Five Common Reasons for Pressure Washer Repair

April 20, 2018

If you own pressure washing equipment, even from high quality brands, it’s likely that you will experience some hiccups from time to time. Problems can occur at any time, but issues become more and more common as a piece of equipment gets older. You can prevent a lot of problems by keeping up on regular care and routine maintenance, but some mechanical malfunctions are unavoidable. You can prevent these problems from keeping your equipment out of commission by knowing what issues to look out for and what you can do to address them:

  • Low or no pressure: An issue with low or no pressure really defeats the purpose of having a pressure washer! This issue is usually caused by an insufficient water source. In other words, your water inlet valve is not delivering enough water. Make sure to check your inlet to see whether there is any sign of damage. You should also check for kinks or clogs in your hose.
  • Pressure spikes: If the pressure of your water repeatedly spikes while you’re using your pressure washer, it’s likely a problem with your unloader valve. This valve has to be calibrated properly in order to maintain the consistency of water pressure in a pressure washer. Find information about calibrating your unloader valve in your owner’s manual and adjust this component accordingly.
  • Pressure variance: Pressure variance or pulsating pressure is usually a sign of air trapped in your pressure washer or a problem with your pump. You can get rid of trapped air in your pressure washer by pulling the trigger on it when it is turned off. A problem with the pump itself should be addressed by a company that specializes in pressure washer repair in Ogden, UT.
  • Drop in pressure: A major and sudden drop in pressure indicates that your nozzle is blocked. You can unblock the nozzle manually using a sharp needle. If you manage to unblock the nozzle but still notice a drop in pressure, consider replacing your nozzle entirely.
  • Ineffective cleaning: If your pressure washer is not effectively cleaning your surfaces, despite the fact that the water pressure seems fine, the solution may be as simple as replacing the nozzle. The kind of nozzle you use on your pressure washer can make a huge difference in how effective it is at cleaning different surfaces. Consider asking a professional about what specific nozzles are best suited for the surfaces that you want to clean with your pressure washer.

If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, or if you have any other concerns about the condition of your pressure washer and lawn care equipment, the team at Ogden Lawn & Garden is here to help. We are proud to be a family owned and operated business with decades of experience providing comprehensive lawn equipment services to our customers, including pressure washer repair in Ogden, UT. You can stop by and see us or give us a call with any questions—we would be happy to help you get your equipment into great shape for summer.

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