Sloan Optima Solenoid Replacement Guide

Almost every single electronic faucet utilizes a few key components for operation: a faucet, a power source, a control module assembly, and a solenoid valve. In this article, we will focus on the latter – Solenoid Valves. More specifically, solenoid valve replacements for Sloan Optima Faucets. You will learn the following: common solenoid problems when to use old style versus new style solenoid valves, how to identify which solenoid you need for your Sloan Optima faucet, and where to find additional Sloan repair parts and troubleshooting resources. 

When do solenoids need to be replaced?

Sloan solenoids should last for years when used correctly. But even with proper usage, solenoids don’t last forever. At some point, faucet solenoids will need to be replaced. 

Common Solenoid Valve Problems:

  • Erratic Valve Noises
  • Partially Closed Valves
  • Valve Will Not Open

A number of things can cause the malfunctions listed above. One of those things is the faucet’s solenoid valve assembly. When a faucet is having issues and the culprit is the solenoid valve, then it is likely that the solenoid will need to be replaced entirely.

Why can solenoid replacement be difficult?

There are over 25 different Sloan Optima faucet models, and a handful of different Sloan faucet solenoids to choose from. For most of these faucets, only one style of solenoid works. For others, there are two choices. The variety of faucet styles and solenoids from Sloan can make finding the right Sloan solenoid replacement tricky, especially if you are ordering solenoids for a variety of Sloan faucets.

Old Style versus New Style Sloan Solenoids

It is important to understand that for some faucets, Sloan may have an Old Style Solenoid and a New Style Solenoid. This is important because Old and New Style Solenoids are NOT interchangeable. In other words, if you have an old style solenoid, then you cannot upgrade to the New Style Solenoid when you need to replace the solenoid. Sloan still makes Old Style Solenoids in addition to their New Style Solenoids. There are still many old style faucets in use that will eventually need their old style solenoids replaced. And of course, newer style faucets will eventually need new style solenoid replacements too.

Sloan Optima Solenoid Chart

Use the links below to buy the Sloan Optima Solenoids listed in this chart:

*Old versus New Solenoid Identification Help:

Let’s examine the Sloan EBV-650 solenoid valve because it lists two solenoids in the chart above: the new style ETF-740-A and the old style EBF-1011-A. In order to determine which solenoid your EBF-650 faucet needs, take a look at the solenoid you are removing from the unit, and see if it looks like the Old Style Solenoid shown at the very top of the chart, or the New Style Solenoid, shown in the second row. Luckily, the solenoids look nothing alike, making comparative identification easier if you still have the existing solenoid. 

When you do not have the broken solenoid that needs to be replaced, and the faucet you have can utilize more than one solenoid replacement, then you should give us a call for help. We can help you figure out the model and age of your faucet in order to identify which solenoid you need.

Need more help replacing your Sloan Optima solenoid? Give us a call. Our product experts are standing by ready to help you replace your faucet’s solenoid along with any other repair parts you may need for your faucet, flushometer, and more. 

Toll-Free: 800-442-6622 
Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100 
Monday through Friday from 8AM – 4:00PM, EST.

Sloan BASYS Faucet Solenoid Replacement Chart

Faucet solenoids are one of the most commonly replaced faucet parts. Their role within a faucet is critical. In this article, find out what solenoids do, then learn exactly which solenoid is needed for your Sloan BASYS faucet model by using the chart in this article.

Solenoids: What do they do within a faucet?

Faucet solenoids control the flow of water from the inlet to the faucet spout. They convert electronic energy into mechanical energy, enabling electronic faucets to function mechanically through their sensor or manual activation. Solenoid valves are most often made of stainless steel, Teflon, and brass materials. 

For Sloan BASYS faucets, use the Solenoid Replacement Chart below to find the correct solenoid to service your Sloan BASYS faucet. The chart lists several factors that will help you figure out which solenoid is needed for your BASYS faucet. Faucet solenoids control the flow of water from the inlet to the faucet spout. They convert electronic energy into mechanical energy, enabling electronic faucets to function mechanically through their sensor or manual activation. Solenoid valves are most often made of stainless steel, Teflon, and brass materials.

