Winterizing Pressure Washers
A pressure washer can be a useful tool to have inside of your home, being able to clean all aspects of your exterior home and outdoor space, in addition to keeping your vehicles and driveways sparkling. The high pressured water quickly eliminates any dirt, grime, and debris to reveal a brighter, cleaner surface you can be proud of. Many pressure washers enable you to add your choice of detergent to the system, enabling you to spray soapy water to target tough stains or to leave a waxed finish across your gleaming vehicle.
However, to get the most out of your pressure washer and to ensure that your warranty remains valid, you must maintain the tool and winterize your pressure washer specifically according to the model type and requirements. Failing to winterize your pressure washer is a mistake that many pressure washer owners make, which can lead to your product warranty being invalid and result in attaining poor quality and usage from your purchase.
Here at Best of Machinery, we are going to tell you exactly how to winterize your pressure washer, enabling you to fully maintain and look after your product.
Each season can bring extremities of temperatures, depending upon which state you live in, with some winters reaching particularly cold climates. Winterizing your pressure washer effectively prepares your pressure washer for storage and for use with cold temperatures, ensuring that the internal seals are protected and lubricated when unused. Of course, the way in which you winterize your pressure washer will depend upon the type of product you have.
Winterizing a Gas Pressure Washer
If you own a gas pressure washer, and you are considering not using the tool for the subsequent 30 days, it is important to winterize your product. First, you need to add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, while running the engine for two full minutes. This process will enable the stabilizer to circulate throughout the entire system.
Next, remove any water and cleaning solution already present within the pressure washer system. Leaving any water or cleaning solution inside of the system may result in a build-up of ice freezing inside of the pressure washer and causing considerable damage. In order to complete this task, connect the pressure washer to a garden hose and put the detergent feed tube into a bucket of clean tap water instead of the detergent tank.
Turning the pressure washer on and pulling the trigger with a low-pressure nozzle in place will allow the detergent to be flushed out of the system. Do this for a few minutes to ensure that all detergent is eliminated from the pressure washer system. Next, turn off the hose and remove the hose from the pump inlet, pulling the trigger in order to banish water out of the system.
The final step involves adding anti-freeze to the ‘pump saver’ inlet, ensuring that the pressure washer is protected even when the temperature drops below freezing.
Winterizing an Electric Washer
If you own an electric pressure washer, there is a slightly different way in which you need to winterize your model as there is no gasoline engine to deal with first. The first step is to acquire a bucket of tap water and placing the detergent suction hose inside of it. Attach the pressure washer to the garden hose and then turn on the tap, turning on the pressure washer and pulling the trigger for at least two minutes.
This allows the detergent solution to be obliterated from the system. The next step is to disconnect the garden hose as you swiftly pull the gun once more in order to empty the water from the system.
Finally, ensure that you store the pressure washer indoors in a warmer area in order to prevent freezing; freezing may result in internal seal damage. You could additionally add ‘pump saver’ anti-freeze to the pump inlet in order to provide a degree of protection to the inner seals.
Storing Your Pressure Washer
After following our tips for winterizing your pressure washer, you should ensure that you store your pressure washer in an effective manner. First, store your pressure washer in a dry spot which tends to be warm. This could be in your basement, your loft, or your garage, as long as the area remains relatively warm and dry. An expert tip from us at Best of Machinery is to invest in purchasing a storage cover, enabling your pressure washer to be free of dust as well as rust.
Furthermore, a storage cover may help to conserve heat and keep your pressure washer warm and prepared for the winter season. Storage covers for your pressure washer can be purchased for as little as $20 and can help you to completely winterize your pressure washer, helping you to gain longevity and value from your purchase.