Pressure washer articles

These pressure washer articles and videos from Sears PartsDirect will help you get the most from your pressure washer, from choosing the correct spray tip for different projects to winter storage tips. For more DIY advice, check out our pressure washer repair help section for troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step repair guides.

Gas Pressure Washers

Articles and videos common to all gas pressure washers

March 1, 2016
Getting the most from a pressure washer.

Learn how to get the best results when using a pressure washer.

January 1, 2016
Choosing the correct spray tip for a pressure washer

Spray tips vary in pressure and angle of spray. This guide matches the spray tip to the cleaning job.

November 1, 2015
7 steps for winterizing and storing a pressure washer.

Follow this advice to winterize your pressure washer.

November 1, 2015
Solving pressure washer problems.

Learn how to solve simple pressure washer problems.

April 1, 2015
Pressure washer common questions.

See what you can learn from the questions that people most often ask our experts about their pressure washers.

Symptoms for gas pressure washers

Choose a symptom to see related pressure washer repairs.

Main causes: pump running for more than 5 minutes when the spray wand isn't being used, faulty pressure relief valve, bad unloader valve
Main causes: using a high-pressure spray tip when applying detergent, clogged siphon tube, chemical injection system failure
Main causes: faulty unloader valve, bad pressure regulator
Main causes: damaged recoil starter, oil inside cylinder, locked up engine piston
Main causes: stale fuel, gummed up carburetor, engine needs tune up, throttle and choke controls need adjustment, bad recoil starter
Main causes: overfilling engine with oil, improper fuel/air mixture, choke system problems, dirty carburetor, engine needs tune up
Main causes: broken recoil spring, damaged recoil starter
Things to do: tune up the engine, inject pump saver into the water pump when storing the pressure washer for the winter
Main causes: insufficient water supply, clogged water inlet screen, clogged pressure hose, faulty pump check valves, stuck unloader valve

Repair guides for gas pressure washers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your pressure washer.

How to replace a pressure washer unloader valve

The unloader valve recirculates water to protect the pump from damage. If the unloader valve is defective, replace it using the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to install a pressure washer check valve kit

Air in the inlet water supply can damage the check valves. If the pump won’t build up pressure due to damaged check valves, follow these steps to replace the check valves.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 120 minutes or less
April 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a pressure washer pump

The pump can be damaged by air in the inlet water supply or by chemicals that remain in the pump body after using the chemical injection system. Follow these steps to replace a damaged pump.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less