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Help with Sprnklers - None of Zones Turning On

140 30 September 27, 2016 at 03:34 PM
Bought the house last fall. Had sprinkler winterized and company blew out lines. This summer, turned on the water and everything would go fine for a few days at a time. Then, sprinklers stopped working sporadically. I did notice that when the controller kicked on and sprinklers did NOT turn on, 1 sprinkler in the in the 3rd zone started collecting water. I tried to manually turn on the sprinklers today by turning the solenoid but didn't work. It did get water dripping through with a hissing sound.

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What kind of valves do you have? When you say, "turn solenoid", this won't always work. Do you have a bleeder valve on the sprinkler valve?
With the zone turned on, try opening the bleeder valve if you have one.
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What kind of valves do you have? When you say, "turn solenoid", this won't always work. Do you have a bleeder valve on the sprinkler valve?
With the zone turned on, try opening the bleeder valve if you have one.
where can I find the bleeder valve? I have pop up sprinklers. some hunter, some rainbird.
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where can I find the bleeder valve? I have pop up sprinklers. some hunter, some rainbird.
Valves are different, but generally its the small knob near the edge of the valve. It has nothing to do with the sprinkler heads.

Maybe a picture of the valve will help.
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I found it by the main water feed to the sprinkler system. It had a solenoid on it with a wire so I'm assuming the controller sends a charge to trigger the solenoid?

When I turned the bleeder valve manually, I could hear/feel water was rushing into the sprinkler line and water started to leak out. Turned on the sprinkler controller and sprinklers didn't turn on.

Am I missing something?

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Valves are different, but generally its the small knob near the edge of the valve. It has nothing to do with the sprinkler heads.

Maybe a picture of the valve will help.
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I found it by the main water feed to the sprinkler system. It had a solenoid on it with a wire so I'm assuming the controller sends a charge to trigger the solenoid?

When I turned the bleeder valve manually, I could hear/feel water was rushing into the sprinkler line and water started to leak out. Turned on the sprinkler controller and sprinklers didn't turn on.

Am I missing something?
Unless you have only 1 zone, then you should have a valve for each zone. You don't want the bleeder valve open if the valve is working properly, its just a way to manually turn on the zone. When you say water leaked out, are you talking about leaking at the bleeder valve or water coming out of the sprinkler?
Did you open the bleeder valve far enough to let the valve open?
Are you saying that none of the zones work?
Yes, the controller sends usually 24 volt to the solenoid to open the valve.
You should hear a sound on the valve when the solenoid activates. Like a click or bump or a thump. Stand over it and have someone turn on that zone for that valve and listen for it. This how you can test that the solenoid is getting power and working. Unless you have a multi-meter and want to test each solenoid for 24 volts, with the zone turned on.
Are you sure you have proper water pressure? Sometimes if the pressure is too low the valve won't open. But again all this depends on what you have.
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pics or it didn't happen.
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I had this same problem after replacing an irrigation line that I hit with an axe. You have to prime the lines. If there is too much air, the pump will turn on. But, the heads will not pop up. So, put a hose on the bleeder valve while the pump is running and pump water into the lines and see if the heads pop up. You have to get all of the air out. So, be careful not to let more in while pumping water in.
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Appreciate the replies and help. It's beyond my capabilities to do even half of what you guys are suggesting so I just bit the bullet and scheduled a tech visit from sprinkler company. Esp because Tru green just aerated and reseeded yesterday. Don't want to let seed sit there and give squirrels chance to eat it all up..
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Sounds to me like you have an underground leak and are losing enough water to not activate your sprinkler heads.
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Appreciate the replies and help. It's beyond my capabilities to do even half of what you guys are suggesting so I just bit the bullet and scheduled a tech visit from sprinkler company. Esp because Tru green just aerated and reseeded yesterday. Don't want to let seed sit there and give squirrels chance to eat it all up..
The priming is super simple. I didn't know what I was doing at first either. You simply hold the hose up to the bleed valve and pump water in while the pump is on. Once the heads pop up and stay up, shut the bleed valve off. That's it.
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Appreciate the replies and help. It's beyond my capabilities to do even half of what you guys are suggesting so I just bit the bullet and scheduled a tech visit from sprinkler company. Esp because Tru green just aerated and reseeded yesterday. Don't want to let seed sit there and give squirrels chance to eat it all up..
Lets us know what the problem was when its fixed.
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not sure why this question was just asked since summer is over? Sounds like they did not blow out the lines right .
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not sure why this question was just asked since summer is over? Sounds like they did not blow out the lines right .
Depending on where you live, you still water in the fall and winter. We do here in Florida. Just less frequently. The grass doesn't go dormant the way it does up north.
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Depending on where you live, you still water in the fall and winter. We do here in Florida. Just less frequently. The grass doesn't go dormant the way it does up north.

Bought the house last fall. Had sprinkler winterized and company blew out lines.
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