Operating Instructions - Kärcher Center Dublin

K 4 Premium
Operating Instructions
Please read the operating instructions
carefully before using the unit.
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General information . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Description of the Appliance . . . . . . . .
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Care and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Helpline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical specifications . . . . . . . . . . .
EC Declaration of Conformity . . . . . . .
Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Spare Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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General information
Dear Customer,
Please read and comply with
these original instructions prior
to the initial operation of your appliance
and store them for later use or subsequent
Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery of your appliance is illustrated on the packaging. Check the contents of the appliance for completeness
when unpacking.
In the event of missing accessories or any
transport damage, please contact your
Proper Use
This high-pressure cleaner is designed for
domestic use only:
– to clean machines, vehicles, buildings,
tools, facades, terraces, garden equipment etc. using a high-pressure water
jet (and detergents if required).
– with accessories, replacement parts
and detergents approved by KÄRCHER. Observe the instructions provided
with these detergents.
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Immediate danger that can cause severe
injury or even death.
Possible hazardous situation that could
lead to severe injury or even death.
Possible hazardous situation that could
lead to mild injury to persons or damage to
Symbols on the machine
The high pressure jet may not
be directed at persons, animals, live electrical equipment
or at the appliance itself. Protect the appliance against frost.
Environmental protection
The packaging material can be recycled. Please do not place the packaging into the ordinary refuse for disposal,
but arrange for the proper recycling.
Old appliances contain valuable materials that can be recycled. Please arrange for the proper recycling of old
appliances. Please dispose your old
appliances using appropriate collection systems.
Notes about the ingredients (REACH)
You will find current information about the
ingredients at:
The warranty terms published by the relevant sales company are applicable in each
country. We will repair potential failures of
your appliance within the warranty period
free of charge, provided that such failure is
caused by faulty material or defects in manufacturing. In the event of a warranty claim
please contact your dealer or the nearest
authorized Customer Service centre.
Please submit the proof of purchase.
Safety instructions
 Never touch the mains plug and the
socket with wet hands.
 The appliance must not be used if the
power cord or important parts of the appliance, e.g. high pressure hoses, trigger gun or safety devices are damaged.
 Check the power cord and mains plug
for damage before every use. If the
power cord is damaged, please arrange
for it to be replaced immediately by an
authorised repair agent or a skilled
 Check the high pressure hose for damage before every use. Please arrange
for the immediate replacement of a
damaged high pressure hose.
 The appliance may not be used in areas
where a risk of explosion is present.
 If the appliance is used in hazardous areas (e.g. filling stations) all of the safety
provisions and operating instructions
detailed in this manual must be observed.
 High pressure jets can be dangerous if
improperly used. The jet must not be directed at persons, animals, live electrical equipment or at the appliance itself.
 The high pressure jet must not be directed at other persons or directed by
the user at him/herself to clean clothing
or footwear.
 Never use the appliance to clean objects containing hazardous substances
(e.g. asbestos).
 Vehicle tyres or tyre valves are susceptible to damage from the high pressure
jet and may burst. The first indication of
this is a discolouration of the tyre. Damaged vehicle tyres/tyre valves are highly dangerous. Ensure that a distance of
at least 30 cm is observed when cleaning with the jet!
 Risk of explosion!
Do not spray flammable liquids.
Never draw in fluids containing solvents
or undiluted acids! This includes petrol,
paint thinner and heating oil. The spray
mist thus generated is highly inflammable, explosive and poisonous. Do not
use acetone, undiluted acids or solvents as they are damaging to the materials from which the appliance is
The mains plug and the coupling of an
extension cable must be watertight and
must never lay in the water.
Unsuitable electrical extension cables
can be hazardous. Only use electrical
extension cables outdoors which have
been approved and labelled for this purpose and have an adequate cable
1 - 10 m: 1.5 mm2; 10 - 30 m: 2.5 mm2
Always fully unroll electrical cables from
the cable drum.
High pressure hoses, fixtures and couplings are important for the safety of the
appliance. Only use high pressure hoses, fixtures and couplings recommended by the manufacturer.
This appliance is not intended for use
by persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities.
The appliance must not be operated by
children or persons who have not been
instructed accordingly.
Children should be supervised to prevent them from playing with the appliance.
The operator must use the appliance
correctly. When working with the appliance, he must consider the local conditions and pay due care and attention to
other persons, in particular children,
who are nearby.
