Choosing a High Pressure Powerwasher
If you are considering buying a high pressure power washer to take care of your household cleaning needs, there are several things you need to know before making a purchase. First of all, what is a high pressure? Simply put, it is a powerwasher that puts out more heat than the typical appliance. Although high pressure power washing has been around for many years, it is only in recent years that home owners have started caring for their appliances to ensure they last a lifetime.
You will hear the term “high pressure” in reference to a pressure washer when talking to an appliance tech at the local home improvement store or on the Internet. You should first understand what this terminology means before attempting to use it on your own. Simply put, high pressure means that there is more energy exerted from the washer than the typical household appliance. This means that the washer runs at a higher wattage, and that more water is delivered.
One of the most important factors in finding a power washer with high pressure is to locate a model that offers a safety option. Many consumers have found themselves injured or even killed while washing at high pressure. The propane fuel used in these machines can cause burns, and the exhaust tube can be completely blocked, leaving the naked eyes of the victim absolutely no relief. If the high pressure feature is not available, look for a model that uses a small electric fan for ventilation.
Another thing to consider is whether you need a model with both hot and cold settings. While the hot water setting can provide very effective cleaning power, it can also be rather dangerous. For this reason, you should avoid models that only offer hot and cold settings. Before you run out and make the purchase, be sure that you understand the difference between the two. While both are pretty intense, the cold setting can pose a real danger. Be sure to invest in a high pressure washer with both hot and cold functions to reduce the risk of injury.
A high-pressure power washer is usually more expensive than a low-pressure model. You do get a lower flow rate from a high pressure model, but that translates into long periods of cleaning rather than shorter ones. The trade-off here is quality and cost. While a high-pressure unit may be more expensive, it may pay for itself in savings in the long run. Over time, you will save money by cutting down on dry time and cleaning time. These units are also more likely to last longer and require less repair.
When looking at home improvement stores, talk to the associates who work there. They will know which powerwashers to steer clear of and which one will fit best into your home. Most powerwashers are quite heavy, so they will need to be mounted to an exterior wall, which may be too large for a smaller back yard. In this case, getting a portable power washer will help you move it when you are not using it. If you are concerned about noise or getting someone else to perform the installation, call around and find out who would be best suited for your needs.
When purchasing a high pressure power washer, check out what accessories are included with it. Many come with water-saving nozzles, protective covers, and timers. Accessories can add to the overall value of your appliance. For example, you may decide you want more than one.
Finally, keep in mind that many high pressure models come with warranties that last for up to one year. Be sure to ask the salesperson what is included in this warranty. You may get lucky and get a two-year warranty if you have not yet tried out the powerwasher. Otherwise, you may end up having to buy another appliance just to replace your current one.