Faucet Height

An easy visual which helps narrow down which solenoid you need for your model BASYS faucet is the faucet’s height. BASYS faucets come in Low, Mid, High and wall mounting heights.

Faucet Model

The model of your faucet will also help you determine which solenoid it uses. Simply find the model number on your faucet, and look for it in the chart below.

Solenoid Options

There are two solenoid models for each Low, Mid, and High BASYS faucet styles. They are color coded according to which gallon per minute (GPM) flow rate they are designed for. Green solenoids are for 0.5 GPM and blue solenoids are for 1.5 GPM. For wall mounted BASYS faucets, the only option is the EXF1012A Solenoid, which has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM. 

*Note: The flow rate of the solenoid must match the flow rate of the BASYS faucet aerator to function properly. So, for example, if you want your Low BASYS faucet model EFX300 to have a low flow rate of 0.5 GPM, then you need to install a 0.5 GPM aerator and the 0.5 GPM solenoid, which is Sloan model EFX37A (Equiparts Part #84103). 

If you are unsure of the aerator flow rate in your faucet, and do not have an old solenoid to reference for color, than you may need to replace both the solenoid and the aerator to ensure that you install parts with matching flow rates.

BASYS Solenoid Identification Chart

BASYS Faucet Solenoid Chart Image

After using the chart to find the solenoid needed for your faucet, click on the Equiparts part number below to view the solenoid you need. Then request a quote through our website or call to place your order.

HOW TO ORDER BASYS Solenoid Assemblies

Give us a call to place your order for the solenoids needed to service your Sloan BASYS faucets. As a master distributor of Sloan for over 40 years, we carry everything made by Sloan, with thousands of parts and fixtures in stock and ready to ship.

TOLL-FREE: 800-442-6622 / PITTSBURGH: 412-781-9100

Sinchnut: A New Lock Nut for Easy Faucet Installation

Installing a lavatory faucet or a kitchen faucet can be backbreaking work. You need to crawl under the sink into a cramped, dimly lit space in order to thread and tighten the faucet lock nuts, and then install the supply lines. This is often done while laying on your back on a very uncomfortable, uneven surface. You may have thought to yourself, there has got to be a better way to install a faucet. Well, now there is!

Introducing the Sinchnut!

This clever, patented device will make faucet installation much quicker and easier. No longer will you need to work upside down, straining your back muscles, endlessly spinning the faucet nut or locknut up the faucet shank in order to install a lavatory faucet or kitchen faucet.

See how easy it is to install this new style faucet lock nut in our latest how-to video:

Can’t view the video? Scroll down to view the animated image below to see how the Sinchnut is installed. If you would like to read the video transcription, you can read it at the very bottom of this article. 

How the Sinchnut Works

With the Sinchnut, you can connect the supply lines to the faucet first, before you even put the faucet into the holes of your sink. Once the supply lines are attached to the faucet, you can then insert the supply lines and the faucet into the mounting holes. Next comes the Sinchnuts. Unlike regular faucet lock nuts which are usually made of solid pieces of brass, Sinchnuts are made of two plastic pieces that are linked by a hinge that allows you to open and close the nut.

Once your lavatory faucet or kitchen faucet and supply lines have been inserted into the holes of the sink, all you have to do is open your Sinchnut, wrap it high up around the faucet shank, and close the Sinchnut, locking it in place with a click. Then turn it until it is tight, just like you would an ordinary locknut, and you’re done! No more backbreaking, upside down faucet installations.

 

New Faucet Locknut: The Sinchnut GIF

 

See how easy it is to install this new faucet locknut called the Sinchnut in the image above. Simply close the clasp, lock it into place and voila! Your new faucet installation is secured with the newest and easiest faucet shank lock nut solution.

How to Order Sinchnuts

Equiparts has Sinchnuts in stock and ready to ship. Give us a call and make your next faucet installation a Sinch!

Sinchnut Locking Faucet Nut View the Sinchnut on our website to add it to your online quote, or give us a call to place your order.

