GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working

6 Reasons GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working: Fixed!

When it comes to outdoor cleaning, GreenWorks pressure washers are truly a breeze. They handle tough outdoor stains, grease, and grime like a magic wand. To further, simplify your cleaning jobs, employ a pressure washer detergent for that perfect shine that adds to your curb appeal. Not only does a pressure washer detergent speed up your cleaning process, but it also helps you save more water and consequently causes less damage to your surfaces.

However, there are quite a few instances when you find your GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working. This is where you can feel the frustration when you are all set to work on the accumulated filth of the outdoors with all the necessary arrangements and equipment. Although, it is feasible to continue with the job without the soap, it is advised that you fix your soap dispenser to make the most of your precious time, energy, and the equipment itself.

In an earlier post, we dealt with most of the GreenWorks pressure washer troubleshooting, and this post will help you identify common reasons for your GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working, their possible solutions, from being as simple as unclogging the nozzle to more crucial ones like an unmaintained soap injector.

However, before we delve into identifying and troubleshooting, it is equally important to know how to use the GreenWorks pressure washer soap dispenser.

How to use GreenWorks Pressure Washer soap dispenser? Step-by-Step Guide

Dispensing soap from a pressure washer involves using the GreenWorks pressure washer soap dispenser or chemical injector to mix soap or detergent with water and apply it to the surface you want to clean. Here are the steps explaining how to use GreenWorks Pressure washer soap dispenser

1.      Get the pressure washer ready

Verify that the pressure washer is configured and prepared for use. This entails making sure the pressure washer is in good operating order, that the hose and spray cannon are correctly attached, and that it is connected to a water source.

2.      Make the Right Soap or Detergent Selection

Select a detergent or soap that is made especially to be used with pressure washers. Selecting the right soap guarantees the best possible cleaning outcomes and guards against machine damage.

3.      Fill the GreenWorks Pressure Washer Soap tank

There is a GreenWorks pressure washer soap tank attached to almost all the GreenWorks pressure washer models. Add the required amount of soap or detergent to this GreenWorks soap tank. To find out more about the precise amounts and compatibility of soap, refer to the user manual that came with your pressure washer.

4.      Switch the pressure washer to soap mode (If possible)

Certain pressure washers feature a specific mode or nozzle setting for applying soap. Go to the soap mode on your pressure washer if it offers this feature.

5.      Fasten the soap application nozzle

Connect the individual soap application nozzle that comes with your pressure washer to the spray wand.

6.      Set the pressure washer to run

Turn the pressure washer on and to be safe start it at a low setting. This is an important step because a high-pressure setting can force the soap back into the tank.

7.      Pull the trigger on the spray wand

Squeeze the trigger to begin the water flow while still holding the spray wand.

8.      Adjust the Soap flow rate (if adjustable)

It is possible to modify the soap flow rate on certain pressure washers. If this is a feature on your pressure washer, set it to the appropriate setting.

9.      Start Spraying

  • Point the spray wand at the area that needs cleaning.
  • From the soap reservoir, the pressure washer will extract soap or detergent and combine it with the pressurized water stream.
  • Make sure the surface is completely covered by applying the soapy water evenly.

10.  Scrub or Agitate as needed

You might need to use a brush or scrubbing instrument to help dislodge dirt and grime in areas that are really filthy or have tenacious stains.             

11.  Permit Dwell Time

For some detergents to function properly, they must remain on the surface for a certain length of time. As for dwell duration, adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for detergent.

12.  Change to the Rinse Mode

After applying the soap, return the pressure washer to the rinse mode or setting.

13.  Rinse the Surface

Use the pressure washer to squirt clean water onto the surface to remove the soapy residue. To ensure that all soap residue is gone, make sure to rinse well.

14.  Turn the pressure washer off

Turn off or power down the pressure washer’s engine.

Now that you are acquainted with the steps to use a GreenWorks pressure washer soap dispenser, and you have already fulfilled the required settings, you find out that your GreenWorks pressure washer soap tank still not working, then refer further to this post to find out the possible reasons for your GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working.

