The Complete Pressure Washer Maintenance Handbook
- Pressure Washer Maintenance Tips for 3 Common Problems
- Hotsy Pressure Washer Training Tips for New Users
- What to Do If Your Pressure Washer Pump Oil Is Milky
- 14-Step Pressure Washer Inspection Checklist
- A Simple Guide to Cleaning Calcium Buildup in Your Pressure Washer
- Signs Your Pressure Washer Needs Repair
- Pressure loss
- Pump leaks
- Oil leaks
- Create a List of All Pressure Washer Hazards — the best way to prevent safety hazards is to know all of them. This includes dangers to you physically like skin injuries, lacerations, and bone fractures, and electric shock if you're working with an electric-powered pressure washer. There's also always a potential for property damage (stripping off paint, materials, and denting), chemical damage if you have an open wound, and CO2 posing if you're using a gasoline-powered pressure washer in a closed-in space.
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment — to prevent these major hazards from affecting you or your employees, you need to wear protective gear to keep safe. This will allow you to complete your job as safely as possible.
- Understand the Manual — the manual is there for a reason, and it can get particularly dangerous if you just assume you already know everything about a new pressure washer. Either know it inside and out or always have it on hand. Either way, it will keep you informed on troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs, machine operations, and more.
- Exercise Caution — the more cautious you are, the less risk you will face with such a powerful tool. You should always test your pressure washer nozzle before using it, ensure your strength is up for the job, stay updated on the weather forecast, do a run-through on electrical wires and connections before spraying, avoid elevated heights, and ladders, and listen for strange noises.
- Know Your Environment — knowing your environment ensures you're not making mistakes like using a gas-powered pressure washer in a small, enclosed space. Not only can it cause CO2 posing, but the noises are so loud they could damage your hearing.
- Invest Time in Training — finally, it's important to regularly train yourself and your workers on these steps to ensure everyone knows them well and puts them to use. Your safety is so important, and here at NorTex, we've gone above and beyond to ensure you have all the answers to beginner pressure washer questions.
Beginning your job with a pressure washer inspection checklist will ensure that your day and performance go smoothly. It will also ensure the job can be done safely. For this reason, we've developed a 6-step inspection checklist for pressure washer maintenance where you check all of the following before getting to work:
- Water, Fuel, and Oil Levels — check oil levels with a dipstick, looking for milkiness or dark discoloration. Examine your water reservoir to ensure it is clean and has adequate water levels. Finally, fill up your fuel reservoir.
- High-Pressure Hose and Nozzle — check for cuts, breakages, or weak lines.
- Drive Belt — turn off your machine to look for wear and tear on the drive belt.
- Scale Deposits — disassemble the coil system in your pressure washer and descale using white vinegar or any available descaling product.
- Power Cord — look for defections like cuts and exposed wire on your power cord to prevent electrocutions.
- Surrounding Area — you should never use your pressure washer on untested grounds.
- Fluid Leaks — check your inlet, pump, piston seal, and thermal release valve for any leaks or cracks.
- Condition of System Pressure — make sure it comes within 5-10% of the normal pressure gauge.
- Chemical/ Detergent Delivery — look for defects in the valve or the downstream injection system to ensure there are no problems with delivery.
- Trigger Gun — examine your trigger gun for signs of damage to your inlet, outlet, nozzle, or valve.
- Burner Operation — check and drain your burner fuel liner every day.
- Heat Exchanger for Sooting — disassemble the coils in your heat exchanger and remove the soot to avoid overheating during an operation.
- Chemical Inventory — rinse your detergent/chemical compartment under running water for two minutes when you're done.
- Verify Cool Down Phase — make sure your pressure washer has the chance to cool down before it goes into storage or going onto the next job (typically 10 to 20 minutes).
- Remove all the parts and accessories to clean them.
- Clear the pressure washer of water and run vinegar through it.
- Have your pressure washer regularly maintained by a professional to keep it safe from calcium buildup in the long term.
- Leaking — leaking is one of the most common repair issues you can run into. If you notice that your pressure washer is leaking, this could mean that you need to repair the seal because it's worn out. Since there are several seals that keep liquids contained, it's important that you find and fix the problem immediately before it becomes particularly dangerous (for instance, if oil is leaking).
- Low Pressure — low pressure can result from several factors: your pressure gauge is damaged, your nozzle needs to be changed (size determines the level of pressure), or leaks may be causing the loss in pressure.
- Pressure Washer Won't Start — if you're using an electric pressure washer, there's a good chance that you are running too many things at once. On the other hand, if you're using a gas one, the problem could be that you need more gas or oil to keep the job going.
- Starting Then Stopping — if you notice that your pressure washer keeps starting and stopping, check to see if your fuel cap vent is clogged (air may be getting trapped) or the carburetor is clogged (happens when the furl was left in the washer for too long).
- Choppy Operating/Making Loud Noises — this problem can be caused by not having enough oil in the engine or oil in the pump if you have a blocked water intake. If those are not the cause, a service professional can help you identify the problem more closely.
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