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PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

This PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS post with video will help anyone just getting started in the pressure washing industry.  A popular first unit to purchase is the 4 GPM portable pressure washer at 3500 PSI.  I do not recommend any machine under 4 GPM for any new pressure washing business.  It has a Honda GX 390 and I provide step by step instructions for getting set up.

LEAD FITTING

The PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS for this machine begins with what is coming off of the unloader.  Most manufacturers ship with the coupler in place there.  This is what I call the “LEAD FITTING.”  I provide specific details for hooking up the garden hose and the pressure hose.  The entire process can be inverted depending on your personal preference.

UNLOADER

Another important element of PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS to understand is the unloader.  The unloader is what regulates the water pressure that will arrive from the machine.  For the most part, the unloader is factory set and you never need to adjust it or even touch it.  Unless you have need to replace it.  You can lower the water pressure through the various nozzles that you will use.

STAY ON THE GUN

It is important to “STAY ON THE GUN” to continually release pressure build up inside the pressure washer machine.  Otherwise, the machine heats up the water.  This can result in damage to the pump.  There is a way to bypass this risk which I cover in detail in the video.

THERMAL RELIEF VALVE

The thermal relief valve is another critical component when learning about PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS.    This piece can sometimes fail and need replacement without any warning.  This is why I recommend always have replacements with you so you’re work flow will not be hindered.  There are many, many more details I cover in this 45 minute video so be sure and take time to watch it in its entirety.  Also, if you’re looking for help with your website as you start your pressure washing business, click here.

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PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

There are a variety of reasons why a pressure washer won’t start.  Just this week, my nephew was asking my why his machine would start, but then shut down within minute or two.  The most likely fix for this scenario is to clean out the carburetor.  But what if the unit simply won’t start?  We found the solution for this problem when a Honda GX690 simply would not start.

FAULTY FUSE

If you’re Honda GX 690 pressure washer won’t start, it may be a faulty fuse.  If you do get the click sound upon turning the switch, this is a good thing and means your fuel valve is in good shape.  Upon pulling the throttle assembly off, you will find 30 amp fuse.  You’ll need to trouble shoot whether you have a faulty fuse using an ohm meter and comparing results with a new fuse.  Then you would clean corrosion from the fuse itself and from the fuse socket.  Follow the step by step instructions here in this video:

Don’t forget to also clean and reinstall the rubber gasket.  Obviously, you will want to unhook the battery on any machine that you are working on for maintenance or repairs.  This applies to working on any pressure washer won’t start project.  In addition, this might be a great opportunity to change the oil.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

In the process of correcting this faulty fuse issue, it was extremely difficult to remove the throttle housing unit.  Rather than reinstalling it back the way it was, we improvised a new solution to make this fuse and fuse socket much easier to access for future maintenance.  We drill a small hole in the housing assembly so that the fuse and socket can remain outside of the throttle housing assembly.  Be very careful and cautious when drilling so that you don’t cause more damage to the machine by drilling wires or other components.  Again, always remember to DISCONNECT THE BATTERY so that you don’t short anything out with metal tools touching wires.

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