How To Choose The Right System

Not sure how to choose a pressure washer?

Where will you use your pressure washers? That may sound like a silly question, but whether you’re cleaning indoors or outdoors can make a huge difference when deciding how to choose a pressure washer.

Asking yourself these 2 very important questions will help you decide:

  • Do I need a pressure washer with wheels to easily move it around? Or am I cleaning objects that can be moved up close to the pressure washer?
  • Am I cleaning on a job site (needing a gas pressure washer) or do I have easy access to electricity (to use an electric pressure washer)?


Electric Pressure Washer vs Gas Pressure Washer

If you’re cleaning indoors with an electric pressure washer, you’re limited on your energy sources. For instance, indoors you’re confined to using an electric motor to drive the high-pressure pump. The electric motor limits your portability because you’re constantly tied to an electrical outlet.

Outdoor cleaning provides you with more options. Working outside allows you to operate electric pressure washers or gas pressure washers, the two most popular solutions. Typically, the electric pressure washer models are more economical. However, the gas pressure washers are portable—no electric cord—which may be more convenient.

While most pressure washers are typically fed by a garden hose from a spigot, some can also draw water from a large tank. This makes on-site cleaning easier because of the mobility factor.


How much time do you need with the pressure washer?

If you are operating a pressure washer for less than five hours per week, you could technically get away with a less expensive model found in do-it-yourself stores. But beware—you certainly won't get the service, support or warranty coverage that so many people have come to trust from A&E Industrial Equipment.

If you are operating pressure washers for less than 20 hours per week, you will find some mid-range models that are typically identified by a direct-drive pump and a bare-bones design. A mediocre option.

If you’re a serious pressure washer user—operating a business and cleaning more than 20 hours per week, you need top-quality pressure washers at prices you can afford. Let A&E Pressure Washers help you choose a pressure washer that will suit your needs without breaking the bank. Contact us now to book an on-site pressure washer demo —we'll show you why A&E Pressure Washers is the preferred Company to do business with. 

How do I know if I need a hot water pressure washer or a cold water pressure washer?

If the surfaces you are cleaning have any kind of grease or oil, you will need a hot water pressure washer to cut through the grease. If you're tackling caked-on dirt or mud, a cold water pressure washer will do the job. If you're still unsure about the type of pressure cleaning machine you need, call us to speak with a power washing expert. 

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What's more important in a pressure washer: PSI & GPM?


The answer depends on your pressure cleaning application. When you have heavy soils to wash, GPM (gallons per minute) can be most important. When you have stuck-on grime, PSI (pounds per square inch of pressure) can be most important.

Despite what you see in advertisements or on a product label, volume is the deciding factor and a quality pressure cleaning system will provide the proper balance of volume and pressure. To make sure you choose the ideal power washing machine for your jobs, contact us for free on-sire demonstration. Our friendly professionals will recommend the perfect hot water or cold water pressure washer to suit your needs.

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Pressure washing safety is important to me. Can I count on A&E Industrial Equipment?


When it comes to pressure cleaning safety, you need the piece of mind knowing your hot & cold water pressure washers are certified to safety standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories), OSHA-approved ETL and CSA (Canadian Standards Association).

Don't be fooled, not all power washing systems have such approvals. At A&E Pressure Washers, you can rest assured that our pressure cleaning equipment is fully certified to help you meet legal compliance, worker protection and liability protection. Contact us today for more information.

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Should I consider a maintenance program for my cold & hot water pressure washer?


Pressure cleaning machines move water under intense pressure, which creates wear & tear on equipment. Coupled with the challenging environmental conditions these machines often operate in, regular maintenance is recommended. Regular oil changes are required on the engine and the pump. And parts that wear, such as belts, nozzles and hoses, need replacement when worn down. Failure to maintain your pressure cleaning systems can become a safety hazard.

If you use your pressure washer regularly it will need minor maintenance 2-3 times per year. For your convenience, the technicians at A&E Pressure Washers will come directly to you with a truck stocked full of parts so that they can likely fix your pressure washer in just one trip! If your power washing equipment needs some attention, contact you’re A&E Pressure Washers now!

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What makes your hot water pressure washer better than other brands?


The biggest difference is the style of heating coil. (The coil is hundreds of feet of superior Schedule 80 ASTM pipe rolled in a cylindrical shape). While we use Schedule 80 pipe, it’s important to note not all manufacturers do. Some choose to use tubing or Schedule 40 coil. The coil is heated by a burner using oil, natural gas, or liquid propane for fuel. The burner heats the coil and the heated coil heats the water as it flows through the coil.

