The Difference Between Hot and Cold Pressure Washers and Why It's Important.
If you're unsure whether a hot or cold water pressure washer might be better suited for the type of job you'll be working on, allow us to first share some advantages and disadvantages of each.
Advantages and Disadvantages of HOT Water Pressure Washers:
- Cut through heavy dirt, debris, greases and oil, much faster, with less effort and time than cold water power washers.
- With hot water, you can typically cut your pressure and cleaning time in half with a better level of clean.
- Often more expensive than cold water power washers.
- They tend to be heavier than cold water power washers.
- Diesel is typically used as the fuel for the burner system. This means you'll have to purchase diesel fuel or have it on hand to keep your burner system running. For those in industries such as farming and construction, this may be a benefit as these industries more-often tend to have diesel fuel nearby for their machinery.
- Ensuring you have proper ventilation for a hot water pressure washer is essential due to the exhaust emitted.
Advantages and Disadvantages of COLD Water Pressure Washers:
- They're often less expensive than hot water pressure washers.
- They can be more portable; they're easier to move in and out of vehicles and around your yard or facility.
- Typically have less maintenance issues due to less mechanical parts on the pressure washer.
- Depending on the type of job, they may clean less efficiently than hot water pressure washers.
- For most applications, it often takes more pressure and time to get surfaces clean with cold water.
A hot water vs. cold water pressure washer can make a big difference in the effort you may have to put forth to clean, so it's important to choose wisely dependent upon how you'll use it, but pressure and flow (or PSI and GPM) will also have an impact. Learn more about why pressure and flow are important to your cleaning efforts in selecting the right pressure washer.
Other helpful articles:
Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for the Job
Gas vs. Electric Pressure Washers
Pressure Washer PSI and GPM: What They Mean and Why They're Important
Recommendations for Buying a Pressure Washer