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No Clogging Around: Biodiesel Gunks Up Power Washers

Using biodiesel can be a dangerous and costly mistake for your pressure washer 

Biodiesel is an environmentally-friendly, renewal fuel source used in a variety of diesel engines. But, it’s not friendly to pressure washers. While you think you’re doing something to help the planet, you’re actually damaging your equipment and causing more harm – to the environment and your bottom line.

Made from plant-based oils or animal fats, biodiesel is becoming more readily available throughout the country in a variety of blends. It’s typically made by chemically reacting lipids with an alcohol, producing fatty-acid esters. It’s meant to be used in standard diesel engines alone or blended with petro diesel in any proportion. It can also be used as a great cleaning solvent for standard diesel engines, but using it in a pressure washer has its consequences. Here’s a list of the challenges biodiesel poses to your cleaning investment. 

Why You Shouldn’t Use Biodiesel in Pressure Washers     

*  Biodiesel lacks the same lubricative qualities of petro diesel and does
   not burn completely, causing parts to stick and allowing soot buildup on burner coils.
 
*  It cleans dirt from your engine, but clogs the fuel filter, 
   leading to unnecessary replacement costs.
 
*  Clogging caused by the unburned deposits from the fats within 
   biodiesel reduces airflow, efficiency, and overall equipment life.
 
*  Maintenance and part replacement costs increase. Repetitive use 
   requires synthetic fuel lines and more expensive fuel pumps.
 
*  Burning biodiesel in a pressure washer actually throws off more
   carbon dioxide, countering the intended environmental benefits.
 
*  It’s not suitable for colder temperatures. Starting your pressure
   washer with biodiesel in the cold can be an additional challenge on chilly days. 
 
*  Continued use of a pressure washer clogged with soot or blocked
   components could result in a fire, making it a dangerous alternative. 

Hotsy Carlson has the knowledge and expertise to get non-performing or clogged pressure washers up and running like new with on-site service and repairs. So, don’t leave it to chance – leave it to the experts.  Trust us. We know clean.

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