There’s nothing quite like a pressure washer when it comes to cleaning your home or property. Whether you’re using a gas or electric model, these machines can blast away dirt, grime, and stains in no time. But before you can start blasting away, you need to know how to start the machine! We’ll provide you with all the information you need to get started – from reading the owner’s manual to turning the engine on. Let’s get started!
Before you start your pressure washer, there are a few things you should do first:
Read the owner’s manual. This may seem like an obvious step, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with the machine before using it. Not all models are the same, so it’s important to know how yours works.
The following steps should at least be the framework for starting most pressure washers.
Be on level ground. You don’t want the machine tipping over while you’re using it!
Check the hoses for leaks and repairs. You don’t want any water spraying out while you’re trying to clean.
Now that you’ve read the manual and checked for any potential problems, you’re ready to start your machine and begin pressure washing.
Starting an Electric Pressure Washer
Electric power washers are the most popular type on the market. They’re easy to use and require very little maintenance.
If you’re using an electric pressure washer, follow these steps:
- Check the water strainer and clean it if necessary. This will ensure that there’s no debris in the water.
- Fill the detergent tank with soap or cleaner. You’ll need this for tough stains.
- Connect the water source (such as a garden hose) to the machine. Make sure it’s securely fastened.
- Attach the high-pressure hose, spray gun/wand, and nozzle to the machine.
- Plug in the machine and turn it on. You should always plug in an electric power washer to a power outlet protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter.
- Squeeze the spray wand trigger to start the water flow and get rid of any excess air in the system.
Now you’re ready to pressure wash!
Starting a Gas Pressure Washer
Gas power washers are ideal for tougher jobs, such as cleaning driveways and stripping paint. They’re a bit more difficult to use than electric models, but they’re more powerful.
It takes a few extra steps to start a gas power washer that an electric power washer doesn’t need.
If you’re using a gas pressure washer, follow these steps:
- Check your gas levels and fill the fuel tank with gas. Make sure you’re using the correct type of fuel for your machine.
- Check the oil level and add oil if necessary.
- Connect the water source (such as a garden hose) to the machine. Make sure it’s securely fastened so the water pressure doesn’t cause it to come loose.
- Attach the high-pressure hose, spray gun/wand, and nozzle to the machine. Collar snaps should “click” to show they’re locked in place.
- Switch the fuel valve to the on position. This may also be called the open position on some gas pressure washers.
- Move the engine throttle to the full-throttle position.
- Open the choke. This allows air to flow into the engine.
- Prime the pump by pressing the primer button a few times. This will get the fuel flowing to the engine.
- Pull the engine cord to start the engine while pulling the trigger on the spray gun at the same time to relieve built-up pressure.
- Let the engine run for a few seconds to warm up.
- Once it’s started, close the choke.
Now you’re ready to start washing!
FAQs on How to Start a Pressure Washer
Q: What should I do if my electric pressure washer won’t start after doing the steps above?
Check the circuit breaker and reset it if necessary. If that doesn’t work, check the power cord for any damage.
Q: What should I do if my gas pressure washer won’t start after doing the steps above?
Check the fuel level and add more if necessary. You may also need to clean the spark plug.
Q: What water outlet can be used for a water supply besides a garden hose?
A standard water spigot can be used as a water supply for your pressure washer.
Now that you know how to start a pressure washer, gas-powered or electric, you’re ready to blast away all the dirt and grime on your property! Just remember to follow the steps above and to always read the owner’s manual before using the pressure washer.