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Old 08-15-2013, 02:33 AM   #81
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I bought my four from Adventures a few weeks ago. Fingers crossed.

is the leaks mainly with the O-rings? If so, does McMasters Carr have a part #? What about going with a O-ring?

On another note, what is the difference between the Perlick 525 and 575? I want to add more faucets to my kegerator (maybe 2-3 more), so just wondering about the differences.
575 you can push back to create head.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:40 AM   #82
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575 you can push back to create head.
Of course, one can create oodles of foam by just cracking open the 525...

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:42 AM   #83
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Of course, one can create oodles of foam by just cracking open the 525...

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I guess they call it a creamer, uses some piston in the ball. Just more things to fail
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:46 AM   #84
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I guess they call it a creamer
I'm aware. But it's really a bit of a joke, as it not only doesn't do anything any 525 can't already do, but it adds a touchy faucet handle in both directions!

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[edit] I forgot to add: the tiny orifice in the 575 faucet lever is prone to clogging...
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:19 AM   #85
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It seems counterintuitive, but if the nut on top is tightened too much, it can cause the faucet ball to slip open.

Try loosening it ~1/4 turn.
Thank you! This info just stopped my leaking issue.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:25 AM   #86
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Well I read through this whole thread. Went to look at the mentioned VentMatic and find this. Sounds very similar to the Perlick issue.

"NOTICE:
VERSION CHANGE - 2013/10/15
We are now on "VentMatic 1.1". There has been a front seal change.
If you have purchased a VentMatic faucet before 10-22 and you have an issue with the front seal, please let us know. We will send you an updated front seal.

PARTS KIT: A parts kit is "in the works" and will be available by the end of November."

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Old 10-24-2013, 04:37 PM   #87
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I'm aware. But it's really a bit of a joke, as it not only doesn't do anything any 525 can't already do, but it adds a touchy faucet handle in both directions!

Score!

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[edit] I forgot to add: the tiny orifice in the 575 faucet lever is prone to clogging...
This is not my experience with my 575's. They've worked just fine for me. No clogging, no drips. The handles are not "touchy."
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Spoke to Jeff at Perlick a little while ago.

The basic premise is that pressure pushes the ball against an O-Ring (item #3 if you're looking at the schematic) which stops beer from flowing through the tap.

This system works fine as long as two things are true:
-there is enough pressure to hold the ball against the O-Ring
-the O-Ring is not compacted in any manner

Now, over time by the nature of something having pressure on it the O-Ring in question will compact.

This is essentially the fatal flaw in the 525SS.

A few things were advised:

-Replace the O-Ring every six months
-Make sure the O-Ring isn't impacted in the little area it's supposed to be; make sure it can move a bit if you poke it with something like a toothpick or eyeglasses screwdriver
-Keep serving pressure to at least 12-13 psi

So, all in all, it's kind of annoying. The Flow Control faucets use the same mechanism as well.

Jeff is sending out replacement washers to me.

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Yeah, the only time my 575's ever leaked was when I turned the pressure down to fill a growler, forgot to turn it back up and went out of town for a week. It was completely my fault.

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Honestly replacing an O-Ring once every 6 months doesn't seam like that big of a deal considering the advantages of the faucet.

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