Proper Maintenance and Storage of Pressure Washers | Tips & Tricks

Anybody who owns a pressure washer knows it comes with quite a few attachments and takes quite a space, no matter if you have an electric or gas one. But who has the time and patience to properly store everything after every use?

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Well, you should put at least some effort into the task, because improper maintenance and wrong storage might compromise the lifespan of your pressure washer drastically.

But fear not, that’s why I’ve put together a few tips and tricks.

Read the Manual. Seriously, It’s Not a Sleeping Aid

You know that little booklet that comes with your pressure washer, the one you probably tossed aside, never to be seen again?

I mean, we are men, who the hell reads a manual anyway.

Well, it might be time to go through the garage and dig it out – or alternatively look for one on the internet.

Why? Because it’s packed with essential information on how to maintain and store your pressure washer. Trust me; it won’t put you to sleep.

  • Maintenance schedules: You’ll find details on when to change the oil, clean the air filter, and other thrilling tasks. This is important because each model might require different methods – so make sure you get the guide for your model.
  • Storage tips: The manual will give you valuable advice on how to store your pressure washer safely during those cold, lonely winter months.

Keep It Clean – Not Just for Show

Ironic, isn’t it?

Well, you need to keep your pressure washer clean. It’s not only about looking good in front of your neighbors, but it’s also about making sure your trusty cleaning beast stays in tip-top shape and condition.

  • After each use: Give your pressure washer a good wipe-down, paying special attention to the engine, hoses, and nozzles.
  • Keep the hose kink-free: This is no time for kinky fun. Make sure to roll up the hose neatly and store it properly to avoid kinks and other damages.

I mean it man, do it. Your pressure washer will thank you.

Change the Oil – It’s Not Just for Cars

Your pressure washer’s engine needs some love, too. Regular oil changes are a must if you want it to run smoothly and live a long, fulfilling life.

  • Check the manual: Refer to the sacred manual for oil change frequency and the recommended oil type.
  • Don’t slack off: Skipping oil changes is a no-no. If you value your pressure washer, you’ll make time for this essential task.

Air Filters: The Lungs of Your Pressure Washer

Just like you need clean air to breathe, so does your pressure washer. A clogged or dirty air filter can choke your engine, making it run poorly or not at all.

  • Inspect the air filter: Check it regularly and clean or replace it as needed.
  • Keep a spare: You never know when you’ll need a new air filter. Better safe than sorry, right?

Considering how much help it provides, what’s a little filter cleaning from time to time?

Winterize or Pay the Price

Winter is coming (insert Game of Thrones meme), and that means it’s time to prepare your pressure washer for hibernation. If you don’t, you risk damaging the pump and other components.

  • Drain the water: Remove any water left in the pump, hoses, and nozzles.
  • Use antifreeze: Pour some pump-saver antifreeze into the pump to prevent any residual water from freezing.
  • Store it right: Keep your pressure washer in a dry, frost-free place during winter. The cold is harsh enough on your machine; don’t make it suffer more than necessary.

If you don’t do this properly, chances are your pressure washer will not see the light of the next spring.

Spare Parts: Be Prepared

With all the attachments, a lot can go wrong with a pressure washer. Hoses can burst, nozzles can get lost, and pumps can fail. Be prepared by having spare parts on hand, so you’re not left high and dry (and dirty) when disaster strikes.

You know the most annoying feeling – when you set yourself for a task, only to be rendered helpless by a missing spare part – the exact you that you need.

  • Know your pressure washer: Familiarize yourself with the common replacement parts for your specific model.
  • Stock up: Keep a collection of essential spare parts, like hoses, nozzles, and O-rings, readily available.
  • Stay organized: Store your spare parts in a dedicated, easy-to-find place. Your future self will thank you.

Don’t Neglect the Nozzles

The nozzles on your pressure washer are like the fingers on a hand – each one has a purpose, and they all need care.

The good news is you can put them together in one box – one that can be covered to avoid dust layers.

  • Inspect for damage: Look for cracks, wear, or other issues that may affect the nozzle’s performance.
  • Unclog those babies: Debris can clog the nozzle’s spray pattern, so clear any blockages with a needle or nozzle cleaner.
  • Rotate for longevity: Just like your tires, rotating your nozzles can help prolong their life. Switch between them regularly to spread out the wear and tear.

Get Pumped About Pump Maintenance

The pump is the heart of your pressure washer, and you know what they say: happy pump, happy life (or something like that).

A damaged pump can also make your pressure washer get unbearably loud – and pressure washers can be pretty loud while functioning normally.

  • Lubricate the pump: Apply pump lubricant regularly to keep things running smoothly.
  • Check for leaks: A leaking pump can cause performance issues or even damage your pressure washer. This should be addressed promptly – also there is no shame to call a mechanic or whoever knows how to fix it properly.
  • Replace worn parts: If you notice decreased pressure or other pump problems, you may need to replace some components.

In Conclusion: Love Your Pressure Washer, and It Will Love You Back

I know, I know, this may sound like a lot of work, but trust me, there are benefits to it. Not only will your pressure washer last significantly longer, but your mind will be at peace (at least subconsciously) because you know that every attachment and spare part is in top condition and at its designated place.

I hope that this guide was somewhat helpful to you and… happy pressure washing!