A solenoid is an efficient means of automatic flow control. An ASCO solenoid valve will usually perform to a high standard, however if a problem does arise, our latest article offers our ASCO solenoid troubleshooting guide.

ASCO solenoid troubleshooting guide

It is important to ensure a solenoid valve is functioning to an effective level at all times. Our guide to solenoid valve troubleshooting looks to solve some of the most common and serious problems that may arise in the functioning of your solenoid.

Solenoid valve troubleshooting problems

Solenoid valves may perform to a substandard level for a number of reasons. Here, we outline some of the most common reasons why a solenoid valve may not function effectively.

  • Contaminated media – This is one of the most common problems with solenoid valve function. Using the wrong type of media or contaminated media can lead to problems with effective component functionality. If possible, install the solenoid vertically, in order to prevent media accumulation. A filter can also prevent contaminated media entering a solenoid valve.
  • Incorrect capacity – Oversizing or under sizing a solenoid valve can result in the valve working to an unsatisfactory level. Orifice size and valve configuration both contribute to the efficient working of a solenoid valve and, therefore, ensuring the correct size an important choice.
  • Wrong application – Applying a valve to an unsuitable application can cause a solenoid valve to experience a shorter lifespan than usual. Solenoids for ATEX or hazardous environments will be advertised as such and it is important that a valve which isn’t described as being suitable for dangerous environments isn’t used in one.
  • Under/Overvoltage – ASCO solenoid valves are usually designed to work at a nominal value, plus or minus 10%. If there is inadequate power supply, it may cause excessive noise and a reduced lifespan. Overvoltage can result in overheating, solenoid failure and reduced lifespan.

MGA Controls are leading distributors of solenoid valves. If you are having any trouble with a component, you can speak to our technical team who will be able to provide further advice on the efficient functioning of your solenoid valve. For more information on troubleshooting an ASCO solenoid valve, download our PDF here.