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Do You Need a Hot or Cold Water Pressure System? Find the Answers You Need

Do You Need a Hot or Cold Water Pressure System? Find the Answers You Need

Do You Need a Hot or Cold Water Pressure System? Find the Answers You Need

At Hydro Tek, we’re always here to help clients (or potential clients) find the best pressure washer and accessories for their individual needs. We’ve previously provided answers to frequently asked questions about pressure washers, but today we want to concrete on one of the questions we get more than any other: Do I need a hot water pressure washer or a cold water pressure? We are proud to offer both options and we are here to help you understand which one will work best for your unique needs.

Situations that call for a cold water pressure system

You can be successful in cleaning a wide variety of surfaces and objects with a cold water pressure system. It works by offering a very high impact spray, as well as the soaps or cleaning chemicals you use in your system. We generally recommend cold water only in a situation where you won’t be cleaning up grease or oil. That said, if you use the right cleaners, a cold water pressure system can be successful in cleaning up both oil and grease. For more information on what chemicals and cleaning products are needed, feel free to reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 .

Situations that can for a hot water pressure system

If you’ve ever tried to wash the dishes with cold water then you know that hot water can make washing a lot easier. This is particularly true if you’re regularly dealing with things like grease, oil, or other petrochemicals. As we mentioned above, a cold water pressure system can work on these substances – but only if chemicals are used.


Hot water often makes the cleaning process much faster. It is more effective at loosening up gum, dirt, grease, oil, and other problematic substances. Most of the hot water pressure systems you’ll see will use either diesel gasoline or kerosene to heat up the water within its coil. That heating coil, along with the burner system in general, does make this type of pressure washer much heavier than a cold water system. It’s also just generally more complex and requires more maintenance compared to cold water unit.


Additionally, unless you use some type of self-contained power source like a generator or a battery, the burner system in a hot water pressure heater requires electricity, which means that it will need to be plugged in. Of course, at Hydro Tek we offer systems that run on electricity but we also offer battery-run systems.


As you can see, there are pros and cons to both option. If you’re still not sure which one will work, feel free to reach out to us at 800-274-9376 . We specialize in these systems and you won’t find a company more qualified to answer your questions.

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  • Hot Water Pressure Washers

    Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers are designed to tackle the toughest messes wherever they may occur. Our products feature high-quality stainless steel construction, simple controls, and an innovative Spiralast™ heating coil that improves efficiency and reduces your fuel costs. We manufacture the Spiralast™ coils right here in our facility using a proprietary cold rolled process and robotic welds for exceptional strength and unimpeded flow. Our Spiralast™ lifetime warranty is the ONLY lifetime heating coil warranty in the industry.

  • Advantages of a Hot Water Pressure Washer

    Simply by heating up the water, a hot water pressure washer delivers dramatically improved cleaning power compared to a cold water machine. Hot water pressure washers are especially useful for cleaning sticky, greasy, or oily surfaces, because they will loosen the dirt much faster without the large amounts of soap, detergent, or other cleaning chemicals that must be used with a cold water system.

  • Hot Water Pressure Washer Applications

    A hot water pressure washer is essential for any cleanup job involving a sticky, greasy, or oily mess, as well as for applications where a surface must be sanitized. With a variety of models available, including self-contained mobile units with gas, diesel, or electric power, Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers can go anywhere and clean anything. Some common applications include heavy equipment cleaning, vehicle cleaning, graffiti removal, restaurant hood vent cleaning, and livestock facility cleaning.

Quality & Innovation Since 1985

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From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.