How to Set Up an Electric Pressure Washer

Last Updated on March 30, 2021 by the staff of TheAllElectricLawn

Do you have an electric pressure washer at home, but you might be a little confused on how to get it set up and running.  If so follow these six easy steps on how to set up an electric pressure washer.

What is a pressure washer used for?

A pressure washer is a machine that increases the water pressure from a residential water spigot to over 1,000 PSI.  The water pressure and an optional cleaning solution can be used to remove unwanted dirt and grime from a variety of objects. You can use a pressure washer to clean a wide range of items.

  • Clean home siding and windows
  • Clean your driveway or sidewalks
  • Clean patio or deck
  • Clean patio or deck furniture
  • Wash your car, atv, or boat

There are so many great uses for a pressure washer, but before you can use the electric pressure washer to its full potential you have to get it set up.  There are many great electric pressure washers available that make setup and use really easy.

Six Easy Steps to Set Up an Electric Pressure Washer

Step 1 – Connect the high-pressure hose to the pressure washer.

Electric pressure washers come with a high-pressure hose that attaches to the pressure washer wand/gun on one end and the pressure washer on the other.

Step 2 – Attach the garden hose

The electric pressure washer needs a water supply, so the best choice is to use your normal garden hose and connect it from a spigot outside your home then connect the other end to the water inlet on the pressure washer.  Making sure to tighten both ends.

Step 3 – Set up the spray gun

Electric pressure washers come with a spray gun.  Most come in two pieces.  You will need to attach the extension or lance onto the spray gun, and twist it to lock it in place.  Most wands have interchangeable nozzles, that have a quick attachment mechanism so you can have different spray patterns.

Also, you will need to attach the high-pressure hose from Step 1 to the spray gun, making sure all connections art tight.

Step 4 – Connect the electric pressure washer to your power outlet

Electric pressure washers require a connection to a power outlet either inside or outside of your home.  Most modern electric pressure washers come with a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) in line with the power cord attached to the pressure.  Make sure the GFCI lights up when you plug it in.  Electricity and water don’t mix, so make sure this working correctly before you use your electric pressure washer.

Step 5 – Turn on the Water

Go back to where you attached your garden hose in Step 2 and turn the water on.  Water will begin to flow to the electric pressure washer.  You do not want to run the electric pressure washer without a sufficient water source as it could possibly damage the high-pressure water pump.

Step 6 – Turn on the Electric Pressure Washer

Press the ON, START, or RUN button.  This will turn the electric pressure washer on, and make it available to use.  Usually, it takes a few seconds for the water pressure to build up once you pull the trigger on the spray gun. Pull the trigger all the way in will give you full power, and releasing the trigger will stop the flow of water and the high-pressure pump will cut off.


What do I do now that I am done?

Well, the good thing is you can follow the above steps in reverse order.

Step 1 – Turn off the Electric Pressure Washer

Press the OFF or STOP button.  This will turn off the electric pressure washer.  Press the trigger on the spray gun to release the pressure built up in the pressure washer.

Step 2 – Turn off the Water Supply

Turn off the water supply the is attached to the garden hose.  You might also want to press the trigger again on the spray gun to remove any excess water in the high-pressure hose and spray gun.

Step 3 – Unplug the Electric Pressure Washer

Now unplug the electric pressure washer power plug from the power outlet.  Store your power plug on your electric pressure washer if it comes with a hook to store the cable.

Step 4 – Unhook the Spray gun

Unhook the spray gun from the high-pressure hose.  Store the spray gun on your pressure washer if it has a holster for the spray gun.  Most models do these days.

Step 5 – Detach the Garden Hose

Detach the garden hose from the pressure washer unit and the spigot from your house.  Let the hose drain to remove any excess water.

Step 6 – Remove the high-pressure hose

Finally, remove the high-pressure hose from the electric pressure washer unit.  Let the hose drain any excess water.  Store the hose on an electric pressure washer if it comes with a hose reel or hose loop.

I need to see that in action

If you are like me then you might want to see all of these steps in a visual.  Well, take a look at the following video, which shows these steps in action.

If you followed the steps above you should be well on your way to how to set up an electric pressure washer. You can then take advantage of all the great cleaning power you can get from an electric pressure washer.  You won’t regret learning these easy steps and getting your personal cleaning machine ready for your next task.


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