Under Pressure: How to Maintain Your High-Pressure Washer

A high-pressure washer is a fantastic way of quickly cleaning your home, your car, or decking and patio areas. If you are using a gas powered high-pressure washer, it is important that you keep it well maintained. If you do not, you may notice a drop in the water pressure, which will make the washer less efficient when cleaning surfaces. Below is a guide to a few simple maintenance tasks you should carry out on your high power washer.

Check the Oil Levels

The engine in your high-pressure washer needs oil to keep it cool and well lubricated. Because you may only use your high-pressure washer on an occasional basis, you should get into the habit of checking the oil levels every time you use it. To check the oil levels, simply remove the dipstick from the oil tank and clean the stick with a cloth. Re-insert the dipstick and withdraw it. Check that the oil level is not below the minimum level indicated on the dipstick. If you notice the oil is getting low, you should top it up.

Clean the Screen Filters

Your pressure washer has a screen filter which is designed to keep leaves, insects and other debris out of the machine. Over time, this filter can become covered in dirt and debris. You should periodically remove and check the state of the screen filter. If it is dirty, you should wash it in warm soapy water to remove any debris. If you do not keep the screen filter clean, the engine may not receive sufficient airflow and may begin to overheat. If you notice that the screen filter is torn, bent or damaged in any way, you should replace it with a new filter. Replacement screen filters can be purchased from your local hardware store.

Check the hose rings

Because a pressure washer operates under extremely high pressures, the hose rings on the machine can begin to work themselves loose. Every time you plan to use your pressure washer, you should check the hose rings are secure before turning on the machine. If you notice that the hose rings are worn, you should replace them. A faulty hose ring will not support the pressure of the water as it flows through the hose, placing additional stress on the engine.

If you would like further information about how best to maintain a high-pressure washer, contact a professional pressure washer company, such as Jetwave Industrial Equipment.