Replacement purge valve for the Fluval FX4, FX5 & FX6.
Posted by Don on 14th Oct 2015
My purge valve would not seal so I ordered online and received my item just as promised. It was the item I ordered and it works perfect! I couldn't find it any where else so I appreciate their full service of parts!
Posted by LizB on 7th Apr 2015
The purge valve on my 3-4 year old FX5 broke, specifically one of the finger tabs to turn the valve snapped off. The valve itself remained functional, but it was just about impossible to operate. I was not looking forward to the procedure of changing the valve, but it was actually quite simple and easy. The o-rings are built onto the valve assembly, so you pull back the small tab that holds the valve in place, releasing the old valve, then simply snap the new one into place. There is only one way for it to fit, so there is no confusion. I was glad this part was available to repair the unit.
My only complaint is that the finger tabs are not sturdier. Often when you order a replacement part, it is better built and sturdier than the original (the company learns something -you hope- when a million people need to replace a particular part!) but this replacement is identical to the original. I don't know why the finger tab snapped off cleanly, since I don't use any kind of tool or forcible action to turn the valve that would cause it to prematurely wear out, but this new one will be equally susceptible to breaking as the original. I am going to be very careful with it, as best I can.