Pressure washers are incredible for cleaning a lot of things around the house. However, if you have been using the same pressure washer for years, you will see that the hose is leaking after some time. Well, you are not the only person facing this problem. But the good news is that it is easy to patch a pressure washer hose and make it work again, just like before.
Just make sure you are sticking with me until the end of the guide to find out the correct steps for repairing a hose. Keep reading!
How to Repair a Hole in Pressure Washer Hose?
If you think you can easily repair a hole in the pressure washer hose using the duct tape lying on your corner shelf, I am sorry to say, but that is not the right way to fix the hose. Firstly, the pressure washer hose runs under a lot of pressure applied by the water.
Hence, if you use duct tape, it will soon peel off and give rise to the same problem again. It is not only frustrating to use a broken hose but also risky for the user.
If the hole persists in the hose, it will cause water leakage at a low pressure, which is strong enough to cause deadly injuries. Therefore, you should not be experimenting with the repairing process and use the correct ways to fix the hose.
Below, I have discussed the steps to repair the pressure washer hose without contacting a mechanic.
1. Protect Yourself First
I know the first thing you would want to do when you see the hose is broken is fix it. But before that, you should be ensuring that you are safe, especially if the machine was switched on during the discovery. In that case, please switch off the pressure washer and unplug it from the power source immediately.
2. Dry the Hose
Even after the machine is unplugged, it may hold some water inside, so make sure you’re draining it all out. To drain all the water, press the hose trigger until all the water comes out. The dry hose will be easier to repair and safer for the user.
3. Find Out Where the Leakage Lies
If you do not know where the problem lies, there is no point in repairing it. So take the hose in your hand, see from where the water is leaking from, and then dry the area. As I have said before, the hose must be completely dried before you start repairing it.
4. Cut the Hose Carefully
This step will require your utmost attention. Here, you need to cut the hose using a blade; make sure you cut it in square shape. Also, a sharp blade is required for the cut so that it is neat and straight.
5. Collect the Materials Required for Coupling
As I have already mentioned before, you cannot fix your hose with duct tape. So then, what else do you need for the repair? Well, you will have to buy a coupling or gate compression fitting for the hose, which can be easily found in any offline or online store.
However, not every coupling is right for the hose you use in your pressure washer. To pick the right size, measure the hose diameter and then buy the fitting. Usually, the hose diameter is around 0.25″, but it is still better that you check before visiting the store.
In this step, you need to create a compression seal using the fitting you got from the store. While doing so, divide the fitting into two major parts- male and female coupling.
7. Pair the Fitting
When handling the female coupling, remember that it can be fixed only by using counterclockwise spins. First, you need to use an adjustable wrench to tighten the female repair coupling. The hose is visible from the other end as you reach the bottom. At that point, you need to release the coupling with a ¼ turn.
Repeat the steps with the male repair coupling and make sure it fits inside the tubing properly. Both the female and male repair coupling must be tight enough to ensure the seal is strong for bearing the high pressure.
8. Seal the Repair
After tightening the coupling, use Teflon tape to secure the seal. Finally, complete the repair process by screwing the M22 adaptor on the hose.
I hope the guide helped you learn the right ways to repair a pressure washer hose. As you can see, it is not that difficult to fix the hose by yourself.
I create these DIY guides so that using a pressure washer becomes easier even for beginners. However, if you are still unsure whether you can do the job alone, a professional mechanic is always there to help you. Have you repaired a broken hose before? Share your experience with me!