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Old 01-25-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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its a campbell hausfield 1750 PSI pressure washer 1.8 gpm.

i used it yesterday to clean up my yard (dog poo) and it worked great.
today i wanted to degrease my engine and the damn thing just wont turn on at all.. i opened it up and looked for fuses and nothing.. but the plug that goes into the wall looks huge like there may be fuses in there so i open it and nothing but a bunch of resistors.

so anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong.? should i hard wire the plug and bypass all the resistors in there.?

i looked at the on off switch and its normal. no fuses or resistors on there either, thanks if you cna help
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so anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong.? should i hard wire the plug and bypass all the resistors in there.?
NO. Don't bypass that unless you want an electrical fire. Did you try another outlet to see if it worked? Try that first. If it still doesn't work, it may have went bad. Usually the motors go bad in pressure washers.
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The large plug on that is a GFCI.

Open it up and let it air dry. There'* moisture in it. This is a common problem with AC electric pressure washers.

After it dries out, check the seal (should be a rubber o-ring sealing the two halves together) and add additional sealant to the outside if necessary.
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The large plug on that is a GFCI.

Open it up and let it air dry. There'* moisture in it. This is a common problem with AC electric pressure washers.

After it dries out, check the seal (should be a rubber o-ring sealing the two halves together) and add additional sealant to the outside if necessary.

yes its a gfci plug. also the test it says to do works as stated on the plug. but it just wont turn on.

well i will open it up and let it sit for a while and can i use some clear kitchen and bath silicone to seal around the outside of it like you said.?

thanks.
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so anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong.? should i hard wire the plug and bypass all the resistors in there.?
NO. Don't bypass that unless you want an electrical fire. Did you try another outlet to see if it worked? Try that first. If it still doesn't work, it may have went bad. Usually the motors go bad in pressure washers.
tried a couple of outlets and still noting.. it worked yesterday whe ni turned it off. just wont turn back on.. thanks
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o.k wren i opened it up and it appears that i so no moisture what so ever.. and the black rubber seal is still good and not broken or cracked..

any other ideas.? please dont tell me its shot.. warranty expired 2 months ago. :(
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If you have a GFCI outlet to plug it into (and only if you do) you can cut off that block and install a standard 3-prong outlet. That'* assuming the problem isn't internal to the washer.
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If you have a GFCI outlet to plug it into (and only if you do) you can cut off that block and install a standard 3-prong outlet. That'* assuming the problem isn't internal to the washer.
i do have a GFCI tester. and all my outside outlets are GFCI protected..

and you mean install a 3 prong plug right not outlet.
there are 2 prongs only on my old plug not 3..and inside there are 2 wires only (black n white) not 3. would'nt you have to have 3 wires to connect a 3 prong plug to it.?
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o.k i went to home depot and bought a 2 prong 2 wire plug head..

on my power washer plug wire i have a black and a white wire..

is there any specific way they are supposed to go like positive and negative or since its 120 volt it doesnt really matter where i put the white or black wire.. thanks
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Black is the hot wire, White is neutral.
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