A gas pressure washer is ideal for tougher jobs such as stripping paint, cleaning driveways, washing trucks, cleaning jobsites, and dirty walls. Let’s learn how to start and use a gas-powered pressure washer.
- Make sure the pressure washer is on a flat surface near the work site.
- Check that the water strainer is in its place and free of debris.
- Connect the garden hose to the washer and the other end to the water supply.
- Connect the male end of the high-pressure hose to the unit into the water outlet on the pressure washer.
- Slide the other end of the high-pressure hose to the bottom of the gun assembly. Make sure it locks properly.
- Select the high-pressure nozzle suited to your cleaning task.
- To install the nozzle, hold back the collar on the end of the gun; attach the nozzle and release the collar, making sure that it snaps at its place.
- Turn on the water; the pressure hose and the nozzle will fill with water.
- Remove excess air before starting the unit by pressing the trigger until no air comes out.
- Check oil and fuel levels before starting the unit.
- Open the fuel valve, move the choke to the left or the open position and move the throttle to the left.
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- Turn the engine switch to the on position.
- Squeeze the trigger holding the gun assembly firmly in your hand while pointing it to a safe position. It will release the pressure.
- Pull the recoil on the engine while squeezing the trigger. The washer will start in 1-2 attempts.
- Close the choke so the engine can idle properly.
- Your pressure washer is ready to use.
- Turn the engine switch to the off position when your work is complete.
- Press the trigger to release the pressure from the unit.
- Turn off the water; disconnect the high-pressure hose from the unit and the gun.
- Disconnect the garden hose from the unit and the tap.
- Remove as much water as possible from the hoses.
- Remove the nozzle from the gun and place it on the holder of the unit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better: an electric pressure washer or a gas pressure washer?
An electric pressure washer is best for lightweight applications such as washing cars, garages, and household tasks. Gas pressure washer delivers more power (5,000-16,000 cleaning units) and up to 4,900 PSI pressure. It is suitable for outdoor jobs, washing trucks, walls, windows, big garages, and scrapping paints. Click here to read a detailed comparison
What is the minimum water flow requirement to smoothly run a gas-pressure washer?
It may vary from model to model, but experts recommend at least 3.5 gallons per minute flow rate to run a gas pressure washer smoothly for heavy-duty applications.
Which protective gear do I need for a gas-pressure washer?
Gas pressure washers can generate water streams at high pressure of up to 16,000 PSI. You must be cautious while using it. It is recommended to wear non-slip boots, work gloves, and eye protection while working with a pressure washer.
How long can I run a gas-powered pressure washer?
Gas pressure washers usually run for 30-45 minutes before they need a cooling break. The pump and engine can overheat if you continue using them for more than 45 minutes. Hot water pressure washers need cooling time every 15 minutes.
How to use soap with a pressure washer?
You can use any liquid soap with your pressure washer if it has a siphon hose, basin, or soap compartment. All you have to do is pour the liquid soap and use the washer as you would normally.