Fixing a Sprinkler Head That Won’t Rotate | Sprinkler Repair Tips

While automatic irrigation systems are obviously great and extremely convenient, there are times where they can develop issues just like any other type of equipment. One common problem that occurs is when a sprinkler head won’t rotate. While we strongly recommend that you call a professional when you have problems, this is one time where you may be able to perform a repair on your own. Read on for some helpful sprinkler repair tips.

How to Do It

Again, if you have any sort of electrical problem, don’t try to work on your system on your own. Call a professional. But if your sprinkler head won’t rotate simply because it is clogged, here’s some sprinkler repair tips.

  • Disassemble the sprinkler head. You should be able to simply unscrew it. Have a bucket of water handy and wash away any debris or dirt that may be causing the problem. If the head is clogged with dirt it may be able to rise but not be able to spray. Also, it may not lower or it could spray erratically.
  • Take off the filter at the bottom of the head. If you can’t pop it out with your fingers, use a flathead screwdriver or a pair of pliers. Be gentle, though; you don’t want to risk doing any damage.
  • Rinse the filter in a bucket filled with clean water to wash out debris.
  • If this doesn’t work you’ll need to have the sprinkler head replaced. This can be a fairly involved job so you’ll more than likely be better off calling in an expert.
  • If it does work, make sure the head is properly adjusted when you re-install it.

If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts with Andy’s Sprinkler will be glad to help. Give us a call at 817-608-0660 or contact us online to set an appointment.