Pressure Washer Maintenance Tips
Pressure washers are extremely versatile tools with many applications, but it is important to be aware that when used incorrectly or when damaged, your pressure washer can actually lead you down a short path toward total destruction. Taking some time to learn about how best to operate your pressure washer before making your purchase can save you frustration and money, as well as keep you safe. At H2O Power Equipment, we are here to help you maintain and service your pressure washer to keep it operating at peak performance for years to come!
Pressure washers vary in price, power, and size, so it is important to know which pressure washer is right for the job before operating it. Pressure washers can also deteriorate with time and use, so knowing how to prolong their life is important. These pressure washer maintenance tips will help you learn the basics about how best to operate and prevent damage to your unit.
● When power washing, use safety goggles, rubber gloves, and steel-toed boots. Pressure washers are extremely powerful tools and can cause injury if they make contact with your skin. Some pressure washing chemicals are also hazardous to handle, so be sure that you understand the proper application procedures before attempting to start a power wash job.
● Check all hoses for wear and look for wire braid coming through; DO NOT utilize a hose with any significant defects or wear!
● In order to meet UL Certifications, verify that your pressure washer hose has a 24″ hose guard on it. (NOTE: there are numerous “cheap” hoses available in the marketplace, but these will not last long and, more often than not, result in reduced safety for the operator.)
● Check your connections and double-check that they are in good working order; make sure they are securely fastened, with no gaps or leaks.
● When starting your unit, follow manufacturer guidelines for start sequence, warm-up period and activation of the heater (for hot water units), among other steps to get started.
● When operating the trigger gun and wand, depressing the trigger on and off quickly can damage the unloader and cause it to wear out quickly. If you must let go of it for more than a few minutes, switch off the machine first.
● Before shutting off the pressure washer, always turn off the heater (for hot water units) and allow it to cool down for approximately 2-5 minutes.
● To store your unit, wrap hoses and cords where they belong, disconnect attachments to garden hoses or tanks (if moving the unit) and allow to drain. (NOTE: in cold temperatures, winterize your unit to avoid freezing in the lines and pump!)
Taking these simple steps will go a long way to ensuring safety of use and a long life for your pressure washer. However, sometimes your unit will require additional maintenance actions as certain parts wear out over time. H2O Power Equipment can assist you with routine repair services, as well as Preventive Maintenance plans to get and keep your pressure washer up and running – reach out to us today to schedule your service!