Keep packaging film away from children
- risk of suffocation!
This appliance was designed to be
used with detergents which are supplied or recommended by the manufacturer. The use of other detergents or
chemicals may compromise the safety
of the appliance.
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 Do not use the appliance when there
are other persons around unless they
are also wearing safety equipment.
 Wear protective clothing and safety
goggles to protect against splash back
containing water or dirt.
 In case of extended downtimes, switch
the appliance off at the main switch / appliance switch or remove the mains
 Do not operate the appliance at temperatures below 0 °C.
 Observe a distance of at least 30 cm
when using the jet to clean painted surfaces to avoid damaging paintwork.
 Never leave the appliance unattended
when it is in operation.
 Make sure that the power cable or extension cables are not damaged by running over, pinching, dragging or similar.
Protect the power cable from heat, oil,
and sharp edges.
 All current-conducting parts in the working area must be protected against jet
 The appliance may only be connected
to an electrical supply which has been
installed in accordance with IEC 60364.
 The appliance may only be connected
to alternating current. The voltage must
correspond with the type plate on the
 For safety reasons, we recommend that
you operate the appliance only via an
earth-leakage circuit breaker (max.
30 mA).
 Cleaning operations which produce oily
waste water, e.g. engine washes, underbody washes, may only be carried
out using washing stations equipped
with an oil separator.
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High pressure hose
The high pressure hose is specially constructed with reinforced walls to handle water pressure up to 14,5 MPa (2100 psi) - it
can be easily damaged and should be
stored carefully.
 Do not kink.
 Do not drive vehicles over the hose.
 Do not expose the hose to sharp edges
or corners.
Misuse will lead to ballooning or premature
failure and will invalidate warranty.
Safety Devices
Safety devices protect the user and must
not be modified or bypassed.
Power switch
The appliance switch prevents unintentional operation of the appliance.
Lock trigger gun
This lock locks the lever of the trigger gun
and prevents the inadvertent start of the appliance.
Overflow valve with pressure switch
The overflow valve prevents the permissible working pressure from being exceeded.
If the lever on the trigger gun is released
the pressure switch turns off the pump, the
high pressure jet is stopped. If the lever is
pulled the pump is turned on again.
Prerequisites for the
appliance's stability
Create stability for the appliance prior to all
work on or with the appliance to prevent accidents or damage.
– The stability of the appliance is warranted when it is placed onto an even surface.
Description of the Appliance
Coupling element for water connection
Storage for trigger gun
Water connection with integrated sieve
Appliance switch (0/OFF – 1/ON eco).
High pressure hose
Dosage regulator for detergent
Storage for trigger gun
High-pressure hose drum
Transport handle
Hand crank for hose drum
Storage of Plug 'n' Clean detergent
bottle with detergent connection
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13 Storage hook for mains connection cable
14 Mains cable with mains plug
15 Plug 'n' Clean detergent bottle with
locking lid
16 Wheels
17 Trigger gun
18 Lock trigger gun
19 Key to detach the high pressure hose
from the trigger gun
20 Spray lance with pressure regulation
(Vario Power)
21 Spray lance with Dirtblaster
Assembly see page 13-14
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Before Startup
Mount loose parts delivered with appliance
prior to start-up.
Illustrations on Page 13-14
Install wheels
 Push the wheels into the intake.
 Secure the wheels using the included
plug. Align the plug properly!
Install the storage for trigger gun
 Place the bottom holder into the recesses and push forward until it audibly
locks in.
 Insert the top holder and push down all
the way.
Install the storage hook for the mains
connection cable
 Press in the storage hook and lock it
into the top position.
Install the transport handle
You will need the 2 included screws as well
as a Phillips screwdriver PH 2.
 Slide the transport handle into the guide
and secure it with 2 screws.
Install the dosage regulator for
You will need the 2 included screws as well
as a Phillips screwdriver PH 2.
 Insert both detergent hoses onto the
hose fittings.
 Install the dosage regulator and connect using 2 screws.
Note: During installation you must make
sure that the tongues of the dosage regulator match up with the intended recesses in
the casing.
Install the high pressure hose drum
 Slide the free end of the coiled high
pressure hose through the recesses on
the dosage regulator.
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 Insert the hose drum into the intakes on
the transport handle.
