But when it is time to store the electric pressure washer for the winter season, you have to winterize the electric pressure washer before storing it properly. If an electric pressure washer is not stored properly, its pump can become weak, or in a worst-case scenario, the pressure washer can fail to work completely.
How long can 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.
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.
How do you winterize a pressure washer with RV antifreeze?
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. Add a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL. This will keep any moisture in the fuel from freezing and keep the fuel stabilized through the winter months.
Can you store pressure washer outside?
If it’s possible, storing your pressure washer in a heated garage or warehouse is ideal. However, even keeping it in an unheated shed or garage is much better than storing it outside. Remember, a pressure washer is an investment.
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.
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.