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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: karcher k7.80 pressure washr
I have a Karcher K 3.86 M electric PW with a similar problem: water leaks from the pump near the outlet and the pressure surges on and off continuously at intervals of 1-2 seconds. The leak appears to be coming from a very thin crack in the plastic pump head in what I think is the "unloader" valve portion. I read elsewhere that if you leave water in these PW's and it freezes it will crack, causing leaks. I don't know how you can empty all the water out so I think we must store these PW's in areas that won't freeze in winter.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
SOURCE: Karcher electric pressure washer
Dear mike husband,
One reasin for this fault could be a damaged lance or turbo lance. Try by replacing with new ones. If the problem is not solved, then the fault is due to a damaged spill valve. The spill valve could easily be damaged by using not suitable chemical or detergents. After using chemical detergents, one must always rinse the machine by passing pure water. The spill valve could also be damaged by leaving the machine for a long time with pressure in the system. One must never store such machines with pressure still inside. Always press the gun before storing.
Well the solution is to change the spill valve with a new one. In some cases even faulty suction valves can give this problem. But in the majority of cases it is the spill valve.
If you do not know how to fix this problem, it is better to be done by an expirienced technician.
Posted on Nov 05, 2008
I have the same problem. With mine I have to remove the tip that I am using then pull the trigger and then replace the tip and pull and pressure should return. I believe that one of my valves is sticking causing me to reprime the pump frequently. I am trying to clean or replace my valves to fix the problem.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 25, 2009
One simple thing you can do, is to check for leaks. Check if hose at machine is leaking. Check gun if it is leaking. You can also check if water still comes out of lance nozzel. These leaks however so small, will cause the machine to surge.
Another reason is due to a faulty SPILL VALVE. This spill valve( often called CONTROL VALVE) will contract when the gun is closed. When it contracts under the enclosed pressure it will switch off the machine by means of a Micro Switch. Now if this Spill valve is faulty it will loose its compression under pressure and puts on the micro switch again. This can be seen once in a while or more frequent, as in your case. I sometimes do service Spill Valves, but mostly I replace them with a new one. I do not know the model number of your machine, but normally you have to open the cover and you should spot the spill valve on the head. Most probably you see a thick wire or a cap containing the micro swith. If you find the micro switch, you have found the spill valve. Sometimes it is a bit hard to pull out the spill valve. Myself, in various Karcher models I remove the spill valve by trying to feed water and put on a bit the machine. In this way the spill valve will be spitted out.
Another reason which makes your machine surge, is leakage from from the detergent inlet.
If you do not see no leakages at all....then for sure it is the SPILL VALVE.
If you cannot do this job yourself or you do not find spare parts...you can continue using the machine as it is...but before closing the gun...switch off the electricity. I only recommend this in an emergency. You do this so that you do not leave the machine surging. This surge will for sure damage the electric motor and the capacitor (assuming it is single phase).
Posted on May 30, 2009
Many of the models of Karcher machines, have a valve that under pressure...will compress and at the same time it will let water by-pass and circulating inside the head. As this valve compresses it also puts off a micro switch. This all happens when the gun is closed. This valve is called a SPILL VALVE or sometimes a CONTROL VALVE. Now for various reasons (example you store the machine with pressure in the system)....the seals of this Spill Valve get damaged. So you can have a problem in which the machine stays off....or a problem like yours...the machine continues running with gun closed. Your problem with gun closed...the spill Valve is not compressing and therefore not stoping the machine. At first when this happened it caused a fault also in your machine's valves. The gun was closed...pressure grew high...and this burst the intake valves for sure.
So my advice is that the spill valve must be renewed and also the intake valves. You must also check the Miro-Switch to see if it got stuck in the on position. If micro-switch is faulty, this also must be renewed. The Spill Valve is often located where you find a micro-switch holder with an electrical wire coming out. When you find this micro-switch...detach it from machine...then put on machine for a few minutes and press micro switch to see if machine stops. If machine stops...then at least Miro-Switch is OK. Always do these tests with electrical protective clothing, Shoes and Gloves!! Now if your machine does not have a micro-switch...then you have a spill valve which only by-passes water. This type of spill valve also needs checking and if need be renewed.
In a few simple words, the spill valve does all the work after one has opened or closed the gun. Sometimes by changing the spill valve only....the pressure will get back to normal. If not ...suction and delivery valves must be checked.
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
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