Here is some frequently asked questions about pressure washers faults by our customers. If you don't see what you are looking for or have a specific question about a product or our service please call us on 015395 66193 or 07710968275. Alternatively, you could submit your question on our enquiry form here
Why has the pressure dropped on my pressure washer?
It's likely the lance jet needs replacing or pump seals/ valves. Check for any high-pressure leaks.
Do I need new pump seals?
Often you can try force feeding the pump with water from a tap supply and look around the pump head for leaks. If its leaking new seals are needed as air can be drawn into the pump. Seals can become slack on the piston which reduces pressure.
Why does the pressure washer keep surging when the gun is released?
Most pressure washers work using trapped line pressure to stop / start the machine. If the hose, gun, unloader etc has a small leak then the pressure washer will surge.
Which Hot water pressure washer do I need?
Pressure washers produce either hot or cold water.
Cold pressure washers are ideal for removing dirt.
However, if the surface you are cleaning is mixed with oil or grease, a cold water pressure washer won't clean as well as a hot water pressure washer.
Hot water cuts through the grease and oil better than a cold pressure washer.
Decide on either 240v, 110v or 415v. A 240v machine is the most common but has a limit on performance due to the amount of load the 13-amp supply can take. As standard 12 liters, a minute at 100 bar is the most effective compromise of water volume and pressure for that supply of electric.
415v 3 phase hot pressure washer will allow for a larger pressure and volume of water. Typically, 15 litres at 200 bar is a standard performance, increasing to 21 litres at 200 bar.
Below are some basic questions to ask yourself before committing to a Hot Pressure washer purchase. Choosing the wrong system is an expensive mistake to make. It's always best to talk about your requirements with an expert in the industry. Preferably call us at Flowjet Cleaning Equipment.
• Decide on voltage needed.
• Normally kerosene is used to heat the water.
• Decide if kerosene can be used on-site or whether you need to look at electrically heated machines.
• Does the pressure washer need to be mobile or static?
• Will the pressure washer be sited in or outside?
• How many people will be using it?
• Do you need to foam the chemical?
• Do you need to have different lance attachments?
• What temperature do you require?
• How much pressure are you needing?
• Will you be needing high pressure chemical / timed or on / off switch?
• Does the machine need to shut its self-down if un attended?
• Are there any service dealers that cover your area if it breaks down?
Why has the pump oil has gone a milky colour?
The oil has emulsified which means it has mixed with the water pump. New water seals and oil seals would fix. Also check the piston for cracks
Why has the burner stopped working on my Hot pressure washer?
Answer: Some possible causes;
• Contained fuel
• Level switch not working in fuel tank
• Electrodes Worn
• Magic eye faulty
• Not enough pump pressure
• Pressure switch or thermostat faulty
• Dirty Fuel filter
• Blocked Fuel jet or faulty fuel pump
• Fuel pump drive worn
• Faulty 240v / 24v solenoid
Why does the water pressure vibrate or chatter down the hose?
It is likely that the pump valves have debris in.
Why does the pressure washer turn on but no water comes out?
It is possible that there is a blockage in the pressure washer hose, gun or lance jet. Air could be drawn in by either a chemical valve or loose hose clip on the inlet side of the pump.
Why does my pressure washer not get hot ?
Check if the correct fuel is in the fuel tank
Make sure that clean fuel is in the machine
Check to see if the boiler electrodes are sparking at the end of the electrode.
Check to see if fuel is spraying out of the fuel jet in the boiler
Check to see if the blower motor is working
Floor Scrubber Driers
Which Floor Scrubber Drier should I get?
Ask yourself the following questions;
• Do you clean hourly, daily, weekly, monthly?
• How do you clean at the moment?
• What Is the result you are looking for? - Improved cleaner floors or improved quicker cleaning time.
• What is the budget?
• How many square meters needs to be cleaned?
• Do you have racking / shelving in this area?
• What is the distance between racking?
• What is the distance from the wall to end of racking?
• What is the access/door size width/height to this area?
• Is It ground floor, 2nd level, or mezzanine?
• Is there a lift? (What is the size/weight limit of lift - machine dimensions?)
• What is the floor surface? - concrete, tile, non-slip etc (Disc-cylindrical-pad)
• Where is the tap point for solution filling?
• Where is the drain to empty/discharge waste water?
• Are there people working in this area? (in-built charger-acid battery charging!
• Are there any obstacles in the area?
Which Floor Sweeper should I buy?
• Cleaning inside or out (determining power - battery, diesel, petrol or dual power)
• How many square meters to sweep?
• What will they be emptying the waste into - blue bins - green
• What type/size of debris to sweep
• Sweeping in a warehouse, racking - gangways - overhead height
• Determine sweep width - pedestrian or ride on for turning, door access, Sweeping inside & out - (solution - Dual Power - battery/diesel)
• Floor surface type
• Where are battery chargers kept - (determining external or on board chargers)
• Sweeping up Ramps- (climb angle)
What is the clarification on Atex Standard?
