Learn How to Deal with 5 of the Most Common Pressure Washer Problems
In some cases, an issue with a pressure washer has a quick fix that you can complete on your own. In other instances, you may need to buy a new high-quality pressure washer. Read on to learn about five common issues and solutions that could help you fix them. In the event you need a new pressure washer, Geyser Equipment can help you – just call us at 951-509-9269.
- Problems with Your Pressure Washer Pump There are two main reasons that pressure washer pumps breakdown First, pump cavitation happens when there is a lack of water going to the pump – usually because the supply to the pressure washer is lower in gallons per minute than the rating on the pump. Second, overheating due to excessive time in the by-pass. Both of these issues can be solved by investing in a better pressure washer that can handle the level of work you do.
- There’s a Low Pressure Problem Something like 90% of the time, issues with low pressure are caused by dirt within the pump. When dirt gets in there, it blocks the nozzle, hose, lance, or a combination of these. The easiest option is to simply replace the nozzle. The hardest part of the replacement process is determining what size you need.
- Your Pressure Washer is Running Rough If you have a pressure washer that is running rough, it may be that your inlet water is too hot. Use cold water for the best results – even if you have a hot water pressure washer. If you do not have the hot water on – or even a hot water option at your hose – it may still be an issue with hot water. How? Because the sun can heat water that’s been trapped in the hose. Check your discharge valves, replace if needed, and your issue should be resolved.
- Your Pressure Washer is Leaking There are a number of seals on the average pressure washer. They are installed throughout the design and if any of them fail, a leak can occur. You may find that it is not just oil leaking either – oil leaks can happen too. This is why we recommend you check your seals every six months and replace any that are showing signs of wear and tear.
- Your Pressure Washer is Pulsating In most cases of pulsating pressure washers there is a dirty discharge valve and/or dirty inlet. Clean these both out every five or six uses – especially when working on wooden materials. Note that even the hardest of wood can splinter with high-pressure water. Even a tiny splinter can clog up your system.
If none of these fix the issue, or if you believe it is time to replace your pressure washer altogether, we encourage your call to Geyser Equipment at 951-509-9269.