How to Properly Use and Care for a Pressure Washer

If you have never used a pressure washer, you don’t know what you’re missing. They speed up the cleaning of just about everything outdoors including decks, siding and even cars, if you’re careful. It’s important to properly use and care for your pressure washer, and hopefully these tips will help you do just that.

How do you maintain a pressure washer?

The best maintenance routine is the one outlined in your user manual. However, if you lost or threw the guide away, there are some regular maintenance checks to add to your routine. First off, check for oil, fuel and water leaks. If there are no leaks, check the oil and gas levels so you never run your washer on empty. A good rule of thumb is to change the oil after the first five hours of use, and yearly after that.

How long do pressure washers usually last?

The lifespan of a pressure washer depends entirely on how well it is maintained. Electric models should be cleaned after use and stored in a dry, clean place. Gas models should be maintained according to their user guides and also stored properly.

Is it bad to run a pressure washer without water?

Yes. Starting your pressure washer without water can damage the inner workings of the machine, including the pump. If the pump is damaged, it can negatively affect the motor and, before you know it, the whole machine is damaged.

Should I buy a gas or electric powered power washer?

The average homeowner only needs an electric power washer. Electric models require less maintenance, are quieter and still have a lot of power. Unfortunately, electric models can only go as far as your extension cord, which limits where they can be used. Gas powered power washers, on the other hand, are not limited to a cord. They are also more powerful and more portable. Like any gas-powered tool, they do require more maintenance and are heavier.

What is the best pressure washer to buy for home use?

According to The Spruce, the best overall pressure washer is Simpson Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer. This machine has a 2300 PSI, which is a great mid-weight power for multiple surfaces. However, if you would prefer an electric model, check out the Sun Joe 2030 Max. Not only is this model less expensive, it has almost as much power at 2030 PSI.

Is 3000 PSI too much to wash my car?

The recommended PSI for washing a car is 1200-2100. Always start with the lower PSI because some paint chips more easily than others. Additionally, some cars may be able to handle even higher levels of PSI.

How much PSI do I need to clean my driveway?

Most driveways are made of concrete, which means they are very tough. You can certainly use a lower PSI, like you need for a car, but you will get much better, faster results with a higher PSI. A PSI of up to 4500 is recommended for a driveway or patio so you can spray off all of the grime and dirt.

Do I really need an extended warranty for a pressure washer?

Outdoor tool extended warranties are necessary if the manufacturer warranty is only one or two years long. An extended warranty will keep your washer and your wallet protected for longer so you won’t have to dish out money for an expensive repair. Now, if your washer comes with a three year warranty or longer, you probably do not need an extended warranty because you are already covered for a long time.

What is covered under the warranty plan?

Upsie pressure washer warranties extend the manufacturer warranty coverage. This typically includes mechanical failures, cooling issues and power failure.

What if my power washer can’t be repaired?

No problem! If your power washer is protected with Upsie, and it cannot be repaired, Upsie will simply replace it. However, if there has already been one claim made on the plan, Upsie will issue you a check for the power washer value minus the cost of the first repair.

What is the claims process like?

Upsie claims can be made 24/7/365 where you will speak with a real person. A service representative works to approve your claim quickly and will even schedule a repair appointment for you. If your power washer was purchased for less than $500, Upsie will simply replace it. Contact Upsie if you have any questions regarding their warranties.
Pressure washers are amazing tools. They speed up your yard work and are fun to use. Properly maintain yours and it might just last for years.

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