Although temperatures don’t get too frigid down in Texas, certain regions do experience some incredibly cold winter days. When temperatures drop, your pressure washing equipment is at risk if it isn’t securely stored. Even if you don’t intend to use your pressure washer in the cold weather seasons, it’s still important to take care of the machine so it’s good to go when spring arrives. Otherwise, you run the risk of having costly repairs when you’re ready to use it again. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion can cause catastrophic damage to your pump head, coil, pressure lines, and even feed lines and any filters you may have installed. Save yourself the money and trouble with these winterizing tips!
Flush Out the System
There are two main ways to freeze protect your pressure washer. The first is to remove all the water from your pressure washer using compressed air. You can put a schrader valve in line with your pressure washer, which will allow you to blow out the water from your entire pressure washer system with an air chuck (same attachment you fill your vehicle tires with). You will need to take the gun off of your pressure hose so that you can blow all the water out of your coil, if you have a hot water unit, and pressure lines. You will want to make sure you drain all the water out of your pump head as well. If your machine draws from a tank (such as on a trailer mounted set up), there may be a filter in the feed line to help protect the pump head from debris in the water. You will want to make sure the filter is drained as well.
The second way to winterize your pressure washer is to draw antifreeze into your machine from a float tank, and run it through your machine until no water is left in your pressure washer. If you want a float tank installed so that you can winterize your machine in this way, call 1-800-899-9388 today and we can help you get one installed quickly and easily.
No matter what season it is, store your pressure washer in a cool, dry place where it won’t be exposed to dirt or excess moisture. Pressure washer covers are available at any of our locations and will protect your washer from rust and damage from the elements. If it’s possible, storing your pressure washer in a heated garage or warehouse is ideal. However, even keeping it in an unheated shed or garage is much better than storing it outside.
Remember, a pressure washer is an investment. Like any investment (such as a car or a house), it’s important to take care of it and do the appropriate maintenance work to keep it running like new.