HOT PRESSURE WASHER RESOURCE GUIDE
10 Steps to Maintain Your Used Hot Water Power Washer
As with all equipment, preventive maintenance of your used hot water pressure washer will keep your machine working at its optimal level and minimize issues that may arise.
- The pump oil should be changed after the first 25 hours of operation on a new machine. After the initial oil change, pump oil should be changed every 250 hours or every 3 months. Always check the oil level before each use.
- The engine oil should be changed after the first 10 to 15 hours of operation on a new machine. After the initial oil change, the engine oil should be changed every 100 hours or every 3 months. Use oil recommended in the engine manual supplied by the engine manufacturer. Always check the oil level before each operation.
- Check the air filter monthly and look for dust and dirt that may clog the filter. Replace the filter a minimum of every 6 months.
- Be sure to drain the moisture from the heating coil every week by opening the drain valve.
- The fuel tank should only be filled with clean fuel and if condensation or water accumulates in the fuel tank, the tank drain can be opened to remove any water.
- Replace the burner fuel filter every 3 to 6 months.
- The electrode cone assembly consists of the burner fuel nozzle and burner electrodes. The nozzle cannot be cleaned and should be replaced a minimum of once per year. Be sure to replace it with the same sized nozzle.
- The burner electrodes should be checked and gapped yearly and replaced, based on their condition. Look for ceramic cracks, tips that are not pointed and a buildup of soot.
- Heating coil maintenance can be minimized by cooling the unit down properly after each use. Never shut your pressure washer off without first cooling down the boiler.
- You can do this by turning the burner off and squeezing the trigger for approximately 1 minute or until the metal lance feels cool to the touch.
7 Tips to Increase Your Used Hot Water Pressure Washer’s Power
Hot vs. Cold: What’s The Difference?
Temperature matters when it comes to cleaning ability. If your goal is simply to remove dirt and mud from outdoor areas, a cold pressure washer is just the ticket. However, if you need to power through grease and oil and reactive agents, only a hot water pressure washer will do.
Heat reduces water’s surface tension, allowing the pressure washer to penetrate and melt away stubborn grease stains. If you plan on using a cold water pressure washer more than a couple of hours each week, you should consider a hot water washer instead. Hot water can speed up the cleaning process by 50 percent or more, saving time and money.
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Electric vs. Gas Engine: What’s The Difference?
About 60 percent of buyers choose electric motors because of their lower price tag and less frequent maintenance needs. But gas models are portable and come in higher, more powerful PSIs, giving you the freedom to clean most anything anytime.
Electric units are safer, quieter, and much more compact than gas models. Electric pressure washers usually provide about 1000-3000 PSI and are great for washers that are used in one place. Such as in a shop or in a truck wash bay. Or for use at a job site that has available power such as in a commercial kitchen or large commercial building.
Gas engines, on the other hand, offer 2000-6000 PSI and can blast away the toughest grime on boats, fences, siding, sidewalks and other larger objects. Gas is generally the choice for mobile contractors providing the highest level of flexibility and power on the job site.
5 More Tips to Improve Cleaning Power
You can further boost the strength and reach of your hot water pressure washer by using a number of accessories and supplies. Here are some we recommend.
- Rotating brushes and nozzles
- Sand injectors
- Different strength nozzles
- Aluminum wand extensions
- Specialty detergents
8 Steps To Winterizing Your Hot Water Pressure Washer
Now that the winter is here you will want to protect your hot water pressure washer from the elements. Here are 8 simple steps to winterize your washer:
- Disconnect the machine from water supply and connect antifreeze fluid reservoir.
- Fill reservoir with 50/50 antifreeze solution.
- Use your machines flow tank if it has one instead of using a separate reservoir.
- Turn on the machine to start the solution flow.
- Fluid reservoir level may need to be at the pump.
- Press trigger to flow solution through the washer until the solution appears.
- Direct the flow back into the reservoir cycling the trigger a few times.
- Shut off the machine and solution supply
The video link below will take you to a helpful video that demonstrates the process. In the video, they use washer fluid instead of antifreeze. We suggest antifreeze in climates with harsher winters.
Check out this helpful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz7nDDaqZ2Q