Most people have probably never heard of pressure washers before, much less owned one. If you own a pressure washer however, you know that they are incredibly useful and can make your life much easier. But did you know that there are different types of pressure washers? Let’s take a look at the different types to see what each one is capable of doing.
Gas pressure washers are a very common type of pressure washer. They can power some of the more powerful machines such as water heaters and even the more heavy duty models of electric pressure washers. They are very popular with industries because of their overall durability and ability to get through tough dirt and other surfaces. However, this is perhaps the only downside to gas pressure washers. These machines can get quite noisy and depending on the model, may cause some eye strain and irritation to those in the immediate vicinity.
Combustion-based pressure washers use gasoline or natural gas to create pressure. These machines are extremely popular among hobbyists who prefer to clean with as little fuss as possible. The fumes emitted by the fuel are neutralized by an exhaust system that burns oxygen in order to burn away the pollutants. Although this type of pressure washers is more fuel efficient than their gas counterparts, they emit far less smoke and thus are not as smelly. They also consume a lot of gas and thus must be used with great care and caution.
Combustion-based pressure washers use an electric spark to generate heat that causes a chain reaction that results in a lot of heat and pressure being created. This type of pressure washer is fairly slow to warm up and therefore is not always a good choice for cleaning tough grout and tiles. As it takes longer to generate the heat needed to loosen the grout, they generally need to be run quickly in order to keep a room warm.
Combustion-based pressure washers use propane or natural gas to generate pressure. As their name suggests, these machines have a nozzle that uses combustion-based gases to drive the water through the water-heater. This is generally a more economical choice for commercial businesses where hot water is a primary concern. Some homeowners have been known to use gasoline-driven pressure washers in certain circumstances. However, many experts discourage the use of such machines for residential homes as there is always the possibility of the nozzle getting clogged with grease or other materials that cause the machine to run slowly or malfunction altogether.
Gas-based pressure washers are extremely popular and can even be classified as a universal household appliance. In these machines, propane or natural gas are used to heat the water and the air is forced through a larger tube or cylinder containing compressed gas. When pressure is applied to the gas, it expands, thus creating high levels of steam. The resulting steam is then released along with the water to the designated area. These pressure washers do not require a large amount of electricity to operate.
Although they come in various shapes and sizes, all pressure washers employ similar principles. A standard gas-powered pressure washer uses a small gasoline-fueled engine to propel a spray of pressurized gas at a very high velocity. Some machines use diesel engines while others use electric motors. Electric pressure washers can also be plugged into an electrical outlet. While the electric models may be less powerful than their gas-powered counterparts, they are far more efficient and require little maintenance.
Depending on the model of pressure washer in question, some come with different accessories that allow them to perform more functions than their predecessors. For example, some models have adjustable pressure; others have heaters that can be operated manually; and still others can be fitted with shower heads and faucets. Most pressure washers require only a standard wrench for operation, and a few are equipped with optional attachments like screwdrivers and bottle openers. This fact, together with the fact that they are very affordable and easy to use, makes them a popular choice among consumers.