Every pressure washer works the same, barring having one or two unique features in some and some of them not having those features. Therefore, the issues with them, after a few uses, are pretty much the same, of course, barring the exceptions. So, if the problems with the pressure washer are the same, the solution will be similar too. Unless the problem is too intricate with the pressure washer, anyone can solve it all by oneself.
There is hardly any need to contact a professional or take the pressure washer to the servicing center spending money and time. Now, the question arises whether we can solve issues going on with Greenworks Pressure Washers as we can do with most of the other pressure washers. And the answer to that query is yes, we can, and Greenworks pressure washer troubleshooting is as easy as it can get.
So, what are the most common issues that we face with the Greenworks pressure washer, and how can we solve them within hours, in some cases, even minutes, let’s have a look right below.
Greenworks Pressure Washer Troubleshooting
Issue #1 – Pressure Washer Doesn’t Turn On
The first and most common issue with the Greenworks Pressure Washer has to be when it refuses to turn on. Its motor just doesn’t start even after multiple tries. There could be many reasons for it, and the most common one could be you haven’t used it for a long time. In such cases, such appliances take extra time to start.
Other than that, there are other reasons as well. Let’s get into those intricacies and their troubleshooting one by one.
You Haven’t Used It for Too Long – Not using it for too long, and the machine not starting for that reason doesn’t mean it’s damaged. Keep the cord plugged in and time and again, try to restart it. Please do not overdo it, but try a few times and give it a rest. Then once again, perhaps, after half an hour, try to check whether it’s starting or not. If not then, try the next day again but do not just conclude it’s a damaged machine that needs to be thrown out or needs to be taken for servicing.
In most cases, the motor must be failing to cope with the power reaching it, hence failing to start. But after a couple of tries, it will surely start.
Mundane Reasons – When a pressure washer doesn’t start, we mostly think it must be something very complex. But many times, the most mundane of reasons can cause the pressure washer’s running failure. Like, you might have forgotten to turn on the power button. Check both the switches where you have plugged the cord in as well as the one on the pressure washer. Even if it seems fine, switch it off and then turn it on again.
Next, it could be a loose plug as well. So, try and remove it from the socket and once again plug it on tightly. Then, see whether the pressure washer starts or not. Then, it could be the power supply as well. The outlet might not have enough power to run the motor. So, make sure you have enough power supply to operate the Greenworks Pressure Washers.
If you have installed a GFCI plug and doubt it could be it, then simply restart it and then plug the pressure washer on, and the pressure washer will start working, most likely.
Tripped Components – Now, let’s get into the comparatively crucial part of the troubleshooting. After an extended use in cleaning sessions, it’s not too unlikely that different components in the pressure washer might get damaged and tripped. So, if the motor or the pressure washer is not starting after the above tries, then find out if there are any tripped components inside or outside the pressure washer.
It could be the temperature or the circuit breaker. If it’s the former, you will notice that the pressure washer is heating up even though the motor is not starting. So, let it cool down and try again to restart it. And if it’s the latter, you will have to continue squeezing the trigger gun keeping the pressure washer switched off. Continue pressing it till it provides a regular water flow, and then try restarting the pressure washer.
Issue #2 – Noisy Pump
A loose connection causes air to pass through the pump and makes the pump noisy. Then if you have a dirty water filter blocked by muck and dirt, even then, the pump makes weird noises.
If It’s the Air – You just need to block the air from getting into the pump or the pressure washer. The whole inner portion, pump, and fittings require a strict air-tight condition to work smoothly. So, if the pump is making annoying noises or pulsating, check the connections, tighten them if needed. The airtightness also ensures the water doesn’t leak from the connections.
If It’s the Water Filter – First and foremost, make sure you use a filter in your main water supply so that dirty water doesn’t even reach the pressure washer pump. If you do not have it and muck and dirt have reached the pump, you will have to clean the pump thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Issue #3 – Pressure Washer Fails to Reach High pressure
The first thing that comes to one’s mind if the pressure washer is not spraying in high pressure is the water supply. In most cases, water supply in the households or other areas is just fine, and if not, you know if your water supply is going low for some reason. So, it could be one of the reasons, but there are other more legit reasons.
Nozzle’s Position – Both the low position and high-pressure position of the nozzle can cause the pressure washer not to reach high pressure while spraying water. And the solution is just to switch the position. If it’s in a low position, turn it to the high position and vice versa.
The immediate shift will make the pressure washer reach the high pressure and solve the issue. A clogged nozzle also obstructs the high water pressure. So, check whether it’s blocked with dirt or rust. If it is, then clean it thoroughly, and the pressure washer will work at high pressure in no time.
Clogging with Cleaning Agent – To clean with a pressure washer, we also use cleaning agents. And due to the prolonged use of such agents, the compartment, tank, tube, hose, and wand get clogged. Thus, low pressure in the pressure washer. Always get rid of all the cleaning agents mixed with water from the pressure washer after every use.
Do not use cleaning agents directly in the tank. Rather properly deconcentrate it with enough water. These will prevent the components from clogging up with detergent gunk and ensure optimum performance from the pressure washer. If you somehow have gunk inside the tank, even after proper maintenance, clean the parts with warm water thoroughly and get rid of the residue.
Issue #4 – Leakages
Any and every possible component can leak when it comes to a pressure washer. It could be the garden hose, the spray gun, the wand, the nozzles, even the pump. If it’s not the water, then it could be oil leakage from the tank as well. However, in every case, the reason is the same. Either the connections are not tight enough, or the seal, o-ring, rubber washer, or plastic inserts are damaged and require replacement.
If It’s the Loose Connections – Try checking every outlet and inlet whether you have appropriately tightened them or not. Start with the garden hose connections, then continue checking the spray gun, wand, and nozzle, one by one. Remove the hose, gun, wand, and nozzle and concentrate on properly putting them on, slowly twisting and tightening. In the case of the nozzles, it could be a rusty or dirty nozzle too.
So, if it’s fitted well yet not working, then clean it well to remove the dirt and rust and then use it to spray water through the pressure washer.
If It’s the Seals in The Components – After you have re-tightened the connections and they are still leaking water, check the seals. Either the seals are inaptly placed and have space breaking the seal. Or due to prolonged use, they have worn off and require replacements. While replacing the o-rings or washers, make sure you are purchasing those that fit the Greenworks Pressure Washer.
Avoid using random, low-quality stuff. It only proves to be detrimental to the pressure washer. You can take suggestions from the helpline and know which specific type you need to purchase to replace the o-rings and washers. Then you also need to know how to do it. It’s, of course, easy but requires a steady and careful attempt.
So, work accordingly. Similarly, if the oil is dripping from the pressure washer, check the oil seals, and if you notice a slight tear or wear-off, take no time to replace it with a new one because we do not need any waste of fuel.
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Finally, those were some of the common issues that you can face with Greenworks Pressure Washers, and we have provided the troubleshooting of those as well in detail. Instead of working with an annoying, somewhat broken pressure washer, try our ways to fix it, save bucks and enjoy continuous trouble-free cleaning sessions of your house, garage, conveyance, lawns, and so forth.