How long should a pressure washer pump last?

The life expectancy, of those pumps is around 60 to 100 hours of use. With higher quality pressure washers, the life expectancy of their pumps is closer to 500 hours. On average, households use their water pressure washer around 50 hours per year.

What are the two types of pressure washer pumps?

There are three primary pressure washer pump designs: axial, wobble, and triplex design pumps. Axial and wobble pumps are built with less heavy-duty components. Axial and wobble pumps usually have less repair components.

How much horsepower does a pressure washer pump need?


For instance, in order for a gas-powered pump to put out 3,000 PSI and 4 GPM, the engine needs to have at least 11 horsepower.

Can I put a more powerful pump on my pressure washer?

Your new pump must be compatible with your pressure washer. You can’t replace your pump with any pump you wish, because they just won’t fit.

How many PSI Do I need to clean concrete?

To clean concrete effectively, use a power washer with a pressure rating of at least 3000 psi and a flow rate of at least 4 gallons per minute (gpm).

What is the difference between an axial pump and a triplex pump?

Axial Cam pumps use direct-drive mechanics and spin at the same speed as the engine, which wears down faster than a triplex pump but can still be replaced (unlike the wobble pumps found on entry-level models.) Triplex plunger pumps are more expensive but offer longer life and better performance.

Are general pressure washer pumps good?

General Pumps seem very good. Those pumps used mostly on commercial pressure washing units. That’s because they’re cheap. They hold up pretty well on units fed with pressure and have the water heated after the pump, but they just don’t last with gravity-fed hot water.

Does a pressure washer need water pressure?

Pressure washers require plenty of water to operate and water from the source has to be pressurized enough so that it can flow into the pressure washer unit and get sprayed out of the nozzle. In order to feed enough water to the pressure washer the hose of the pressure washer is usually connected to an outside tap.

How many gpm pressure washer do I need?

If you’re still wondering what the best combination is, we recommend starting with something in the 3000 – 3500 PSI/2.0 – 2.5 GPM range. These pressure washers are good for most homeowners, as they tend to work very efficiently and are still affordable.

What does HP mean for pressure washer?

HP stands for horsepower, PSI for pounds per square inch and GPM for gallons per minute. The HP of a pressure washer is divided up to produce both the pressure at which the water is released (PSI) and the number of gallons that are released (GPM).

What makes a pressure washer powerful?

The Bar is the energy with which the water will hit the surface you are cleaning. Basically the higher the two numbers on your pressure washer rating the more powerful the machine you have. Higher flow tends to wash away dirt, higer pressure tends to cut through tough dirt, so it all depends on the task on hand.

Can you increase the PSI on a pressure washer?

You simply turn the dial to increase or decrease the pressure. Others have a regulator on the spray wand, similar to the Vario wand on our electric power washer. You can also change out the nozzle tips which alter the impact pressure when spraying.

How can I make my pressure washer stronger?

In general, a pressure washer can be made more powerful by using a different nozzle. Other options are changing the pressure regulator or under loader valve, use a different gas type, or optimizing the gas engine. For maximum power, use a red 0-degree nozzle. Nozzles determine the angle of the output water stream.

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