a nylon (beige coloured plastic) fitting attached with three tubes attached to it: one is screwed on and the other two are pushed on. Remove them.
Then turn the whole assembly (nylon part and vertical brass fitting) and screw it out of the horizontal brass fitting that is on the end of the pump.
The nylon assembly will come apart by prising the snap-fasteners apart. Inside you'll find the valve, comprising two springs a rubber washer and a red 'ball'.
MAKE SURE YOU NOTE CAREFULLY WHICH WAY THESE COME APART.
The red 'ball' is actually slightly conical and is held in place to close the valve with the larger spring. The red ball is displaced by the water pressure of the pump, but it sticks in place and can't be shifted. use a fine screw driver to displace it (loosen it) and then re-assemble everything.
I had to make a washer where the two brass fittings join at nintey degrees to prevent a drip at the join. (I used foam, but a flat rubber washer or even cereal cardboard will do the job.)
It is working fine again.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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