Owning a pressure washer is a wonderful experience. Especially if you are a clean freak, it will help you in getting things done at a much faster rate. But owning a pressure washer is not all fun and games, they need a lot of maintenance and the most important part is that you should know every little detail about each part and its functionalities. So, that you are able to use it in the long run without worrying about anything. The most important thing to learn is how to store it in any place, once you are done using it. Especially those who own pressure washers for cleaning around the house. These pressure washers are not used on a regular basis, which is why storing and keeping them in the right way is very important.
Here is everything you need to do.
What does Winterizing a Pressure Washer Means?
To our surprise, most people are not well aware of the fact that you are supposed to winterize the pressure washer. For what I have observed most of them just place their pressure washers in their stores once they are done using it and never take them out until they have to use them again. For those who don’t know, if you are living in low temperatures areas, you are supposed to winterize your pressure washer. Especially when winter season strikes in full swing, you will not be able to use your pressure washer for weeks. So, it is always better to winterize your pressure washer. This will increase the durability of your unit and you will be able to use it whenever you want.
If you are already groaning about the fact that it is some added responsibility. There is no need to worry, it will just take a few moments and you will be able to winterize it in no time.
Why is Winterizing Your Pressure Washer Important?
I have heard so many people ask this question, why should they even bother winterizing the pressure washer? First and the most important thing which every pressure washer owner should keep in mind is that they are supposed to keep it in a clean and dry place. When the temperature is higher, places like garages and sheds will work for you perfectly. But once the temperatures start getting lower, these places will not be able to provide enough protection. Especially, when the temperature is freezing, you need to take extra care of your pressure washer. Even if you store your pressure washer where the temperature doesn’t get too low, it might be able to work properly after a while. Like most of the other machinery, if pressure washers are not used for a long period of time, they will be damaged.
When pressure washers are stored for a long period of time with freezing temperatures, they start to dry rot. After a while, you will find cracks in the pump system. If there is any fuel left in the unit, it will start going stale after almost 30 days. Not many people know this, but leaving fuel inside the tank can rot away the whole unit. There is ethanol present in the fuel which can lead to deterioration, which might cause rust, corrosion. other than that, it can simply clog up the fuel lines, which is the last thing you want to do with your unit. Also, make sure that there is no water left in the tank or hose pipe. In freezing temperatures, it might expand and freeze and as a result it might burst water hoses and pipes.
Even if you are living in high-temperature areas, it is important that you thoroughly clean the whole unit before storing it. If there is any water or humidity is present, it might lead to mold or mildew build up.
How to Winterize a Gas Pressure Washer
It is a common misconception that maintaining a gas pressure washer is hard. Well, when it comes to winterizing a gas pressure washer, it can be done in a few steps.
- Firstly, you will have to get your hand on fuel stabilizer and antifreeze. These are the key and only purchases you have to do in order to winterize your gas pressure washer. You can get them from any brand, but it is recommended to get the ones suggested by your owner’s manual. Now just add the fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank and let it run for at least two minutes. It will circulate the fuel throughout the whole system.
- Now, let’s clean the detergent tank. You will have to fill a clean bucket with water and connect the hose pipe like you always do. Put the detergent feed hose in the water bucket and turn on the pressure washer. Let it run for some time at low pressure in order to clean the whole detergent tank. When you feel like the detergent tank is fully clean, turn off the pump, remove the garden hose and then again press the spray gun for removing any water which is left in the system.
- Now the pressure washer is all clean, it’s time to remove water from every accessory as well. Remove water from every hose, gun, and extension. Lastly, you will have to add the pump saver in the pump and store it in a cool and dry place. If you are having difficulty in adding the pump saver, just follow the instructions given on the manual.
- Do not forget to cover the unit as well. Taking care of the exterior is as important as the interior.
How to Winterize an Electric Pressure Washer
Follow the steps given to winterize your electric pressure washer.
- Firstly, you need to clear out the whole unit. Add water to the detergent tank, if there is no tank available, just dip the siphon hose in water. It is recommended to use hot water as per it provides fast and better cleaning.
- Now, attach the garden hose to the unit and turn on the pressure washer. Keep it running at low pressure, until you feel like all the residue is cleaned properly. Detach the water hose and keep the unit running, until all the water is cleaned.
- Drain the pressure washer hose, nozzles, spray gun, and any other accessories.
- Now add pump saver antifreeze to the pump system and save it in a cool and dry place.