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  1. Winter is comming.


    While it might be dry and warm inside for you, your pressure washer can be at risk of damage due to freezing.  Every spring we get flooded with calls from people that go to use their pressure washer only to find damage to the head, usually a small crack.  And every year we hear the same thing; "I blew all of the water out" or "I keep it in my garage."  Although those steps are encouraged, its usually not enough.  A very inexpensive bottle of Pump Protector can save you HUNDREDS OF $$$!

    "But I blew all of the water out of the pump with my compressor."
    Blowing out the water gets most of the water out, but not all of it.  There's always risidual water that remains in the nooks and crannies of the pump.  It's these small, seaminghly insignificant amounts of water that can cause over $100 worth of damage to your pump.  If your pump is exposed to temperatures that dip below 32 °F / 0 °C that water can freeze and expand causing cracks to form in the pump head.  These cracks are not repairable.  Some pumps have pump head replacements available but many pumps have to be replaced.

    "I keep my pressure washer in my garage / shed."
    Many garages and sheds can still get below freezing inside of them.  In my many years of dealing with pressure washers I can honestly say I've never had a customer with a cracked pump head due to freezing tell me that they left their pressure washer outside all winter.  Every single one of them was stored inside. 

    Prepairing your pressure washer pump for winter is a vital step in proper pressure washer maintenacne.  It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the time.  Here are the steps for winterizing your pressure washer.

    Shut down your system-
    • Flush clean water through your pump and chemical injector.
    • Turn off your engine, disconnect the spark plug.
    • Squeeze the trigger of the gun to release the built up water in the line and relieve the line of pressure.
    • Disconnect the high pressure hose and the garden hose from the pump.
    Winterize the pump-
    • Connect the threaded fitting on the bottle of pump saver to the garden hose fitting on the pump.  If your bottle does not have a threaded fitting on it refer to the bottle for instructions.
    • Open the valve on the bottle and squeeze the bottle to push antifreeze into the pump.
    • Slowly pull the recoil to move the pump saver through the pump.
    • Repeat until you see pump saver coming out of the high pressure hose fitting.

    If you have a commercial pump, here is a great Tech Bulletin by Cat Pumps that explains winterizing a larger system.
  2. The heart of any pressure washer is the pressure pump. The pressure pump provides the force that turns your regular garden hose water tap flow into the high pressure spray you need to get the job done.
    Pressure pump failure can manifest itself by having low water pressure, but no apparent leaks coming from your pressure washer. Once your pressure pump fails your pressure washer is for all intents and purposes useless. The question you now face is do you buy a whole new pressure washer or can you simply replace the broken pressure pump?

    While buying a whole new pressure washer is the more expensive resolution. With a little know how and some elbow grease replacing a pressure pump is an affordable and relatively easy solution.
    APW Distributing Inc. offers pressure pumps for just about any make and model pressure washer out there. We can give you the knowledge and confidence to replace that faulty pressure pump yourself. Either through our instructional videos on our YouTube Channel, or our free technical support offered Monday – Saturday toll free at: (888) 279-9274.

    Below you will find links to the variety of pressure pumps that we offer. If you need assistance in figuring out which pressure pump is the right one for you don’t hesitate to contact us. If you know your pressure washer make and model you can use our Web site to guide you right to pressure pump you need. Not to mention any other pressure washer parts and accessories you could use to make any pressure washer job easier.

    AR Pressure Pumps
    AR Pressure Pumps
    CAT Pressure Pumps
    CAT Pressure Pumps
    Comet Pressure Pumps
    Comet Pressure Pumps
    General Pressure Pump
    General Pressure Pumps
    Horizontal Pressure Pumps
    Horizontal Pressure Pumps
    Vertical Pressure Pumps
    Vertical Pressure Pumps

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