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Tank not filling except when I push down on the top of the fill valve (or top of threaded rod), depressing the float. All lines clear and straight.

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If all you have to do is push down on the float to get water to flow, then it sounds like a new float mechanism would solve your problem. Maybe an adjustment would suffice.

Hope this helps

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