Until you realize that a pressure washer is designed to clean most areas around your property using on-point precision, the idea of owning one may seem daunting. The device can remove everything from ground-in dirt and debris, even graffiti left on your building’s siding or fencing, but a pressure washer won’t work properly if its components are broken or poorly maintained.
If you own a pressure washer for your Columbus, GA business, it’s good to be able to identify issues before they get worse. Fortunately, the technicians at our pressure washer service and rental shop have the knowledge to troubleshoot your issues quickly. Here’s how to diagnose some of the most common pressure washer problems:
- Low pressure: The top reason for low pressure in a pressure washer is an incorrect or worn-out nozzle. Change out broken or worn out nozzles right away, then give it another try. Next, check that water is getting to the equipment—note that a hose going up a hill will delay the water pressure from reaching its destination in a timely manner. If the nozzle looks fine, the RPM on the engine may not be set properly. To remedy this problem, set the motor to “run” and take the choke off.
- Leaking: Another common issue found in pressure washers is leaking caused by worn-out seals—and these devices have many seals. It only takes one failed seal to create a leak, be it a water leak or oil leak. Leaks can also be caused by worn, broken or scored plungers. Weather such as extreme temperatures and high humidity can also play a role in leaking pressure washers. Check all your seals at least twice a year and replace worn-looking ones.
- Running rough: The number one reason why a pressure washer starts running rough is due to the inlet water being too hot. Make sure to use cold water with your machine to get the best results. The second most common cause of this type of problem is not having enough air entering the inlet plumbing, as you need both air and water to create pressure. If the device looks fine and hot water is not the issue, there might be mechanical damage within the crankcase. You’ll need to take your device to a repair shop to have it checked out.
- Pulsating: Your pressure washer shouldn’t be sputtering water out the nozzle. A pulsating issue is most always caused by dirty inlet or discharge valves. This is avoidable as long as you clean out these components after every five to six uses.
- Won’t start: A pressure washer that won’t start could simply need to be refueled or have the oil changed or topped off. It’s also possible you didn’t pump the fuel primer for the engine enough times. For electric devices that won’t start, be sure the power supply it’s attached to is working.
Here at Valley Hotsy, we do more than sell pressure washers. We also offer repair services to ensure every pressure washer in Columbus, GA runs efficiently. Call us today for more information!