Parts Washer Service

Parts Washer Service

An aqueous parts washer works day in and day out to ensure that parts come out clean and ready for the next production process. To keep the machine working at its intended level, it must be maintained on a routine schedule. The debris removed from the parts does not magically dissolve; it builds up in the reservoir and can greatly reduce cleaning performance and damage the heat system. Implementing a reservoir and pump-system clean out is an important part of the routine maintenance a parts washer requires.


To begin the process,

Set all switches and controls to the off position.

Disconnect main power to the machine; lock out and tag out.

Drain the tank by removing the plug or opening the drain valve as applicable. Also remove the marine clean out door on the side of the machine (if equipped with this option). Be careful not to damage the door during this procedure. If a seal is torn or damaged, replace it before the machine is refilled.

Remove baskets from debris containment system and thoroughly clean with pressure washer (if washer is equipped with this system all VORTEX Parts Washers include this technology)

Remove the false floor by removing the screws and lifting out the panels with provided handles to gain access to tank.

Remove all sediment and sludge from the tank with a scoop, water hose, or power washer.

Use a power washer to completely clean the interior of the machine, beginning at the top and moving down.

Clean the heating elements, and auto-fill valve.

Check all corners or other areas that could trap debris.

Completely clean any oil removal devices, and flush the tank of the remaining dirty solution.

Make certain the pump inlet strainer is not blocked and is free of obstructions.

Unscrew nozzles and inspect each one for damage or plugged orifice.

Clean orifice with a small wire or compressed air.

Replace nozzles being sure to tighten snugly and to properly align the spray pattern.

Grease the wash pump motors, swing away spray bars, turn table bearings, flange and pillow block bearings.

The finish of a washer will be greatly increased by keeping the surface clean. Rinse the painted surfaces with fresh water and wipe down with a soft shop towel often to minimize rust and preserve the finish of the equipment.

Take some time to inspect the interior and exterior components of the machine for damaged or missing parts. Make notes of any damages or problems for repair.

Install the plug (or close drain valve), baskets, false floor, and the clean out door, making sure that the door is in good condition before doing so. Then replace any other devices that were removed from the machine during cleaning.

Refill the tank with a new solution of cleaning chemistry, and turn on the heat. Observe this process to make sure everything is running smoothly. Run the pumps and observe the gauge readings, making sure there are no more than 10-15PSI differences before filter and after filter. If there is, replace the filter.

Once the solution has reached the correct temperature, check the spray pattern to ensure the machine is running correctly.

Performing routine maintenance on your washer will help keep it running efficiently for a long time. Cleaning out the debris and inspecting the main parts of the washer allow you to head off major maintenance problems before they become too large of a problem to deal with.

The shut down in production time that will take place during cleaning is more desirable than the extended shut down which will inevitably occur if cleaning is not performed and maintenance goes unchecked.