Hudson Float Valve Maintenance
Maintaining optimal performance of the Hudson Valve requires regular cleaning. The frequency of cleaning should be determined based on the quality of your water source, typically ranging from 2 to 6 times per year. Higher levels of silt, rust, debris, and other impurities in the water call for more frequent cleaning to ensure the valve functions properly. Over time, moss, algae, and debris can accumulate and obstruct the small holes within the valve, leading to malfunctioning.
To clean the Hudson Valve effectively, follow these steps:
- Turn off the water source and carefully remove the valve.
- Unscrew the cap from the valve body.
- Take out the diaphragm and retainer ring.
- Flip the valve over and, using a screwdriver, loosen the screw to release the float from the valve body.
- Thoroughly wash all parts with warm soapy water and rinse them well.
- Examine the silicone diaphragm by holding it up to the light, ensuring that the hole running through the stem is open and clear.
- If there is any blockage, attempt to run water or compressed air through it. However, avoid using needles or pins, as they may alter the diaphragm's hole size and lead to valve failure. If you cannot clear the debris, contact Hudson Valve for assistance.
- Similarly, inspect the valve body by holding it up to the light, checking if the stainless steel insert running through it is open and unobstructed.
- If there is any obstruction, try running water or compressed air through it. Avoid using needles or pins that could alter the insert hole size and cause the valve to fail. If you are unable to clear the debris, reach out to Hudson Valve for further guidance.
- Examine the shut-off pad on the float for any signs of tears or indentations. A damaged shut-off pad will prevent the valve from shutting off properly.
- If you notice any damage to the shut-off pad, contact Hudson Valve for support.
- Reassemble the valve, ensuring all components are properly fitted.
By following these steps, you can effectively clean and maintain your Hudson Valve to ensure optimal performance.