The most likely reason for the smoke is that oil has mixed with gas in the cylinder. When oil is burned the result is smoke coming out of your pressure washer.
What causes a pressure washer pump to overheat?
Like with lawnmowers, gas-pressure washers typically require the fuel valve to be set in the open position. If it isn’t open all the way, not enough gas will get to the engine. This could cause the unit to overheat. To prevent this, ensure that the valve isn’t stuck halfway between open and closed.
Can a power washer burn out?
An electric pressure washer can overheat, but not in the same way that a gas unit will. Electric pressure washers automatically shut down the motor when the wand trigger is closed. The main culprit that will cause your pressure washer to overheat is running it too long in direct sunlight on a hot day.
How do I stop my pressure washer from overheating?
Use adequate water pressure to prevent the pressure washer from overheating. When the water pressure is not sufficient, the pump will not get enough water to cool it down. A pressure washer pump uses the water to cool itself and needs a certain minimum water pressure to function properly.
What to do if pressure washer is smoking?
Check your carburetor system and rebuild or replace the carburetor if necessary. Tune up the pressure washer engine to help eliminate exhaust smoke. A tune-up includes changing the oil, checking the ignition system and adjusting the throttle and choke controls.
Will hot water damage a pressure washer?
The short answer is no. You can’t use hot water in a pressure washer that isn’t made to withstand high temperatures. In case you aren’t aware, there are actually two kinds of pressure washers available in the market. The most common pressure washer is the cold water pressure washer.
How long can you run pressure washer without water?
Without water, even for only a few seconds, your pump will be working harder than it should be. The pumps job is to take in water from the supply hose and push it out through the nozzle. The pump is designed to operate with water flowing through it. The water helps to lubricate the pump and help to keep it cool.
How long do pressure washers last?
In general, most well know pressure washer companies guaranty their machine for at least 500 hours. Most persons use it for around 50 hours each year. That means that a well-maintained pressure washer should last at least 10 years.
How do you warm up a pressure washer?
Squeeze the spray wand trigger to prime the pump and purge air from the system. Start the washer (Photo 1). If it’s a gas unit, steady it when pulling the starter cord by bracing your foot against a wheel. Let the washer run for a minute to warm up.