Properly storing your pressure washer will keep it running for
many years. These simple steps will reduce expensive maintenance
costs, and lengthen the life of the washer.
Winterizing / Storage
your pressure washer during the winter, follow these steps:
- Add a Fuel Stabilizer to your fuel
tank. A fuel stabilizer prevents your stored gas from
eroding, which makes it unusable and difficult to remove.
- Do not leave any liquid in the pump. If a liquid
freezes in the pump, it will expand and can cause cracks
and damage to the pump, causing costly repairs. Flush
your pump with an antifreeze liquid prior to long term
storage to prevent any serious damage.
- Ensure that your hoses are not being stored below
freezing. Make sure that the hoses are free from water
as well. If water freezes in the hose, it will expand,
which can cause splits and damage to the hose, making it
unusable and causing a potential safety risk
- Store your washer in a dry place. Because many of the
parts on a pressure washer may be steel, it is important
to prevent any water from long term storage in the unit.
This will vary depending on how well your
pressure washer was put away at the end of last season. If
you cleaned it, used a pump preserver and stored it nicely,
spring cleaning should be a breeze. If you just hosed it off
and put it in the garage you will probably have some work to
do. If you didn't clean it at all and just threw it in the
shed you may be buying some parts or a new pump if it was
exposed to freezing. If that is the case you should probably
take it to a local authorized repair center such as Portland
Compressor for thorough cleaning and likely repair.
|It was put away nicely
|All you should have to do is
clean-out the pump preserver! Do this just prior to
first use of the season as you don't want to leave
your pump vulnerable.
It was put away Badly
|Check your washer throughout to
ensure that the machine is not rusted, does not have
cracks, and that there is no debris in the gas tank.
If there are any imperfections, bring
the washer into your local service center. Although
there might be a cost for the service, it is minimal
compared to what it might cost for a new pump or
engine for your washer if you have a faulty start-up