With the winter temperatures dropping, your risk of a frozen pressure washer goes up. If this is your first winter owning a pressure washer, it’s important that you know how to properly care for it. While the best place for the pressure washer is in a heated garage environment, you may find that you have to take it on the road to respond to calls. Here are some tips to help you protect it from those cold winter temperatures.
If you’re only traveling a short distance, you may be able to do so with little risk of freezing, but only if the distance is only a mile or two in most cases. Also, keep in mind that temperatures can fluctuate by several degrees in most areas, so an advertised temperature of 35 degrees could still expose your pressure washer to freezing temperatures if it’s uninsulated on the road.
Consider insulating the enclosure of the truck that you transport the pressure washer in. Apply foam panel insulation to the inside surfaces of the enclosure, covering the entire area for the best results. In addition, if your pressure washer has a water heater and recirculation, you can engage those and put the wand in the water tank.
Overnight Storage Tips
Pressure washers are especially vulnerable to freezing overnight, when temperatures reach their lowest. Put a small water pump into the water tank to help keep the water circulating. Keeping the water in motion will help reduce the risk of freezing. You can also wrap the lines and the tank in heat tape to keep some warmth in the washer.
Longer Storage Tips
If your pressure washing business operates only during the warmer season, you may be putting your pressure washer up for the winter. If you want to be sure that it doesn’t freeze during the storage time, you can treat the tank with antifreeze. Empty the float tank, then fill it with antifreeze. Start the pressure washer and push the water out, replacing it with antifreeze. You’ll probably need several gallons of antifreeze to flush the water completely.
Pull the spray nozzle from the wand and put it into the antifreeze in the float tank. Run the system to recirculate the antifreeze for two to three minutes while you engage the trigger handle intermittently to draw antifreeze into the bypass line. This ensures that the pump, hoses and coils are all protected.
With these tips, you can get your pressure washer safely through the winter no matter what your plans are for it. For more information about pressure washers, go to http://www.benscleaner.com.