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Rain Bird APAS Series Sprinkler Valve Repair and Troubleshooting

2017 - Rain Bird APAS 3/4" & 1" valves, parts APAS-075 and APAS-100, were discontinued in mid 2008 with no replacement from Rain Bird. Replacement parts for the valves were also discontinued which makes troubleshooting useless.

The valves Rain Bird currently sells require a wider space between the input and output pipes making replacement of APAS series valves a difficult task.  These were very common sprinkler valves in homes from the late 1980's until they were discontinued.  APAS series valves were the valve of choice at most hardware stores and home centers. 

If you have a Rain Bird APAS-100 or APAS-075 valve with a bad solenoid (part with wires coming out of it) there is an easy solution!

Irritrol Systems manufactures a valve that is the same width as the APAS series. In fact with the solenoids removed they are almost identical. 

RainBird APAS-100 and Irritrol 311A-1 Sprinkler Valve Comparison
Irritrol 311A-1 and Rain Bird APAS-100 Sprinkler Valve Comparison with solenoids removed.

Irritrol 311A Series 3/4" (Part 311A-.75) and 1" (Part 311A-1) sprinkler valves are a good replacement for Rain Bird APAS-100 or APAS-075 valves.  These can be found in landscape & irrigation supply stores (as of July 2012) or search online. Several online stores are now selling Irritrol anti-siphon 311a valves. They are not available in Home Depot or Lowes.

Irritrol 311A Series Valve Replaces rain Bird APAS-100

If you have a RainBird APAS-100 valve with a bad solenoid your repair is super easy with a Irritrol 311A-1.  If power is getting to your APAS-100 valve but the valve will not turn on or off correctly you probably have a bad solenoid.  All you need to do is turn the water off, unscrew the old solenoid and screw in the solenoid from the Irritrol 311A valve.  Don't be alarmed by the fact that the Irritrol solenoid or actuator is larger than the APAS version.  Connect the wires and you are finished with the repair.

Rain Bird APAS-100 and Rain Bird APAS-100 with Irritrol 311A-1 Solenoid Installed 
Rain Bird APAS-100 and Rain Bird APAS-100 with Irritrol 311A-1 Solenoid Installed

I hope this helps those of you with these discontinued Rain Bird sprinkler valves.  I searched for a while before my local irrigation supply store helped me find the Irritrol replacement part.  Good luck!

 

 

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