Replace a coil of a solenoid valve

Coil for solenoid valves JP Fluid Control

Coil by JP Fluid Control

The coil of a solenoid valve generates a magnetic field. This moves a ferromagnetic plunger inside the valve which opens or closes the valve. When a coil (solenoid) is defective, it can be difficult to find a replacement for the original. A universal replacement coil can be a solution. This article lists the most important parameters that you should take into account to make an informed choice.

1. Determine the dimensions and fixation of the coil

One of the most important aspects in the selection of a replacement coil, is that the dimensions of the hole correspond with the original coil (diameter D and height H). The replacement coil may have a small clearance in the diameter, but not too large. The field strength decreases as the gap increases. As an rule of thumb, you can take a maximum tolerance of 15% of the armature diameter. Often coils are fixed by means of a nut.

diameter and height of hole in the coil

The diameter and height of the hole in the coil

2. Determine the voltage and electrical power

Voltage and type of signal (AC or DC)

Determine whether the electrical connection is AC or DC. AC stands for Alternating Current, DC for Direct Current. AC is sometimes indicated with the frequency of the voltage signal in Herz (Hz), for example, 50Hz or 60Hz. Sometimes a symbol is used. AC is represented by ~. DC is represented by - - - .

Typical voltages are 230V AC, 120V AC, 24V AC, 24V DC or 12V DC. If you are not certain about the voltage and the type of signal (AC / DC), it is a good idea to check the power supply using a multimeter.

Electric Power (Watts)

The electric power of a coil is the amount of electrical energy that is dissipated (used) is used as it is mounted on the solenoid valve, and is turned on. This is usually expressed in units of watts (W). Make sure that the capacity of the replacement spool is approximately equal to, or higher than, the value of the defective coil.

For DC current, the electrical power is linearly dependent on the voltage and amperage according to the formula:

P = V · I


  • P = electrical power in watts (W)
  • V = voltage in volts (V)
  • I = amperage in Ampere (A)

If two of the three variables are known, the third is easy to calculate. To illustrate, we calculate the amperage of a 12V DC coil with an power of 6 watts. I = P / V or 6/12 = 0.5 Amps.

For AC this formula doesn't apply, because the voltage signal is a sinusoidal motion. The actual power may be determined with a correction factor, the socalled power factor. In practice, the actual power will be slightly lower than Volts x Amps.

3. Determine the type of connector

Coils are often offered with a DIN connector. The coil is carried out with pins that can be connected to a female connector. A DIN connector has clear advantages over wires, such as good insulation, moisture protection, and fast connection. The most common models are DIN43650-A and DIN43650-B. The dimensions of both variants are shown in the figure below.

Dimensions DIN-A connector solenoid valveDimensions DIN-A connector solenoid valve

Dimensions for DIN-A (left) and DIN-B (right).

4. Standards

IP degree of protection

Most coils are fitted with a DIN-A or DIN-B connector (according to EN 175301-803) and therefore have an IP65 degree of protection if connected properly.


ATEX, French for ATmosphéres EXplosibles, is a European directive which describes requirements for devices and systems in potentially explosive atmospheres. Tameson currently has in its range no products that meet the ATEX directives.

5. Installation

Before starting the installation, you should have read the safety instructions. Attach the coil on the solenoid valve according to the example drawing. If you are using AC, it is very important that the coil is not energized when it is not mounted onto the solenoid valve. Due to the lack of mass in the coil core, the current increases and as a result, the coil may burn.

Example coil mounting on solenoid

Installation of a DIN connector for solenoid valves.

If the coil has a DIN connector, the figure below can be used as a guidance. Connect the terminals 1 and 2 to the power supply. Polarity is not important. Always connect the earth, never use the pipe itself as earthing. Connect the connector in such a way that moisture cannot enter. Use a round cable and make sure that drops on the cable cannot slip into the connector.

Mounting DIN connector solenoid valve

Installation of a DIN connector for solenoid valves.