Toll-Free: 800-442-6622
Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100
Monday-Friday 7:30-5:00PM EST.

 

 

Not interested in the Sinchnut? Then learn about the SaniGuard Fogger, another fabulous product that sanitizes an entire room, vehicle, or area in mere minutes.

 

Read the Sinchnut (Faucet Lock Nut) Introductory Video transcription below. This is for those of you that cannot view the video.

Hi this is Jim with Equiparts, I’m here to show you a new item called the Sinchnut. The Sinchnut helps you install a lavatory or a kitchen faucet faster and easier than traditionally. We are here at our test station and normally, what you do is when you install your faucet, you put your faucet in the holes and you tighten up the faucet lock nut. Then you go back under and add your supply lines. In this case with the Sinchnut, you can install your supply lines first, put them down through the holes, and then, you snap on your Sinchnut(s), do a few turns, and it’s tight. As you can see, this is hinged. So you can wrap it around the shaft of the faucet. It opens and closes easily. Call Equiparts today for your new Sinchnuts and thank you for watching. Reference part #68691. 800-442-6622.

Measure Your Faucet GPM Flow Rate with Our Flow Rate Measurement Bag

Watch the How to Measure Your Faucet GPM Flow Rate video below to learn how to measure the flow rate of a faucet in seconds! Get one of our flow measurement bags for yourself by filling out our Flow Rate Measurement Bag Request Form through the button below!

 

Faucets and showerheads that have high flow rates are wasting a lot of water and energy. In larger commercial facilities like hospitals, schools, and large office buildings with large quantities of sinks and showers, this waste is quickly multiplied into costly water bills. The first step in reducing this waste is to evaluate your water usage by checking the flow rates of your aerators and showerheads. If you can’t figure out what the flow rate of your aerators and showerheads are, we have a simple method for finding out.

 

What is flow rate? Flow rate is the amount of water that runs through a faucet or shower when it’s in use. It is measured in gallons per minute, or GPM. 

 

How to Measure the GPM Flow Rate of a Faucet or Showerhead 

So, how do you measure the flow rate of your faucet and/or showerhead? Find out by watching our video below. Scroll down below the video to read the instructions that are printed on the bag.

How to get a Flow Rate Measurement Bag


How can you get your hands on a Flow Rate Measurement Bag? Easy. Just fill out our contact form through the button below, and we will ship a bag to you.

*Current customers if you are already a customer at Equiparts and have an account with us, skip the form and simply give your rep a call to request your box: 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

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Get Free Flow Rate Measurement Bag

Flow Rate Measurement Bag Instructions:

You will need a timer or watch, and this bag.
  1. Tightly hold the top of the bag at each side, and hold the bag under your faucet spout or showerhead.
  2. Simultaneously turn on the water, and start your timer. Let it run for 10 seconds.
  3. Turn off the water, and note your device’s flow rate on the bag (GPM levels are marked).
  4. If the flow rate is 2.2 or above, Call Equiparts to order a low-flow aerator, and start saving today!
  5. Recycle the water, use it for your plants!

After you measure your flow rate, or if you already know your flow rate and want to learn more about Aerators, read our Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide.

In the guide, you will find basic aerator information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions related to aerators including the following:
• How to Determine Whether You Need a Male or Female Aerator
• How to Determine Correct Aerator Size
• How to Remove an Aerator
and many more questions.
You will also find general rules of thumb for aerators, where to buy commercial aerators, and view an aerator chart that links through to the extensive inventory of aerators available from Equiparts in our Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide.

Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cut down on water usage, adding water-saving aerators to your faucets is an excellent way to do just that. Consider that home and business owners pay for water three times: once to bring it into the building, once to heat it, and once to dispose of it. Think about the number of customers at your restaurant, guests at your hotel, or students at your school, and you’ll realize how expensive water usage can be. Swapping water-saving aerators into your faucets is a simple way to save a lot of money on your utility bills.

cache aerator on faucet with keyHow Do Aerators Work?

Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream, thus breaking one large stream of water into multitudes of tiny streams. This means less water coming out of the faucet without sacrificing water pressure.

Why Install Aerators in Your Facility’s Faucets?

Aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets, and so your water bills will be lower. Along with being cost-effective, installing water-saving aerators is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home, office, or commercial building more efficient. They can be installed and ready for use in seconds! Adding air into the water stream also helps reduce splashing, and will cut down on wet restroom floors. This can help prevent slip and fall accidents, and make your facility more appealing. Skip to the Aerator Digital PDF to see what aerators we carry.

 

 

Faucet Aerators Q&A

How Do I Choose an Aerator for my Faucet?sloan-faucet-aerator

There are several things to consider when selecting an aerator. GPM (gallons per minute), thread type, thread size, flow type, and style are the main factors. Different flow types include aerated, laminar, and spray. Laminar flow is recommended in hospitals and other health care facilities, and spray is used mainly in kitchen faucets. There are also vandal resistant styles available.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Male or Female Aerator?sloan-faucet-aerator

When you see the threads on the outside of the faucet, you have a male faucet and therefore need a female aerator. If the threads are located inside of the faucet, then you need a male aerator.

How to Determine Correct Aerator Size

There is an easy trick to determining which aerator size is needed to fit your faucet, and it just involves some spare basys-faucet-aeratorchange. A dime has a diameter of .705 inches and will fit on the threads of 13/16 size aerators, which have a diameter of .8125 inches. A nickel has a diameter of .835 inches. A nickel will fit on the threads of a 15/16 size aerator, which has a diameter of .9375 inches.

Is There a Universal Aerator?

There is a dual aerator that has threads on both the outside and inside of the aerator. This enables the spout to fit both male and female threaded faucets.  Dual thread aerators come in a variety of flow rates, from 0.35 to 2.2 GPM in 15/16” size only.

How Do I Install a Faucet Aerator?

Most aerators come ready to install, but some do not. For example, when using the female threads of dual aerators, you will need to remove one of the inside washers to expose the internal threading.

When Should I Replace My Aerator?

If the flow from your faucet is trickling out or only coming out of one side of the spout, then your aerator is likely clogged and needs to be either cleaned or replaced. The length of time your aerator lasts is determined by the quality of your water, how often the faucet is used, and other situational factors.

How Do I Remove an Aerator?

Unscrew male and female threaded aerators by turning the aerator counter clockwise. In most cases, when the aerator is not vandal resistant, you should be able to remove it with your hands. Tools will not be needed. However, if an aerator is very tight, you may need to use a non-marking wrench to remove the aerator. We recommend using a non-marking wrench because a regular wrench might mar the faucet or aerator. If the aerator spins and does not become loose when turned, then the aerator is likely vandal-resistant and requires a key for removal. If you look at the face of the aerator and you see two slots on opposite sides of the aerator, it is most likely a vandal-resistant type. The slots are where a special key is inserted in order to remove the aerator. Cache aerators also require a key for removal.

How Do I Figure Out Which Aerator to Get if My Faucet Doesn’t Have One?

If you are missing the aerator for your faucet, then determining the correct replacement aerator for that unit can be difficult. You can try searching with the manufacturer number of your faucet, or you can reach out to us at Equiparts to help you figure out which aerator likely fits your faucet.

How Do I Unclog an Aerator?

To unclog an aerator, you can soak it in vinegar and water or CLR (calcium lime remover) to remove any dirt, particles, calcium, or lime build-up.

How to Reduce Splash from My Faucet Stream?

Splash from your faucet can occur for a variety of reasons. Shallow or beveled basins, as well as angled faucet spouts can make splashing from the faucet stream more likely. One way to reduce or stop splash from happening is by decreasing the faucet’s flow rate. This can be done by installing an aerator with a lower GPM.

