Keeping your pressure washer in good working condition will save you money in the long run and it will serve you for many years. With proper maintenance, you avoid damages to your pressure washer. If neglected, pressure washers tend to be less efficient and less effective over time, not only costing you more time and more money in electric and water bills, but also compromise the safety of the user as well as the people around it.
Because all types of machineries are bound to fail because of wear and tear, your pressure washer should be well maintained. Here are some of the preventive, money-saving maintenance tips that you should do for your pressure washer.
First, you need to maintain your pressure washer after using it. Flush the chemical or detergent intake with clear running water and clear out detergent and other chemical residues will prevent corrosion in the pump, motor as well as in the wand.
After cleaning and clearing, you have to turn off the pressure washer. But be sure to keep the nozzle in the open position to reduce pressure in the hose. Although the hose is designed to withstand high pressure, subjecting it to high pressure for prolonged periods will eventually break it.
Then purge excess water from the pump. For gas models, you need to pull the start rope 4 to 5 times. For electric models, you need to flip the switch on and off for a few seconds.
After purging all the excess water from the pump, the next step is to disconnect and drain all the hoses. This will help the inside of the pressure hose to dry more quickly, which will prolong its life.
After that, let the engine or motor of the pressure water cool down. Then, after it is already cool, you can now store it. Keep in mind that the proper way to store a pressure washer is to store it in a cool and dry place. It should be protected from the harshness of the weather.
From time to time, you may also want to take the pressure washer to a nearby service center. The professionals here will be able to look closer in to the pressure washer and see if there are anything that needs to be replaced, such as gaskets and other components.
Doing these maintenance procedures will help keep your pressure washer in good and working condition and that you will be able to prolong its operating life and eventually save a lot of money on parts and repairs.