Knowing how to properly winterize a pressure washer is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the longevity of your machine. These steps should be taken any time your pressure washer will be stored for 30 or more days. However, it is particularly essential over the winter. Not properly preparing your pressure washer for winter could result in a broken pump, among other damaged components.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to winterize a pressure washer in 3 simple steps that you can complete in 5 minutes or less.
1. Drain the Gasoline
Gasoline goes stale in approximately 30 days. Deteriorated fuel can break down the fuel tank of your pressure washer and result in rust, corrosion, and build-up. Using a fuel stabilizer can combat the effects of this deterioration and breakdown. If you plan on storing your unit in your basement, be sure to drain the gasoline from the unit before storage. Always make sure you store your Vortexx Pressure Washer in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area, away from open flame or sparks.
2. Flush and Drain Water
Run your unit for 2 minutes with clean water flowing through it to clean out any sediment or debris. Turn off the engine and water supply and squeeze the trigger of the spray gun to relieve the pressure. Drain all of the water from the hose, gun and attachments.
3. Prep Pump for Storage
Last, but not least, extend the life of your pump by adding Pump Saver. Pump Saver keeps the internal parts of your Vortexx Pressure Washer pump lubricated and protected from freezing. Follow the instructions on the bottle of Pump Saver and leave the liquid in the pump all winter. Upon start up in the spring the Pump Saver will naturally get flushed out of your Vortexx pump.