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Old 03-31-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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Thetford Tecma macerating toilet

All you RB guys probably have one of these. I love ours, but lately it's not been able to hold water after a flush. The fresh water flows in, but instead of filling the bowl partially (like it does when working correctly) the water immediately (or soon after) drains out. It is not being pumped out by the macerater, but just drains of it's own accord.

This is really strange since there is rubber goose neck pipe (which acts like a trap, I suspect) through which all outbound liquid and solids travel. The top of the goose neck is higher than the water in the bowl. Since water "finds it's own level" it should be pretty much impossible to drain the bowl unless the macerater itself is running.

I've studied a animated drawing on you-tube of how the thing works. There are two "one way" flapper valves in the system, but from what I could tell, they are only there to prevent a back flow from the plumbing back into the stool.

That leaves one other possibility: I've got a vacuum somewhere in the plumbing system that is sucking all the water out of the bowl.

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Old 04-03-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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Bill mine has done that since I bought it. I have the issue when we hook up to a new water source and seems to settle down after a few days. Sometimes it doesn't. Mostly on the solids flush that we have the problem. I had the control board replaced and it does the same thing.
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Bill mine has done that since I bought it. I have the issue when we hook up to a new water source and seems to settle down after a few days. Sometimes it doesn't. Mostly on the solids flush that we have the problem. I had the control board replaced and it does the same thing.
Yeah, I took it all apart and I found nothing within the unit itself that would cause that problem. It has to be a vacuum in the plumbing somewhere.

It does seem more prone to happen when the tank nears full.

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