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Sprinkler Repair

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Sprinkler Repair


How to Repair a Hunter Sprinkler Head

Hunter sprinkler heads are popular in many irrigation systems due to their reliability and performance. However, like all mechanical devices, they may sometimes require maintenance or repair. Follow this step-by-step guide to repair your Hunter sprinkler head and get your system back in optimal condition.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench or pliers
  • Replacement parts (such as nozzles or seals)
  • Clean cloth or rag
  • Bucket (optional)

Step 1: Identify the Problem

Before starting any repair, identify the specific issue with the sprinkler head. Common problems include:

  • Clogged nozzle or filter
  • Leaking head
  • Poor spray pattern
  • Head not popping up

Step 2: Turn Off the Water Supply

To avoid any accidental water sprays or further damage, ensure the water supply to the sprinkler system is turned off.

Step 3: Remove the Sprinkler Head

  1. Using a flathead screwdriver, carefully pry the sprinkler head up from the ground. If the head is recessed in the ground, you may need to dig around it slightly to access the base.
  2. Once exposed, use an adjustable wrench or pliers to unscrew the sprinkler head from the riser or pipe.

Step 4: Inspect and Clean the Sprinkler Head

  1. Disassemble the sprinkler head by unscrewing the cap and removing the internal components.
  2. Check for any debris or dirt inside the nozzle or filter. Use a clean cloth or rag to wipe away any visible debris.
  3. If the nozzle is clogged, rinse it under running water or soak it in a bucket of water to dislodge any trapped particles.

Step 5: Replace Damaged Parts

If you notice any damaged or worn parts during inspection, consider replacing them with new ones. Common replacement parts include:

  • Nozzle
  • Filter screen
  • Seals or O-rings

Step 6: Reassemble the Sprinkler Head

  1. After cleaning and replacing any damaged parts, reassemble the sprinkler head by reversing the disassembly process.
  2. Ensure all components are correctly aligned and tightly secured.

Step 7: Reinstall the Sprinkler Head

  1. Screw the sprinkler head back onto the riser or pipe, ensuring it is tightly fitted to prevent leaks.
  2. Adjust the position of the head to ensure it is level with the ground surface.

Step 8: Turn On the Water Supply

Once the sprinkler head is securely in place, turn the water supply back on and check for any leaks or issues with the spray pattern. Make any necessary adjustments to the nozzle or head position to achieve the desired spray coverage.

Step 9: Test the System

Run a complete cycle of your irrigation system to ensure the repaired sprinkler head is functioning correctly along with the other heads in the system.

Additional Tips:

  • Regular maintenance can prevent many common issues with sprinkler heads. Periodically inspect and clean your sprinkler heads to ensure optimal performance.
  • If multiple heads are experiencing issues, it may indicate a problem with the overall system, such as low water pressure or a clogged mainline. In such cases, it may be beneficial to consult a professional.


By following these steps, you can effectively repair your Hunter sprinkler head and keep your irrigation system running smoothly.


If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Mr Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 855-695-1000 to set an appointment.