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How to Start a Pressure Washer – Step-by-Step Guide

Pressure washers are incredible tools for cleaning outdoor surfaces, helping to strip away grime, dirt, and debris with ease. However, for those unfamiliar, starting one can seem intimidating. If you’ve recently acquired a pressure washer or are considering one, this guide is tailored for you on how to start a pressure washer properly. Here, we’ll walk through the steps to get your machine up and running, along with tips for safe operation and maintenance.

Understanding Your Pressure Washer

Before we jump into starting the machine, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the various components and specs of your pressure washer (in this case Active 2.3):

  • Power Source: Active 2.3 pressure washers are electric powered with an induction motor. 
  • Water Supply: This connects to your garden hose and supplies water to the unit which will operate at 2.3 GPM and 1100 PSI.
  • High-Pressure Hose: This hose delivers the high-pressure water from the pump to the nozzle.
  • Spray Gun: This is where you control the spray, with a trigger to release water.
  • Nozzle Tips: Active pressure washers come with various nozzle tips for different types of cleaning tasks.

Step 1: Safety First

Before starting your pressure washer, safety must be your top priority:

  • Wear protective eyewear and gloves to safeguard against flying debris.
  • Ensure all connections are secure, including the water supply hose and high-pressure hose.
  • Check the surrounding area to make sure it’s free of obstructions and unsuspecting bystanders, especially pets and children.

Step 2: Connect to Water Supply

  1. Connect your garden hose to the water supply valve on your pressure washer.
  2. Ensure the connection is tight to prevent leaks. A leak at the connection can reduce the water pressure and the effectiveness of your washer.
  3. Turn on the water supply to allow water to flow through the system, removing any air trapped inside.

Step 3: Start the Pressure Washer

  • Plug in your pressure washer to a suitable electrical outlet.
  • Press the ‘ON’ button to start the engine.

Step 4: Begin Spraying

  1. Test the spray gun by pointing it at a safe area.
  2. Squeeze the trigger to start spraying. Initially, use a low-pressure setting or nozzle to get a feel for the pressure.
  3. Adjust the nozzle or settings as needed based on the cleaning task.

Maintenance Tips Post-Use

After each use:

  • Turn off the machine and disconnect it from the power source.
  • Drain any remaining water and detach the hose.
  • Clean the nozzles and check for any clogs or debris.
  • Store your pressure washer in a dry, safe place to avoid any damage.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Engine won’t start: Ensure it is pluged preporly to a good power outlet. Still not, then contact Active Products customer service division.
  • Low pressure: Verify that the water supply is adequate and that there are no kinks in the hose or leaks in the connections.
  • Pulsating spray: This often means there’s air in the hose. Turn off the machine, release the trigger to let water run through for a minute, and then restart.

Wrapping It Up

Starting your Active 2.3 pressure washer correctly is key to effective operation and longevity of the machine. By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your cleaning tasks are as efficient and safe as possible. Remember, regular maintenance is crucial; it keeps your pressure washer running smoothly and prolongs its life.

Whether you’re cleaning your driveway, decking, or garden furniture, your Active 2.3 electric pressure washer is a powerful ally. With the right start-up process and care, it will serve you well for years to come. Happy cleaning!