Husky power washer wand keeps breaking?

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Old 05-28-16, 10:53 AM
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Husky power washer wand keeps breaking?

I have a Husky 1600 that was leaking water at the bottom of wand. Ordered a replacement wand, hooked it up and all was working fine for about twenty minutes. I then took a break, turned the power off on the machine but left the water running. When I came back and turned the machine on, the trigger was hard to push (I guess the water pressure had built up) and when I squeezed it a bit harder, something snapped inside and the water came rushing out of the bottom of wand again. The wand is now busted.

Am I doing something wrong or is my powerwasher defective? Is it bad to leave the water running for a few minutes with the machine off?
 
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Old 05-28-16, 11:00 AM
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I don't know anything about that particular unit but I've never had that issue with my pressure washer or any of the commercial ones I've used. I've never turned the water to take a break. Do you know what the psi is coming to the PWer?
 
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Old 05-28-16, 11:02 AM
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I always relieve the pressure on the wand to make the engine pull easier, but have never had the problems you describe. What is the pressure of water coming from your hose bib?
 
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Old 05-28-16, 11:30 AM
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There is no reason other than inferior quality. Send it back and get an aftermarket wand rated for your pressure.
 
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Thanks all. I did get a replacement wand (same model) and seems to be working thus far. However, I am now making sure to squeeze trigger with water on and unit off to relieve any pressure before turning unit on. I'm thinking that might have been my problem.

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I didn't think to mention that I do relieve the excess pressure when I shut it down [do it without thinking] but leaving the water supply pressure on shouldn't be an issue.
 
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Old 06-03-16, 11:46 AM
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It shouldn't and is not supposed to but sometimes you can have a sticky or annoying unloader valve and relieving the pressure before start up does help. I use one almost daily that does this. The water supply is right next to the PW so I usually leave the water off, start the unit, then turn the water on.
 
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