Your options are to buy a power washing machine with a horizontal lay-down coil, or buy one with an upright coil. The horizontal coil design typically is more compact because the coil is lying down, so the height of the pressure washer can be less (although the machine may be longer). An upright coil has the burner at the bottom of the coil instead of at the side as with a horizontal coil. Since heat rises, it rises up from the bottom of the vertical coil past all the coils and out the top. One style is no better than the other. A&E Pressure Washers offers units in both styles, so choose which you prefer. 

Our coils are some of the most energy efficient that can be found. Contact us now to find out more.

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What type of pressure cleaning accessories do I really need?


Pressure cleaning accessories are a relatively minor cost that can have a huge impact on making your cleaning faster and less expensive, while also saving wear-and-tear on your hot & cold water pressure washers.

For example, the vast majority of pressure washers use far too much detergent. The detergent valve is usually opened all the way because the operators like to see lots of suds. A fixed orifice system can be installed to release the concentration of detergent needed to achieve maximum cleaning results while using the minimum amount of detergent.

A hose reel is another advantageous power washing accessory because it helps keep your pressure hose from lying on the ground where it can absorb oil and grease or be damaged by vehicles driving over the hose. A longer pressure hose makes it faster and easier to clean larger areas.

An A&E Pressure Washers 'No Commission' Consultant will do a free Cleaning Efficiency Inspection to determine whether adding accessories may speed your cleaning, lower your cleaning costs and reduce machine wear-and-tear. Usually these improvements can be made to your existing pressure washer, and can be even more easily made if it’s a unit purchased from A&E Pressure Washers.

Contact us today more information!

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Why would I need a stationary hot or cold water pressure washer?


A permanently installed stationary pressure cleaning system can be an even better value than a portable model in many applications. First, the cost is often the same or less than for a portable machine. If there’s natural gas available, a stationary pressure washer can run on natural gas, which is more cost effective and doesn’t require refueling the burner system. Cold or hot water pressure washers can be located in a shed or room, with piping or hose out to the wash area, which protects it from weather, damage, and from operator abuse. Additionally, a stationary pressure cleaning machine can be mounted on an equipment stand, with the detergent barrels or totes placed under the stand to conserve floor space.

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What is the difference between a belt-drive pump and a direct-drive pump?


A high-pressure pump does not turn on its own; rather it is driven by an engine or motor. Pumps driven by motor generally turn at 1100-1500 RPM while gasoline engines turn at a rate of 3000-3600 RPM (1450-3450 RPM for electric motors). There are two predominant ways to connect the pump to an engine or motor: directly (direct-drive) or with a pulley and belt (belt-drive).

Direct-drive pumps are more compact, helping to keep the weight and cost down. Today’s direct-drive pumps have been engineered to hold up very well, even under constant use. The weakness, of course, is that a pump turning at 3600 RPM will wear out faster than a pump that turns at 1500 RPM.

On the other hand, a belt-drive pump, configured with a pulley and belt, allows the pump to turn at the slower rate (usually 1500 RPM). The belt also dissipates the build up of heat and absorbs vibration from the engine. The ultimate benefit, of course, is that downtime is minimized and the pump’s life is extended saving you money in the long run.

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What kind of warranty do you offer?


A&E Pressure Washers offers one of the best warranty programs in the industry, including a 7-year guarantee on the pump and a 5-year guarantee on the heating coil. To view our complete warranty, contact us now!

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How can I convert my existing cold water pressure washer into a hot water pressure washer?


A&E Pressure Washers offers a heating module which gives customers the flexibility to "convert" cold water pressure washers into hot water pressure washers. By attaching the heating module to a cold water pressure washer, the pressurized water is now heated to produce all the benefits of hot water power washing machine.

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Steam Cleaners

3040 South Cedar Avenue

Fresno, CA 93725





With over 30 years of experience, A&E Pressure Washer and Steam Cleaners is Fresno's Premier Distributor of Steam Cleaners, Industrial and Commercial Pressure Washers, Air Compressors, Parts Washers, Wastewater Treatment Systems, Water Reclaim Systems, and Trailer Mounted Pressure Washer Systems.

Our current location is just off Freeway 99 at North Avenue and Cedar and is the easiest store to get to in San Joaquin Valley. We are also recognized for our well-trained sales representatives and technicians who are here to help you in your pressure washer and steam cleaner needs.


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