 Insert the axle of the hand crank into the
 Install the fixating plate and secure it
using 2 screws.
 Press the connecting fitting from the
short high pressure hose into the brass
intake, secure with clamps.
Note: Make sure the connection nipple is
aligned correctly.
Connect the high pressure hose to the
trigger gun
 Push the high pressure hose into the
trigger gun until it locks audibly.
Note: Make sure the connection nipple is
aligned correctly.
 Check the secure connection by pulling
on the high pressure hose.
Water supply
According to the applicable regulations, the appliance must never be
used on the drinking water supply
without a system separator. Use a
suitable system separator manufactured by
KÄRCHER; or, as an alternative, a system
separator as per EN 12729 Type BA. Water
flowing through a system separator is considered non-drinkable.
Always connect the system separator to
the water supply, never directly to the appliance!
Note: Impurities in the water can damage
the high-pressure pump and accessories.
For protection, the use of the KÄRCHER
water filter (optional accessory, order no.
4.730-059) is recommended.
Water supply from mains
Observe regulations of water supplier.
For connection values, see type plate/technical data.
 Use a fibre-reinforced water hose (not
included) with a standard coupling.
(Minimum diameter 1/2 inch (13 mm),
minimum length 7.5 m).
 Screw the coupling element to the water connection on the appliance.
 Push the water supply hose onto the
coupling unit, then connect it to the water supply.
Drawing in water from open reservoirs
This high-pressure cleaner is suited to work
with the KÄRCHER suction hose with backflow valve (Optional accessory, order no.
4.440-238) to draw in surface water, e.g.
from water butts or ponds (see specifications for max. suction height).
 Fill the KÄRCHER suction hose with
backflow valve with water, screw to water supply and hang into the water butt.
 Appliance ventilation: Switch the appliance on with the high-pressure hose
detached and operate (max. 2 minutes)
until the water exits the high-pressure
connection without bubbles. Switch off
appliance and reconnect high-pressure
Start up
Dry runs lasting longer than two minutes
lead to damages to the high pressure
pump. If the appliance does not build up
pressure within two minutes, switch it off
and proceed as instructed in the Chapter
 Push the spray lance into the trigger
gun and fasten it by turning it through
 Unwind the high pressure hose completely from the hose drum. Hold on to
the transport handle during this procedure.
Note: If the hand crank is in its secured
position, fold it up first.
 Completely open the water tap.
 Insert the mains plug into the socket.
 Turn on the appliance “I/ON”.
The trigger gun is subjected to a recoil force
when the water jet is discharged. Make
sure that you have a firm footing and are
also holding the trigger gun and spray lance
Prior to cleaning, make sure that the high
pressure is placed safely on level ground.
Wear protective goggles and protective
clothing during the cleaning process.
 Unlock the lever on the trigger gun.
 Pull on the lever of the trigger gun; the
device will switch on.
Note: Release the lever of the trigger gun;
the device will switch off again. High pressure remains in the system.
Spray pipe with pressure regulation
(Vario Power)
For the most common cleaning tasks. The
working pressure can be continuously regulated between "Min" and "Max".
 Release the lever on the trigger gun.
 Turn the spray lance to the desired position.
Note: Suitable for working with detergent;
for this, turn the spray lance to the "Mix" position.
Spray lance with Dirtblaster
For particularly dirty items or areas.
Car tyres, paint or sensitive surfaces such
as wood should not be cleaned with the dirt
blaster, as there is a risk of damage.
Not suitable for use with detergents.
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Working with detergent
Interrupting operation
Please use exclusively KÄRCHER detergents and care products to carry out the respective cleaning task, as these were
specifically developed for your appliance.
The use of other detergents and care products may lead to premature wear and can
invalidate your warranty claims. Please obtain information at your local dealer or request information directly from KÄRCHER.
Notes regarding the detergent: The most
commonly used KÄRCHER detergents can
be purchased ready to use in their Plug 'n'
Clean detergent bottles with locking lids.
This will make the pesky refilling and filling
processes redundant.
 Remove the lid from the Plug 'n' Clean
detergent bottle and press the detergent bottle into the detergent connection with the opening facing down.
 Adjust the suction volume of the detergent solution by means of the dosage
regulator for detergents.
 Use spray lance with pressure regulation (Vario Power).
 Turn the spray lance to "Mix" position.
Note: This will mix the detergent with
the water stream.