General Rules of Thumb

  • • Most kitchen faucets will require a 15/16 male thread aerator cache-aerator-faucetwith 2.2 GPM.
  • • Most commercial faucets will fit 13/16 or 15/16 sized aerators. They will likely use vandal proof style aerators that can only be removed with a key.
  • • Most residential faucets will use 13/16 sized aerators or smaller.
  • • Laminar flow aerators are used primarily in hospitals because they do not mix air in with the water.
  • • Cache Aerators, which are hidden within the head of faucets, are new style aerators that only fit in newer model faucets due to the different thread diameter they have. View Cache aerators or get help deciding which Cache aerators to purchase with this Cache Aerator and Kit GPM Diagram.

Where to Buy Commercial Faucet Aerators

Commercial aerators cannot be purchased at big-box stores. Vandal-resistant aerators, specialty thread aerators, and manufacturer-specific aerators are also usually not found in home improvement stores since they are designed for commercial applications. In some instances, faucets require an aerator designed specifically for that faucet or manufacturer. For example, gooseneck Chicago Faucets have a special thread that requires a specific Chicago aerator. This is also the case with Symmons and Speakman commercial faucets and aerators as well. Some Kohler faucets require a specialized ⅜ IPS thread.

Aerators at Equiparts

You can find any commercial (and residential) aerator you need at Equiparts. We carry all of the most popular sizes and commercial brands, including Chicago, Sloan, Central Brass, Symmons, Moen, as well as residential faucet manufacturers like Kohler and Delta. We also have a variety of specialized aerators in stock, and we ship nationwide. Take a look at the Aerator Digital PDF below to see the aerators we have in our catalog. If you hover over a art number and it turns blue, then that means it is also listed on our website. Click on part numbers to view those aerators on our website and learn more or add them to your cart and request a quote. 

In addition to water-saving aerators, Equiparts carries many other products that are designed to reduce water consumption and make your facility more energy efficient. Order your water-saving products today by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us to place an order toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

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How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

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Why Flush Valve Polish Doesn’t Exist

You may ask yourself, why can’t I simply buy flush valve polish, or faucet polish to make my flushometer or faucet shiny again? Simply put, chrome plated metals cannot be polished because chrome is an inert or chemically inactive metal. As a matter of fact, using chemicals or rough cleaning techniques on chrome plated fixtures can potentially cause more harm than help. Here’s why: the majority of chrome plated faucets and flush valves have a very thin coating of chrome over their brass body. When maintenance personnel uses harsh chemicals on flush valves and flushometers in an attempt to clean them well, they can actually damage the chrome plating, causing it to become pitted. Likewise, when custodians or maintenance technicians scrub chrome plated fixtures too roughly, they can also damage the finish, in some cases even remove the finish entirely.

Read on below to find out how we recommend cleaning the chrome plated fixtures in your facility.

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

At Equiparts, we recommend that our customers clean their chrome plated flush valves and faucets with good ole soap and water. Since chrome is a soft, inert metal that does not rust, it does not need any type of polish to make it shine like new. Instead, it just needs the grime, dust, and dirt removed to get it back to its prime.

In Sloan’s Care and Cleaning Instructions in their Repair Part and Maintenance Guide for chrome plated flushometers, they state the following:

DO NOT USE abrasive or chemical cleaners (including chlorine bleach) to clean flushometers that may dull the luster and attack the chrome or special decorative finish. Use ONLY mild soap and water, then wipe dry with a clean towel or cloth.
While cleaning the bathroom tile, protect the flushometer from any splattering of cleaner. Acids and cleaning fluids will discolor or remove chrome plating. 

We recommend wiping down the surface of the fixture with warm, soapy water, then using a microfiber cloth or towel to dry the surface.

Next time you are wondering what you should use to clean your flushometer, or how to make your faucets shiny and like new, remember to keep it simple, and just use soap and water so you don’t cause any permanent damage to your chrome plated flush valves and faucets.

At Equiparts, we carry all of the maintenance and plumbing repair parts, fixtures, and tools you need to outfit and maintain your facility. We carry products from all of the top plumbing and hardware companies and also carry hard to find parts as well. Our staff consists of experts, not order takers. Browse through our website or give us a call 7:30AM-5PM M-F EST toll-free at 800-442-6622.
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