INDUSTRIAL ATEX VACUUM - the following is taken from the HSE website. You can read the full article here
If the material being collected is combustible, it will be mixed with large amounts of air within the vacuum cleaner. This will form a cloud of dust and vapours inside the machine, and all of this will then produce an explosive environment. Vacuum cleaners produce static electricity as the dust passes through the machine. Conventional vacuum cleaner motors also produce sparks from carbon brushes whilst running, so now we have the 3 main elements for producing an explosion resulting in a very serious incident.
The ATEX approval will be specific to the category of equipment and nature of the risk, 'combustible gas, vapour or dust etc', considering the particular hazardous zone.
'Zone 21 - Zone 22 - Zone 1 - Zone 2'.
ZONE CLASSIFICATION FOR GASES-VAPOURS & MIST.
Zone 0: a place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances are in the form of gas, vapour or mist that is present continuously or for long periods.
Zone 1: a place in which an explosive atmosphere, consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist is likely to occur in normal operation, occasionally.
Zone 2: a place in which an explosive atmosphere, consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of, gas, vapour or mist, is not likely to occur in normal operation, but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period of time.
ZONE CLASSIFICATIONS FOR DUSTS:
Zone 20: a place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is present continuously, or for long periods.
Zone 21: a place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is likely to occur in normal operation, occasionally.
Zone 22: a place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is not likely to occur in normal operation, but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period of time only.
DELIVERY AND PAYMENT TERMS
What are your delivery rates and terms?
We will make every effort to deliver orders next day on cleared funds if the order is processed before 2 pm. Sometimes errors in our stock levels can occur so if you need the item for next day, please get in touch and ask. We will try to inform you of any issues regarding stock levels and delivery times. Time for delivery is always given in good faith as an indication and we shall not be liable for any consequential and indirect losses, expenses or damages in whatever manner caused by late or non-delivery of goods. For heavier items which require more than one person to carry and any lifting equipment necessary will be your responsibility to arrange and at no cost to us. We are only obliged to offload the goods onto a hard ground reasonably close to the delivery address and you shall be responsible for the distribution of the goods delivered. You shall have no right to refuse a delivery and shall arrange for a member of your household who is over 18 years old to sign for delivery. In the event that you suspect that the goods are lost or damaged in transit, please contact us immediately. Upon delivery, all risks of the goods shall pass to you so it is your responsibility to keep the goods safe and undamaged and to possess appropriate insurance to cover them.
Built to order products cannot be cancelled , you must make sure that the information provided by you and any information provided by us (e.g. specifications and items in our quotation) are correct and suitable for your use before you place an order with us.
You must also inspect the goods as soon as possible upon delivery. In the event of damage, faulty goods or short supply, you shall notify us in writing as soon as possible and in all cases within seven days from the date of delivery of any alleged damage, fault or shortage. If you do not comply with this provision, you shall be deemed to have accepted the goods. We shall be afforded an opportunity to inspect and make good the supply. Should the alleged problem be proven, our liability shall be limited to making good the fault, replacing the goods or refunding the price at our absolute discretion. We shall be under no liability whatever to you for any consequential or indirect loss and/or expense (including loss of profit and extra labour costs) suffered by you arising out of the proven problem.
Nothing in this Term shall restrict or exclude any liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or affect your statutory rights dealing as a consumer
What are your payment terms?
The Price payable by you is that as advertised on the website and confirmed by us. The payment shall be made via PAYPAL by Visa, Mastercard, Visa Delta and Maestro cards or direct by either BACS or cheque. A 2% charge applies when paying over the phone with credit card. Despite an order and the payment being made by you, all contracts of sales are completed when we issue our acceptance of your order. We reserve our right to refuse an order for reasons including but not limited to unavailability, wrong price being advertised or incorrect pricing information from our supplier.
Administration charges will apply if the product is going overseas at a cost of £25 Two payments are required . (1) for the amount on the invoice excluding post to your country (2) 2nd Payment is needed when we can correctly price the shipping. On completion on cleared funds only then we will send you the item.
Payment will be taken at the point of sale.
VAT will be charged at the UK rate when checking out.
Consumer's Right of Cancellation
As a consumer, you have a statutory right to cancel the contract at any time until seven working days after the day following delivery. You must however understand that this statutory right of cancellation does not apply to orders which are built to order or built to your specific requirements.
This right is also subject to our following Return Procedure:
The product must be in new, unused and in a resalable condition.
You must inform us of the cancellation within 5 days, we shall then inform you of a return reference number and the location to where the goods should be returned.
It is your responsibility to return the cancelled order with its original packing at your own cost. Should this not be convenient for you, you may request us to collect the goods and we are entitled to charge for the collection service.
We shall make a refund for any goods returned under this term within a reasonable time, using the same method of payment as your purchase with a deduction of a re-stocking charge of 20% and a collection charge, if any.