Solar Pool Heating Valve Actuator Toggle Switch Position

This video shows you how to determine if your solar pool heating valve actuator is in the correct position and how to change it with the toggle switch. While we use the Pentair SolarTouch solar controller and the Pentair CVA24 valve actuator, this video applies to other solar controllers, pool controllers, and valve actuators. It does not apply to Heliotrope valve actuators that are integrated with the valve itself.

Troubleshooting Solar Pool Heater Valve Actuator Position

Steps to troubleshooting valve position:

1. Determine if the toggle switch is in the OFF position. If it is, the valve will not turn regardless of what the solar controller is commanding it to do.

Solar Valve Actuator Toggle Switch
The toggle switch is on the bottom or back of most brands of solar actuator.

2. Determine if the solar controller is calling for solar pool heat. If the controller says solar should be on, but the valve is off (bypassing the solar panels), turn the toggle switch to the opposite ON position.

Solar Pool Heating Controller calling for solar heating.
Check to see if you controller currently is asking for solar heat. Consult your manual if you have a more complex pool controller.

3. If the valve does not move regardless of which ON position you use, you likely have a failed valve actuator. It will need to be repaired, or more likely replaced.

  • Comment (7)
  • Unknown phone number lookup says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    Your writing kept my attention from start to finish.
  • I have determined what the open and close position r for the Actuator
    But what position do I leave the toggle switch in?

    • Jason Szumlanski says:

      William,

      That depends on what the solar controller is doing. If the controller says solar is on, turn the toggle switch to the right position for the valve to be on. If the solar controller says solar is off, turn the toggle to the opposite position. Then leave it there. That’s where it should always stay.

      The correct toggle switch position depends on how your valve is plumbed and oriented.

      Jason

  • Alex Evans says:

    I have the same system and all of a sudden the actuator won’t turn. In fact when I switch the actuator to ON1 or ON2 I can feel it energize (buzzing) but when I switch it off, the whole system including the solar touch turns off. I replaced the actuator and still the same problem. Could there be a fault or short in the controller?

    • Jason Szumlanski says:

      Alex ,

      That’s hard to diagnose without being there. By your description it sounds like a valve itself might be jammed. I’m not sure what you mean by the solartouch turns off. It certainly could be faulty.

  • שירותי ליווי באילת - israel xclub says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    This is the right website for everyone who would like to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really would want toÖHaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been discussed for many years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!
  • דירה דיסקרטית בחולון says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Many thanks for sharing!
  • Susan Cedeno says:

    I had the same problem, solar controller was off and hot water was pouring into pool. I noticed the valve was open and could not move it. Read this article and it was a lifesaver. Hit toggle, which I had no idea was there, and it immediately closed valve. Pool water is now circulating just pool water..

  • Chuck Berry says:

    Thank you for this helpful information. I had my pool converted to a salt water system 2 weeks ago. The last few days I noticed the pool water very hot – the valve was always open (heating) regardless of what the target temperature was set to.

    My google search began. Within 20 I found your article. I had no idea the toggle switch existed. Even though it was after dark I went out to check the position of the switch. Sure enough it was off. Switching it to On closest to me did the job – the valve moved to the closed position!

    This article saved me a good deal of money, thanks so much.

  • visit the following internet site says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    You should take part in a contest for one of the greatest blogs on the web. I most certainly will recommend this web site!} {visit the following internet page|visit our website|Visit Homepage|visit my homepage|Visit Homepage|visit site|Visit %domain_as_name%|visit my homepage|visit my homepage|visit my homepage
  • עיסוי אירוטי בירושלים says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    קמגרה תשדרג לכם את חיי המין ותאפשר לכם הנאה מרבית מהאקט. לטבע פלז’ר שלל פתרונות טבעיים נוספים שישדרגו לכם את חדר המיטות. דירות דיסקרטיות בהרצליה
  • HOT Video says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    ❤️ Alice sent you a HOT video! Click Here: http://bit.do/fSHAz ❤️
  • Best Dating Site says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    yt35940
  • מכוני ליווי says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    לרוב הגברים כמו כל צרכן ישראלי מצוי חשוב להרגיש שיש תמורה למחיר ובהקשר זה חשוב לציין כי ההנאה מן המוצר מורגשת גם בשלב שבו אתה צורך אותו וגם באופן שבו הוא משפר את חיי המין שלך כמכלול. לרוב הגברים כמו כל צרכן ישראלי מצוי חשוב להרגיש שיש תמורה למחיר ובהקשר זה חשוב לציין כי ההנאה מן המוצר מורגשת גם בשלב שבו אתה צורך אותו וגם באופן שבו הוא משפר את חיי המין שלך כמכלול. ערות ליווי

Leave Your Comment

Share the post

Related Solar Education Article

Scroll to Top