Hot or Cold: Which Pressure Washer is Right for You?

Pressure washing is a great way to clean soiled surfaces, equipment or structures. The forced jet of water is particularly useful in high and hard-to-reach areas. However, with both hot and cold-water washers on the market, which is best suited to your needs?


If you need to clean surfaces coated with dirt and mud, a cold-water wash is perfect for rinsing away that grime. Cold-water pressure washing can spray away soil without the extra expense of hot water washing. In addition, cold water is preferred for some surfaces like wood or plastics that may warp under high temperatures. Likewise, cold water is one of the best ways to power wash decks, siding and even cars and boats.


Hot water offers extra cleaning power when you need it most. If you’re washing away grease and oil, for example, a hot-water washer is likely to be your best option. Hot water pressure washing works similarly to cleaning dishes in a sink. In order to effectively clean a greasy or oily pan, you use hot water to loosen and clear the grease and gunk away. The same is true with pressure washing. Hot water washers are also generally a better option in cold-weather climates where water lines might freeze. Some hot water washers can also meet sanitation requirements for food processing, making them a viable option for certain food service applications.


One last factor to consider is the cost. Hot-water pressure washers can cost an average of three times as much as cold-water systems, as the water must be continuously heated during operation, necessitating additional mechanical components and higher fuel costs.


North Texas Sales & Distribution has everything you need for pressure washing – cold water or hot water – in configurations using gas, diesel, propane, fuel oil or electric. Give us a call today or stop by one of our three convenient locations to learn more.