Guide To Troubleshooting Problems With Your Pressure Washer's Water Stream
While using your pressure washer around the house, you may have noticed that it is not operating properly. You may not have a steady, even stream of water coming out, or you may not have any water coming out whatsoever. If so, use the following guide to try to find the source of the problem, as well as possible simple solutions
The Washer's Nozzle Doesn't Have A Complete Stream
If you only have a partial stream coming out of your pressure washer's nozzle, you could have a blockage either inside the nozzle or inside its holes. This blockage could be caused by something physical, such as a small stone or clod of dirt, or a build-up of limescale.
To find out if the nozzle is clogged, turn off your pressure washer, and remove it from the hose. Use a tiny flashlight, if needed, to look inside of it. If you see a physical blockage, remove it.
Also, look for a white, scaly film on the inside or outside of the nozzle. If so, you may have limescale blocking the holes. Test for this by submerging the nozzle in water and then pulling it out. If the water does not run through all of the holes, the limescale has possible built up inside of them.
To remove the limescale, you will need a half of a fresh lemon and a cup of white distilled vinegar. The acid in the lemon helps break down the tough outer layer of the scale, while the vinegar further breaks up the film so you can easily remove it.
Slightly squeeze the lemon to release some of its juices. Then rub the outside of the nozzle, squeezing the lemon again on top of the holes so that it fills them. Then, hold the lemon at the top opening of the nozzle, and squeeze the remaining juice inside. Lay the nozzle aside for about a half an hour.
Once the time has past, fill a small container with the vinegar. Submerge the nozzle and let it soak for an hour. Then rinse it with clean, warm water. Replace the nozzle, and turn on your pressure washer. The pressure should blow out any remaining softened limescale.
No Water Is Coming Out Through The Hose
While using your pressure washer, you may discover that no water is coming out at all. The two possible reasons this could happen is the hose itself has become blocked or the motor has gone bad.
To check to see if the hose is blocked, turn off power, and remove it from the machine. Then, remove the nozzle, and place the hose in a gallon bucket full of water. Leave the hose in the bucket until air bubbles no longer appear. Then, pull the hose out, and hold it by one end, letting the other end hang over the bucket.
If the water does not completely drain, you have a blockage in the hose. To remove the blockage, use a manual plumber's snake by pulling out enough to match the length of the hose. Then, thread the snake through the hole. When you meet resistance, carefully push and pull slightly to snag the clog. Remove the snake, and check for any debris. Repeat the process until you do.
Once you see dirt or debris, repeat the process one more time to loosen the clog. Then, repeat the water bucket test to see if you have removed the blockage. If so, replace the hose, turn on the machine, and see if water comes out. If not, the problem could be with the motor that will need to be looked at and repaired by a professional.
After going through the above guide, you may still have trouble with your pressure washer or have a problem not listed. If so, you may want to contact the business where you purchased your pressure washer or visit their websites, like http://www.benscleaner.com, to see if they have any suggestions about how to easily solve your problem.