Why is my GreenWorks Pressure washer soap not working? 5 Reasons with Easy Fixes

A GreenWorks pressure washer soap dispenser may fail to work for several reasons, and understanding these issues can help you troubleshoot and resolve the problem. Here are a few common reasons why your GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working properly

1.      Clogged or Incompatible Soap Nozzle

The nozzles used for soap applications differ from other nozzles in the pressure washer. A soap nozzle generally has a wider angle but a low-pressure setting. The main reason for having such a setting is that the detergent suds easily get clogged in other nozzles with narrow spray angle. High-pressure nozzles can also force the detergent back into the tank. Hence, it is very important that you only connect a nozzle specific for soap application. In case, you have lost the soap nozzle, use the next widest angled available nozzle.

soap nozzle

Secondly, Soap or detergent residues might accumulate and block the siphon tube over time or the nozzle on the soap dispenser, which will hinder the appropriate flow of soap.

Solution: The nozzle and siphon tube should be cleaned and checked for obstructions before being removed. If clogs are found, use a tiny brush or a thin wire to remove them.

2.      Using the wrong detergent or soap

All pressure washers come with a user manual stating the most compatible pressure washer detergent meant for the model. GreenWorks pressure washers are also detergent-specific and can be highly non-performing with any other detergent. Using the incorrect soap or detergent might result in inappropriate soap flow or a lack of foam generation, as explained. If you are a bit heavy on the pocketbook, you can also check out our recipes for homemade pressure washer detergents.

Solution: Ensure that the soap or detergent you’re using is made for pressure washers. For advice on which soap to use, consult the manufacturer.

Pressure washer soap for Greenworks pressure washer

3.      Improper soap-to-water ratio

The performance of the soap dispenser might be impacted by a soap-to-water ratio that is either too high or too low. Mostly, the detergent used for the soap tank is more viscous as compared to regular soap. It is always better to prepare the right soap-to-water ratio in a container and then transfer it to the detergent tank. If the right ratio is not achieved, the detergent might be stuck on the tank’s outlet, which will cause your pressure washer to not pull soap. You can also check out our post on How to dilute detergent for a pressure washer.

Solution: To get the appropriate soap concentration, adjust the soap flow rate or dilution ratio in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

4.      Soap Dispenser Valve Issue

It’s possible that the check valve or other internal parts of the soap dispenser are malfunctioning and preventing soap from being drawn into the water stream.

Solution: Examine the soap dispenser valve for flaws or damage. Replace the valve if necessary, or get a pro to fix it.

5.      Siphon tube or connection air leaks

siphon tube

The purpose of a siphon tube is to help the detergent travel to the end of the nozzle. It is quite possible that the pressure washer not siphoning detergent due to a blockage within the siphon tube. Also, Air leaks in the hose couplings, seals, or siphon tubes can interfere with the suction operation and prevent soap from being sucked in.

Solution: Check for leaks or loose fittings at all connections and seals. To ensure a proper seal, tighten or replace any broken pieces as necessary. Also, make sure that the siphon tube is free of all the blockages.

6.      Broken Soap injector

soap injector kit

If you still find your GreenWorks pressure washer soap not working, then it is quite possible that you have a broken soap injection system. The purpose of the soap injector is to mix the detergent and inject it into the high-pressure water that is about to shoot out from the spray nozzle.

Solution: To replace a broken soap injector system, turn off the pressure washer, disconnect the tubing connecting the soap reservoir to the injector nozzle, remove the old injector system, install the new system securely, secure the tubing, test the pressure washer, and dispose of the old system according to local regulations. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for each model and ensure proper soap dispensing. However, it is recommended that you get assistance from a professional to get it repaired.

You can frequently return your pressure washer soap dispenser back to working properly by identifying and fixing these typical problems, assuring effective and efficient cleaning outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

1. How to use the soap dispenser in the GreenWorks pro pressure washer?

Fill the reservoir with the proper soap or detergent, activate the soap application mode if it is available, and then turn on the pressure washer to utilize the soap dispenser on a GreenWorks Pro pressure washer. To administer soapy water to the surface you’re cleaning, squeeze the trigger on the spray wand.

2. Why doesn’t my pressure washer dispense soap?

If your pressure washer isn’t dispensing soap, there can be a clogged nozzle, the wrong kind of soap, or other problems. Verify that there are no clogs, use the suitable soap, and apply soap according to the required processes.

3. How do I get my soap dispenser to work on my pressure washer?

If your pressure washer has a soap application mode, turn it on to get your soap dispenser to function with it. Also, make sure the soap dispenser is correctly filled with the right kind of soap. Squeeze the spray wand trigger to check.

4. How do you get the soap to work on a GreenWorks pressure washer?

Follow the instructions for soap type and dilution ratios provided by the manufacturer to get the soap to work on a GreenWorks pressure washer. Make sure the soap dispenser is functional and clean, and if there is a soap application mode, turn it on. Trigger squeezed to apply soap.

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