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Why Is My Sprinkler Valve Making Noise?

Understanding Sprinkler Valve Noise: Clicking or Tapping

If your sprinkler valve is making a clicking or tapping noise, it’s understandable to be concerned. These sounds, though usually not indicative of imminent failure, should not be ignored, as they can signal operational issues that may need attention. Here’s what this noise could mean and how you can address it:

Causes of Clicking or Tapping Noises in Sprinkler Valves

  1. Solenoid Activation: The most common cause of a clicking or tapping sound is the activation of the valve’s solenoid. The solenoid is an electromagnet that, when energized, opens the valve to allow water flow. A repeated clicking could indicate the solenoid is engaging and disengaging, which is normal during startup but shouldn’t be a continuous occurrence.
  2. Water Pressure Fluctuations: Fluctuations in water pressure can cause parts within the valve to move slightly, resulting in a tapping sound. This might happen if there’s an issue with the water supply or if the valve isn’t regulating pressure correctly.
  3. Debris in the Valve: Debris or small particles caught inside the valve can obstruct the movement of internal components, leading to noises as water tries to pass through or as the parts attempt to move.
  4. Wear and Tear: Over time, wear and tear on the valve’s components can lead to looseness or misalignment, generating noise during operation. Regular usage and exposure to the elements can exacerbate this issue.
  5. Incorrect Valve Installation or Sizing: If the valve is not the correct size for your system or if it was installed improperly, it might not function smoothly, leading to unusual sounds.

How to Address Clicking or Tapping Sounds

  1. Inspect the Solenoid: Check the solenoid to ensure it’s working correctly and securely attached. Sometimes, tightening or replacing the solenoid can resolve the noise issue.
  2. Check Water Pressure: Use a pressure gauge to test the water pressure in your system. If the pressure is too high or too low, adjusting it or installing a pressure regulator may be necessary.
  3. Clean the Valve: Turn off the water supply, carefully disassemble the valve, and remove any debris or dirt you find inside. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the valve.
  4. Examine for Wear and Tear: Look for signs of wear on the valve’s internal components. If parts are damaged or worn out, replace them to ensure proper function.
  5. Consult the Installation Guide: Verify that the valve was installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, including proper sizing for your system. Consult a professional if you suspect installation issues.


Making a clicking or tapping noise doesn’t always mean a sprinkler valve is failing, but addressing the cause promptly can prevent future problems. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable performing any of these checks or fixes, it’s wise to contact a professional irrigation technician. They can diagnose and correct issues with your sprinkler system, ensuring it operates efficiently and quietly.


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.