Skip to main content

Changing UV light in a house water system.

Today I changed the UV light in my household water system. It is a sterilight system, the base model. What this system does, is just count down the days until the system needs replacement. The calculated amount is 365 days. Today was my last day, as the bulb warranted replacement. Once again, I would advise anyone in changing their UV lights to read their instruction manuals on how to do it properly. This is the way that I went about changing the light.

The first thing I did, was get the part code from the side of the machine. Then I went to the plumbing shops, looking for a UV light. It cost me with taxes, 106 dollars with taxes in. They say UV light can burn your skin, so turn off the power when changing these lights. We know how harmful it is without the ozone layer, way up in bird land. Then I proceeded to change the light as follows.

1. Turn power to unit off. Can wait a bit for the light to cool off.

2. Slide off retaining ring, lift rubber connector up until you can grab the light by its ceramic top. Unplug light from rubber connector, then remove lifting it upwards.

3. They say to clean the outer tube. I shut off water to the unit, and opened up facets to drain. They actually recommend it be done yearly. I was hesitant, but I removed it by removing the bottom aluminum nut (hand pressure movement). No wrenches required. This is so the top of the glass will hold up from the top of the unit with the top o-ring. I removed the bottom O ring, then did the same to the top, but holding the quartz glass at all times. This is important. You have to be sure it does not drop to the bottom and smash. As soon as you remove the top O ring on this system, the glass can fall. I cleaned with water and vinegar. It was fairly clean, and next time I may not do this every year. It just depends on how much minerals are coming up in your water. A filter ahead of this unit is required.

4. I reassembled the outer tube, first with the upper O ring and then tightening down on the top aluminum nut by hand. Then, the same was done on the bottom. Sterilight was nice enough to give me two new O rings. I then cracked open the water to see if the system was water tight.  Proven good, I shut off all the water facets.

5. I then placed in the UV light, being careful not to touch with my hands. There is a ceramic top to the light, which you can use to carefully bring the light into its casement. Fingerprints can reduce the efficiency of the UV light. I then lined up the rubber connector with the light connections, pushed together, and then slid it over the groove on the top aluminum nut. A retaining ring then was pushed over sideways to keep it in place.

UV light is important to kill E Coli and Coliform bacteria in water supplies, which can cause harm to the health of the household. It is important that you connect a surge power protector to your unit, as to protect the circuit board from power surges and to keep the warranty valid.

The light was still working in my unit, but they say the strength of the light goes down over time, thus reducing  its strength up to 20 % during this time. Because of this reason, I changed the light.

Once again, refer to your manual on how to properly operate and maintain your unit.

No news on the books.. Till next time...

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

My Dog has ate a Ferrero Rocher.

I had only went into a store to buy a few Ferrero Rocher packages of chocolates... Then, I went into the next store, not realizing that I left the small, 3 chocolates per package, delicious Rochers in my middle vehicle organizer. On the way back, I did not even notice.

I had got out of my vehicle, and only when I went to search for something on that side, it all came together. The package was torn, with only one individually wrapped Ferro Rocher out of its packaging. She had selected one, and even tore the golden foil paper from the once existing Rocher Chocolate.

I looked over at my Dog. This was a little too much for me to handle. I yelled "Pushkin! You ate one of my Ferrero Rocher!"  Is she the only dog in the world that probably ate a Ferrero Rocher.

Good point in standing, she actually thought the process through. She did not destroy the three chocolates in the package, all in one bite. She used her incisors, exactly as a surgeon would, to take apart the package from t…

Supermarket Guy 5 doing very well.

Have approximately 15 % written on Part 5 so far. It is going really well, but the first few chapters maybe more drama and less action. Relationships come into play as the main characters father and mother first meet. A meeting of the eccentrics, one extreme male dominate character with a woman who takes liberty to the maximum extreme, looking back to the 70's, where we remember the 8 track tape and black and white tv. When smoking was cool. A decade where the men held the dominance in affairs and in the household, and the women usually held the fort at the home. Things have changed for the better through the late 80s and 90s, as a womans place in the world has become much more equal these days, becoming bread winners and with the men sharing allot of the household chores these days in many families. Perhaps Margaret Thatcher paved the way for many women all over the world. Now even governments make sure there is a good number of women in their cabinet in order to govern, and man…