Pressure washers are among the commonly owned cleaning machines. You can use them to clean anywhere you wish as there are designs for both vertical and flat surfaces. They have nozzles to help regulate water spray pressure on hard and delicate areas. Using them constantly, for example, in truck cleaning, results in wear and tear over time. Maintenance is a necessary process that shouldn’t be ignored. Failure to administer it means you’re open to unit damage which shortens its lifespan. In this extract, we discuss the pressure washer maintenance ways.
How to maintain your pressure washer
As mentioned above, this process is important. It’s not a one-day affair but something you should do regularly to keep the unit in good condition. It shouldn’t be a complicated procedure but something simple you can adhere to. It helps keep the washer functional with minimum effort. These ways include;
1. Regular replacement of the pressure washer O-rings
O- rings are installed to make areas with seal watertight. Such areas include the hose connecting port, spray gun connection area, and the water inlet port. The failure of most pressure washers is a result of this. The units generate intense pressure, which tends to strain their components. The O-rings get affected, and they chip and flatten, causing stalling of the machine. At this point, the washer begins to leak and progresses real quick if not checked. The leaking areas affect the water pressure; thus, the nozzle cannot spray water with the right force. Regular checking of the unit and changing the O-rings help prevent leaks.
2. Flush out the pressure washer after use
These units are made up of multiple systems that receive water from an outside source. While in the washer, the pump ups the water pressure enabling it to move out on the other end as a spray. The pump and the motor are the most vulnerable in this situation due to the water itself and the high pressure levels. Sometimes the water coming in may harbor impurities that get trapped within the system.
Also, constantly exposing the pump to water causes mild or extreme corrosion. Water remains within the pump even after cleaning and switching off the machine. This water causes rust, and after a long period, the pump stops functioning. Connect a can of pump antifreeze to the inlet port to start flushing. Hold the trigger and wait until white foam comes out of the hose. The foam is an indication that all the water is out, and the pump is coated with the antifreeze.
3. Add a stabilizer to the fuel
This focuses on the gas-powered units which use gasoline. Stabilization is vital if you don’t use the pressure washer regularly. If after using the machine you plan on using it three months later, pour a stabilizer into the gas tank to prevent the gas from breaking down. Failing to do this makes it form a gummy texture, and the machine overheats.
Caring for your pressure washer is the first step to extending its lifespan. Other than the three tips above, others like proper cleaning and storage are crucial. When buying the equipment, inquire about the maintenance guidelines or read them on the documents given, if any. Inspect the washer regularly for any faults or have a professional do it. Doing this prevents unnecessary problems that ruin the machine.