Is your pressure washer acting up? With any type of power tool, issues can arise. We’ll walk you through a bunch of common issues and show you the best way to troubleshoot the problem.
Whether this is for gas pressure washers, electric pressure washers, water pressure issues, leaking issues, or something else — we have a ton of fixes you could try to solve a variety of problems.
By the end, your pressure washer should be back in perfect working order!
- Troubleshoot common pressure washer issues, including gas and electric pressure washers, water pressure, and leaking problems.
- Fix water leaking from the hose connection by checking the connection and replacing a broken rubber washer if needed.
- Address gas and electric pressure washer issues, like the engine not starting or stopping while in use, by checking gas levels, oil levels, and electrical connections.
- Solve water pressure problems, like low or pulsating pressure, by inspecting and cleaning components such as inlet valves, manifolds, and nozzles.
Gas Pressure Washer Issues
First, let’s look at some of the common problems users encounter when using a gas pressure washer.
Electric Pressure Washer Issues
Let’s look at some of the issues that electric pressure washers bring and how to fix them.
Water Leaking Issues
There’s nothing more annoying than your pressure washer leaking. But there are some easy fixes that will save you from fully replacing your pressure washer.
Other Pressure Washer Issues
While those are the main categories, there is still a range of other issues you might face. But we’re here to put a fix to all of them so you can enjoy pressure washing with no issues.
Tips for Maintaining Your Pressure Washer
While being aware of these issues and fixes is all well and good, you can avoid these problems when you maintain your pressure washer well. Here are top tips for pressure washer care.
- Check for clogs often: Clogs can appear in various different tubes, nozzles, tanks, and hoses. You should check often so that you can remove them before extreme damage is caused.
- Examine your pressure washer for damage: Frequently assess your pressure washer for damage. You may find cuts, leaks, bulges, or other damage. Repair or replace anything that is broken.
- Rinse out detergent: After using detergent, remove the tube from the detergent supply and set the spray to the lowest pressure. Run water through the system for a couple of minutes to clear out detergent residue.
- Relieve the machine’s pressure: After use, turn off the pressure washer and the water supply. For electric machines, unplug it from the outlet. Run the pressure washer until the water stops flowing to let out any remaining pressure.
- Clear out remaining water: For gas machines, pull the recoil handle six times to let out the remaining water. For electric machines, turn the unit on until the water leaves the pump. Then turn the machine off right away.
- Winterize your pressure washer: If you’re not going to be using the machine for a few weeks at a time during the winter, make sure you winterize it. This will maintain the machine through the cold months.
- Replace o-rings: O-rings need to be replaced when you notice signs of wear and tear, especially in high-pressure hoses and spray-gun connections.
- Keep the pressure washer clean: Make sure your pressure washer is clean. This includes cleaning the exterior but it also involves making sure there is no debris in the vents, tanks, or hoses.
With this guide to pressure washer troubleshooting, you now know the fix to pretty much every problem that could go wrong. Whether that’s to do with gas pressure washers, electric models, water pressure, leaking, or something else, we have tons of fixes to try.
When in doubt, contact the manufacturer or a professional. In many cases, you’ll find that your warranty covers damage, meaning you don’t have to fork out cash to fix big problems.