Is Your Pressure Washer Functioning The Way It Should?

Posted on: 25 June 2015

If your pressure washer is either no longer releasing water or is not releasing the amount of water it usually does, it is time for you to learn about the different pressure washer parts. Fortunately, the problem could be easily solved once you know how to examine and troubleshoot the different pressure washer parts. 

Which Pressure Washer Do You Have--And Do You Need A Bigger One?

It is important to note that there are different types of pressure washers available today. For instance, if you are using a pressure washer to wash your car or to spray down children's toys outside, a residential pressure washer will typically be a good choice. It provides the lowest amount of water.

If you plan to pressure wash a deck, patio or fencing, you will need a bit more power, so choose a gas engine that sprays about 2 or 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If you need to remove paint from something, you will usually find that a professional duty unit meets your needs. The professional unit will release at least 2.8 and no more than 4 gallons of water per minute.

How Do You Troubleshoot The Different Pressure Washer Parts?

The first and most basic step for finding a problem with the parts of your pressure washer should be the power switch. If it shows visible damage, the unit may not be getting the energy it needs to work. If that is not the problem, make sure that the pressure washer is getting the necessary gas or electricity it needs to work by checking the electric plug or gas connection. Assuming those are functioning properly, look to the components of the washer. 

The water supply hose should also be examined and you should check the following aspects:

  • Physical integrity of the hose, including holes and loose connections 
  • Clogs in the connections of the hose to the water source and the pressure washer
  • Debris that is stuck inside the hose                                

Ironically, if you find that the problem is holes or clogs within the hose, you may be able to dislodge them by using a different hose on one end to apply pressure. Finally, check the filter and the inlet wand that connects to it. Clean them both after referring to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

In conclusion, a pressure washer is an essential appliance for many homes and when it doesn't work properly, it becomes very frustrating. If you still don't see an improvement in the pressure provided by the pressure washer and you are sure that you are using the most appropriate unit for your needs, it is time to speak with a professional. To speak to a professional, contact a company such as Environmental Cleaning Systems.