5 PRESSURE WASHER TIPS, TRICKS, AND TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Living in uncertain times causes many to find more economical ways to deal with run down or broken equipment. First, a consumer will usually try to just deal with inconvenience or jerry-rig the problem. This can either be frustrating, time-consuming, or sometimes dangerous. Then if that doesn’t work they will replace the faulty part of the item with a new part. Typically this is the cheaper way to go instead of buying brand new equipment as a whole. Below, The ROP Shop, has 5 How-to Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the trade to get your pressure washer back in shape without spending an arm and a leg.
Numerous seals can be found within the body of the pressure washer, and if they malfunction it can cause leakage. Water is not the only fluids that could begin to leak either. It is not uncommon to have an oil leak as well. Purchasing and using a pumpsaver can help deter some of the seal leaks. Consumers tend to use pumpsaver only when storing their pressure washer for the winter, but you should be using pumpsaver anytime you know you will not be using your power washer for an extended period of time. Cold is just one of many elements that affect the inner workings of a unit. It is also important to examine your seals regularly for cracks or other forms of wear. Catching the faulty seal before the problem occurs, could save you hours of frustration or a more costly repair.
This problem is almost always triggered by a filthy inlet or discharge valve. Make sure you Regular cleaning of your inlet or discharge valve will help prevent soil buildup, especially when pressure washing anything like wood. The particles and wood slivers can then reduce or block the flow. Another area to check, if you are having inconsistent flow or pulsations, is examining your plunger for blockage.
3. Running Rugged…and not in the ROP Shop way
If your pressure washer is running rough you can start by replacing your discharge valves. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you will want to look at your water source. Even if you do not have a hot water spigot hooked up to your unit, you can still have heat issues. You always want to use cold water in your pressure washer. Inlet water that becomes too hot can cause a pressure washer to run rough. This typically occurs when the sun warms up the water within the hose.
4. Low Water Pressure
When troubleshooting a low-pressure issue, start with the easy stuff. Examine the lance, hose, and nozzle for buildup that would cause a lower flow rate. They may also simply have deteriorated to the point of needing to be replaced. Adjusting or replacing the unloader valve could also solve your problem, and would not require replacing the entire pump assembly.
5. Overheating and Cavitation
The two most critical problems surrounding the failure of the pressure washer pump are cavitation and overheating.
- Pump cavitation is triggered when the pump fails to get adequate water. This is why the GPM (gallons per minute) going into the pump must be greater than the pump itself is rated for.
- Overheating: The pump overheats due to using hot water or prolonged time in the by-pass creating friction.
Caring for your pressure power washer from day one will help it to provide you with the longevity that you are looking for. Regular maintenance and replacing inexpensive parts is far more logical and financially sound than spending finances on a new unit every few years. Be sure to check out The ROP Shop’s selection of replacement parts and accessories. Contact any one of our Customer Service Representatives and they will be happy to help you find the right part at a great price.
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