To get the most life out of your pressure washer, it’s essential that you take care of it. Luckily, pressure washer maintenance isn’t too difficult if you follow some basic guidelines. Of course, for the more complicated breakdowns and repairs, you’ll want to consult with a professional. Check out our tips below for how to keep your pressure washer in peak condition!
What you put into your pressure washer is just as important as how you use it. If you don’t use the proper detergent, you may end up damaging your washing equipment, so be mindful of always using detergent specifically designed for pressure washers. Pressure washer detergents are typically available at any place that sells or rents washers. These formulas are made to handle the machine’s high pressure functionality. They are simply more efficient and effective because they are created for this purpose. You wouldn’t wash your car with shampoo, so why wash your driveway with dish detergent?
Keep It Clean!
This should be an obvious one, but it’s important nonetheless. For the best results in increasing your pressure washer’s lifespan, clean its pump after every use. When dirt and debris are allowed to build up inside the pump, it can cause a dangerous amount of pressure or clog it completely. Make sure to keep the oil fresh and flush out the pump regularly to prevent any significant buildup. To run out excess detergent, simply run clean water through the machine for 2 to 3 minutes.
If you’re noticing more buildup in your pressure washer hose, it could be due to its age. Over time and through frequent use, the O-ring and screens that block dirt and prevent clogs can become worn or damaged. If it seems like they aren’t very effective anymore, you may need to replace or repair these pressure washer parts.
Spark Plug Maintenance
Noticing that your pressure washer is having problems starting up? The spark plug might be to blame. Spark plugs typically need to be changed every season or after 100 hours of use (whichever comes first) to ensure reliable starting and an efficient fuel economy. However, sometimes it’s just a matter of making sure the area around the plug is clean. Make sure that no dust or dirt has fallen into the combustion chamber, and if the spark plug is clogged, cleaning it with a wire brush will usually do the trick.
But if your pressure washer’s spark plug has cracks or burns in it, it’s best to replace it as this can create a safety hazard. Your operator’s manual should have recommendations for adjustments, and you can always call a professional for repairs or parts replacement!
Don’t forget to give your pressure washer an appropriate place to rest when it’s not in use. Your washer should be kept in a dry, well-ventilated area where there is no chance of it catching fire. You also want to make sure it isn’t kept somewhere where it may freeze (if this is a concern for you, read our tips on preparing a pressure washer for winter and what to do if it freezes up!). For additional protection, you can purchase a cover to keep dust and debris from collecting in or around it. It’s also a good idea to drain the water out of the washer if you’re putting it away for long term storage to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria.
Still have questions or need help with a pressure washer repair? We’re here to help! Call Cape Cod Cleaning Systems today for assistance!