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Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop

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Formerly PaMike

11-08-2013 16:45:51
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I currently have a cold water pressure washer. In the wintertime I run the "pump saver" through it to push the water out so it can be stored in an unheated area. I am thinking of buying a hot water washer. Can you do the same thing with these? I would think it would be hard to push all the water out of the coil, so that when the water freezes things don't get damaged...




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DScott

11-11-2013 16:02:09
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
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On my M-T-M hot water washer there is a drain at the lowest point to get the water out of the coil. I when I finish a project I run antifreeze into the pump to prevent freezing and corrosion. This was what I was told to do at the service center after it locked up on me after sitting. My has been stored in an unheated shop for several years like this.

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1130Leo

11-11-2013 11:54:39
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I set mine up with a cheap tankless water heater, one of those on demand types from Alaska Tankless Water Heater, it was cheap, and when not in use you can easily set it up to drain all the water out, no worries about freezing and breaking.



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jeffcat

11-09-2013 21:11:41
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
When you store them it is real easy to take an empty "drained" water hose, hook it up to your pressure washer or hotsey unit, and fill it with RV antifreeze. Use a funnel. Run the water just enough till it stops blowin air out of your nozzel. That way you have RV antifreeze with a little water filling the system. I don,t like automotive cause of the poison potential. Has worked on everything I got. Jeffcat.

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JMS/.MN

11-08-2013 22:30:20
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
IDK what brand hot water cleaner I have, but the water reservoir is an open top.....connected to a water hose with a float valve. I just pour anti- freeze into the res, and pump it thru til green AF comes out the nozzle. Been working for several years.



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Frank 41

11-08-2013 20:08:29
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
Alkota recommends drain, blow air through it, and dump in straight antifreeze then run it until it comes out. It is expensive but so was the washer.



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John T

11-08-2013 19:48:43
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I have used Winshield Washer Anti Freeze solution and RV Anti Freeze, never had any problem using either

John T



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Michael Soldan

11-09-2013 07:30:09
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to John T, 11-08-2013 19:48:43  
I'm with you,good windshield washer fluid will more than do the job,I pour it into the water inlet until it starts blowing it out the noozle,then I pack it away on the cement floor of an unheated shop..never had a problem...and some anti freeze is not recommender for plastic,some is not recommended for metal/copper etc...but windshield washer fluid is neutral to all those problems.



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Cas

11-08-2013 18:51:36
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I also use RV antifreeze in my Karcher. The peace of mind is cheap insurance.



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NCWayne

11-08-2013 17:51:27
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I can"t remember if Dad"s came with it, or whether we put it inline after the fact, but on his Hotsy, at the lowest point in the system (below the coil), there is a tee fitting with a plug. Pretty much as force of habit, whether it"s summer or winter we, we simply remove the plug and let the water drain out of it after each use. So far it"s survived about 12 winters like this with no problems. That said what we used was a high pressure rated T with a plug that uses an allen wrench to take it out, and just leave the allen wrench lying there, on the body of the Hotsy, so it"s always available.

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danmcdonald

11-08-2013 17:17:54
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I have been using RV antifreeze in mine for years for winter storage.



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David G

11-08-2013 16:48:32
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to Formerly PaMike, 11-08-2013 16:45:51  
I would air blow it good



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Rustyj14

11-08-2013 18:13:45
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 Re: Hot Pressure Washer-Storing in unheated shop in reply to David G, 11-08-2013 16:48:32  
If ya aren"t going to use some kind of anti-freeze in it, or drain it well, then you had best store it in a heated room! No use taking chances! It might not be easy, but replacing the unit will be costly. Ya can"t fight Mother Nature! She ain"t the forgiving type! RJ



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