Osmolator stopped working

cl800

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I installed an osmolator back in April and it's been working fine until today. The level sensor is completely above the water line but there's a green light on the unit and there's no water pumping out. When I unplug the unit and then plug it back in, the pump squirts water for about 1 second and then the green light comes back on and the unit thinks that the water level is fine. I removed the water level senso to make sure it's clean of algae but this has had no effect. Any suggestions?
 

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I have never seen this problem before. I would make sure the power supply is at 9-12V. I would make sure that the senseor is not positioned in such a way that a film of water is covering it (water dribbling down a baffle etc.) If you can't resolve it by these steps send it to me and I will get it repaired or replaced within 48hrs of receipt.
 

cl800

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Thanks Roger,

I contacted Marinedepot to discuss this with them since I bought it from them. Their tech support guy was out until Monday but he's supposed to give me a call. I'll discuss this with him and let you know if I need to send it to you.

I've actually checked the level sensor and cleaned its surface to make sure it was clean. The unit never detects a low water condition even when the sensor is competely removed from the tank. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks
 

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I can only suppose that the wire is damaged somehow or a soldering joint came loose but this is one problem i have never heard of. I will call Germany tomorrow and see if I can get an answer. Inside the cable for the sensor are four very fine gauge wires, I think somehow a short has occurred.
 

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OK, the following was the suggestion of the technician at the factory. Under certain conditions a surface film of lime can cause this problem. Even if apparently clean a cloudiness could cause interfernece- when clean the optical sensor should look highly polished. He suggested soaking the sensor in vinegar for 30minutes. If this doesn't remedy the situation it is a technical problem which would be vary rare after successful operation for some months. The only possibilities are damaged wiring to the sensor or a blown diode as a result of a power surge but this would have to be rather extreme.
If the vinegar does not remedy the situation please send it to me for repair or replacement.
 

cl800

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OK Roger, I'll give that a try tonight. I 've inspected the sensor quite closely and it looks clear to me, but I'll give the vinegar a try anyway. Thanks for all your help and I'll let you know what happens tonight.
 

cl800

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Hi Roger,

The vinegar didn't make any difference. Maybe I can just send it to you so that you can take a look at it. Do you have an address for me?

Thanks for all the help.
 

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Please send the power supply and pump. Both of these components could be a cause. I will have something to send back to you within 48hrs- promise.
 

cl800

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Thanks Roger, I just packed up the whole thing since it seemed easier than taking it all apart.
 

cl800

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Hi Roger,

You should be receiving the osmolator today. It should have arrived last week, but perhaps I screwed up the UPS shipment procedure. Let me know what you find out. The manual top off routine is getting tiresome.

Thanks
 

rvitko

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Just got it 10 minutes ago. My initial diagnosis is that your sensor was clean and either something is wrong with the board or with the transformer. I briefly tested the transformer and it doesn't output a steady power it jumps from 13V to 7V and everything in between so I will try a new transformer tonight and if that doesn't do it I will send you off a new brain with everything else tomorrow.
 

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Found it! Water had entered the optic sensor and caused a short. I replaced the sensor. Regarding the power supply- that was my bad- faulty contact on the electrode of my fluke meter- figured that out when 3 of them did that. Anyway- it was clear that the resin had cracked at the top of the sensor and water entered causing a short. I will run it overnight but all tests show that was the problem and it works normally.
 

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It was shipped back yesterday by UPS ground. I included a note witha couple things to change in the future. Looks like something was gnawing on or abrading the float switch wire- be careful with that- they cost $25 to change out. Also, please mount the unit somewhere dry- I noticed you weren't using the velcro. Water damage is 90% of the returns and complaints I see and they are not covered by warranty.
 
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