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1698 trigger fault

No liquid to the floor, but if I select handtools, water is provided. Trigger seems to stick possibly the cause of the problem

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Re: 1698 trigger fault

Heater blocked with lime scale. or short valve inside unit handle plunger not reaching valve

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

Re: 1698 trigger fault

PS: In a fit of frustrated anger I've removed and destroyed the soap selection switch, use needle nose pliers to adjust the depth of the valve for your desired soap mixture (not an exact science)

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

Re: 1698 trigger fault

This might help, I've had this one torn apart....way too many times, never enough water, limited water, water starts and stops. I've just now discovered that the problem is in the soap selection valve. if the internal valve is pushed too far down into it's seat, it blocks the water flow enough to cut off the limited suction that stupid little pump provides. You should see and immediate, extreme jump in water flow. Good luck

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

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