Winterizing your pressure washer is necessary to prevent water from freezing in the pump, as frozen water could permanently damage it.
What can I put in my pressure washer to keep it from freezing?
Ready Mixed Antifreeze
This is an example of antifreeze, it is ready mixed and can be used to be pumped through the machine to stop freezing. Using antifreeze is a good way of preventing your machine from being affected by the cold weather, especially for storing your pressure washer for longer periods of time.
Will my pressure washer freeze?
The water pump inside a pressure washer can lock up and sustain damage if the unit is exposed to sub-freezing temperatures. Water expands as it freezes, causing surrounding parts in a pressure washer to warp, bend or distort.
Can you let a pressure washer idle?
Generally, it is bad to leave a pressure washer running for more than five minutes. If you cannot switch it off after a minute or three, do not idle the unit for more than five minutes. Leaving your pressure water running will damage its inner workings because as temperature builds up, the pump is at risk of damage.
Can I use RV antifreeze in my pressure washer?
Fill pump with Pump Saver or R.V. antifreeze until it runs out of the outlet (where the high pressure hose connects to the pump). If using a funnel and hose, fill the funnel with R.V. antifreeze and pull the starter cord repeatedly to cycle the antifreeze through the pump.
Is it OK to run pressure washer without water?
The use of a pressure washer without water is not recommended, even if you can start it. In addition to lubricating the pump, water keeps it cool as well. The pump will wear down quickly if the water is not lubricated and cooled.
Can you leave gas in a pressure washer?
Some maintenance requires you to run the pressure washer. Never operate a gasoline-powered pressure washer indoors or in an area without proper ventilation. When operating an electric pressure washer, keep the electrical connections dry and off the ground.