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Burner Troubleshooting

Possible causes for burner failures: 1. Power to the burner blower motor (fuse, burner switch, wiring or motor overload) 2. No fuel (clogged filter, clogged line, or simply out of fuel) **this might be easy to overlook** 3. Flow switch is not functioning 4. Solenoid or coil that activates solenoid 5. Fuel pump or coupler […]

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Using a Pump to Supply A Pressure Washer

For mobile cleaning applications, pressure washers may be directly fed from a tank without using a pump to push the water from the vessel to the machine.  However, direct drive pressure washers must be kept close to the tank and will be less likely to cavitate if the machine is below the tank level.  Belt […]

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Start Up Procedures for Small Engines

All engines need three things to run: air, fuel, and spark. Compression (compressed volume of air inside cylinder) Fuel (gasoline, diesel, or other flammable liquid or gas) Spark (from spark plug or in the case of diesel, heat from rapid compression) That said; if missing any or all of those three things, the engine will […]

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Tips for Storing A Pressure Washer More Than 30 Days

If a pressure washer is subjected to freezing temperatures or is to be stored or left unused for ANY period longer than thirty days the unit must be stored properly. This is called “winterizing”. The term is somewhat confusing because your storage period may or may not happen in cold temperatures or even during winter. […]

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Understand the Impact of Different Nozzles

To understand how to better use your pressure washer you have to understand how different types of nozzles work and how varying the angle of the spray pattern changes the impact of the nozzle.  In this example, a 13HP pressure washer putting out 4.2 GPM and 3,500 PSI will generate 13.07 foot pounds of impact using […]

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Dirt In You Inlet Filter Can Ruin Your Day

Recently a customer purchased a pressure washer from us.  Within days they called complaining that the pressure washer did not work properly; they were not getting pressure.  The implication was that this was a warranty issue.  We asked them to bring the pressure washer in so we could look at it. The mechanic checked the […]

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Pressure Washer Do’s and Don’ts – Proper Care of Your Machine for Long Lasting Service

The two most important issues concerning breakdowns are cavitation and overheating due to excessive time in by-pass.  Cavitation is caused when there is not enough water supplied to the pump.  For example: if your machine is rated to pump 3.0 gallons per minute (GPM) you must have a supply of 3.0 GPM or more at […]

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Cavitation

Cavitation is a result of lack of water, air getting into the inlet side of the pump, or using too hot water.  This video does a good job of showing how cavitation affects a pump and the damage it can cause.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DZ8JFSXloU

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Clearing Ice for Money with a Hot Water Pressure Washer

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about damage that ice and snow can inflict on people’s houses had an interesting tidbit about using a hot water pressure washer to melt away ice and snow.  See the following link for the full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703445904576118014271457064.html I quote the relevant part of the article: Phillip Grave […]

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Why I Should Not Let My Pressure Washer Idle?

When using a pressure washer, that is when the trigger is pulled and the pressure washer is spraying water, fresh water is constantly flowing through the pump.  This inlet water is cool: typically 60 degrees.  This keeps the pump cool.  When you stop spraying, but the engine is still running, the water is re-circulated within […]

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