Need local pressure washer repair? I know how frustrating it can be when your unit isn’t working, so I wrote this page full of my pro tips to help you get your pressure washer repaired quickly.
If your pressure washer won’t start, you’re have rough engine/pump performance, or you’re losing water pressure, the first thing you want to do is check to see if you’re still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Pressure washer warranties vary greatly, from brand to brand. And model to model. And quite often, the engine & pump have separate warranties. You might have a pressure washer with a two year engine warranty & one year pump warranty.
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So double-check your owner’s manual to see if you’re still under warranty and covered for local pressure washer repair by the manufacturer. Don’t have your owner’s manual? That’s ok – take a look at the service plate/name plate that’s next to your engine. It’s usually a 2” x 3” silver sticker or metal plate that has your model number, serial number, manufacturing date code – and 800 service number.
When you call the 800 number, they can tell you if your pressure washer is still under warranty. And if it is, they’ll give you the information about a local authorized service center in your area who will do the repairs for free.
Ok, what if you’re out of warranty….. but you’re still having pump or engine problems? Now what do you do? In that case, I have different recommendations based on the type of pressure washer you have:
If you have one of those popular & economical electric pressure washers, like a Karcher, you should know that you probably can’t replace a defective/worn out pump on these units. Many of these electric washers have wobble pumps that are not replaceable. If your pump is broken or worn out, you’ll need to buy a completely new washer. But at price points averaging $150-$220, they’re not too expensive to replace.
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But, if you have a more expensive gas pressure washer, you have more options for local pressure washer repair:
First, you can locate an equipment repair shop, or authorized repair center, in your local area & ask them to look at your washer and give you a repair quote.
To give you an example: we have a local Sears about 15 miles away and they have a Drop Off Service Location there. Basically, I can drop my gas pressure washer off at the Sears service center & for a $99 Diagnostic Fee they will assess the problem & give me a quote for parts & labor. If I decide to let Sears do the work, the $99 Diagnostic Fee will be applied toward the total costs of the work. But if the problem is unfixable, or I decide not to let Sears do the work, the $99 is un-refundable.
Or you can contact an independent service shop to get a quote for repairs. Some shops charge for a quote – some don’t. But, in my area, shop rates average about $60 to $75/hour, so shop repair can add up pretty quickly when you include the price of replacement parts.
And since you can usually, pick up a brand new, quality gas pressure washer for around $300 - $450, you really have the weight the cost of repair versus the cost of replacement. You may feel that you can justify spending $100 - $150 bucks for repairs, but maybe not spending $250. As always, the choice is yours.
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If your engine is still working well, but the problem is with your pump, you’ll want to consider just replacing the pump. Really. A worn-out or damaged pump is the #1 reason for pressure washer failure & getting a replacement pump is easy. You can find a quality replacement pump for about $100. And replacement pumps are ridiculously easy to install – usually it’s just a matter of removing 3 or 4 bolts. As long as the PSI and bolt pattern for your new pump matches your old pump – it’s very easy to switch out your defective pump!
If you’re interesting in learning more about Sears power washer diagnostic & repair service, you can follow this link: http://www.searshomeservices.com/power-washers/repair
I hope my pro tips have helped find the local pressure washer repair advice you need to get your unit up & running!
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