Recommended cleaning method
 Spray the detergent sparingly on the
dry surface and allow it to react, but not
to dry.
 Spray off loosened dirt with the high
pressure jet.
 Release the lever on the trigger gun.
 Lock the lever on the trigger gun.
 During longer breaks (more than 5 minutes), also turn the appliance off using
the "0/OFF" switch.
 Insert the trigger gun in its holder.
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Finish operation
Only separate the high-pressure hose from
the trigger gun or the appliance while there
is no pressure in the system.
 Remove the Plug 'n' Clean detergent
bottle from the intake and close it with
the lid. To store, place into the intake rotated by 180°.
 Release the lever on the trigger gun.
 Turn off the appliance "0/OFF".
 Turn off tap.
 Press the lever on the trigger gun to release any remaining pressure in the
 Detach the appliance from the water
When disconnecting the supply or high
pressure hose, warm water may leak
from the connections after operation.
 Lock the lever on the trigger gun.
 Pull out the mains plug.
In order to prevent accidents or injuries,
keep in mind the weight of the appliance
during transport (see Specifications).
When transporting by hand
 Pull the appliance by its transport handle.
When transporting in vehicles
 Prior to horizontal transport: Remove
the Plug 'n' Clean detergent bottle from
the intake and close it with the lid.
 Secure the appliance against shifting
and tipping over.
In order to prevent accidents or injuries,
keep in mind the weight of the appliance
when selecting a storage location for it (see
Storing the Appliance
 Park the machine on an even surface.
 Wind the entire high pressure hose onto
the hose drum by rotating the hand
crank counter-clockwise.
 Insert the trigger gun with the spray
lance into the holder for the trigger gun.
 Stow away the mains cable and accessory at the machine. Store the appliance in a dry room.
Frost protection
Protect the appliance and its accessories
against frost.
The appliance and its accessories can get
destroyed through frost if there is any water
residues in them. To avoid damage to
Completely drain all water from the appliance:
 Detach the appliance from the water
 Detach spray lance from the trigger
 Switch the appliance on ("I/ON“), press
the trigger gun lever until no further water is discharged (approx. 1 min).
 Turn off the appliance.
 Store the appliance and the entire accessories in a frost free room.
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Care and maintenance
Turn off the appliance and remove the
mains plug prior to any care and maintenance work.
The appliance is maintenance free.
Prior to longer periods of storage, e.g. in
the winter:
 Completely drain all water from the appliance:
(for a description, see section on "Frost
 Pull out the sieve in the water connection using flat-nose pliers and clean under running water.
Spare parts
Use only original KÄRCHER spare parts.
You will find a list of spare parts at the end
of these operating instructions.
You can rectify minor faults yourself with
the help of the following overview.
If in doubt, please consult the authorized
customer service.
Turn off the appliance and remove the
mains plug prior to any care and maintenance work.
Repair works may only be performed by the
authorized customer service.
Appliance is not running
 Pull on the lever of the trigger gun; the
device will switch on.
 Check whether the voltage indicated on
the type plate corresponds to the voltage of the mains supply.
 Check the mains connection cable for
Pressure does not build up in the
 Check setting at the spray lance.
 Remove air from appliance before operation.
Switch on the appliance without connection the HP hose (max. 2 minutes)
and run it until the water discharging
from the HP outlet is free of bubbles.
Switch off appliance and reconnect HP
 Check the water supply.
 Pull out the sieve in the water connection using flat-nose pliers and clean under running water.
Appliance does not start, motor
Cause: Voltage reduction due to weak
mains supply or when using an extension
 When switching on, first pull the lever of
the trigger gun and then switch the appliance switch to "I/ON".
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Strong pressure fluctuations
 Clean high-pressure nozzle: Remove
dirt and debris from the nozzle bore, using a needle and rinse through with water from the front.
 Check water flow quantity.
KÄRCHER UK Limited operates a helpline
allowing customers to discuss any problems experienced with our products.
The helpline operates during normal business hours and may be busy at peak periods.If you have difficulty getting through we
would ask that you try to contact us again
later in the day.
Appliance is leaking
 Slight leakage from the appliance pump
is normal. If the leakage increases contact the authorized customer service.
No detergent infeed
 Use spray lance with pressure regulation (Vario Power).
Turn the spray lance to "Mix" position.
 Check the settings at the dosage regulator for detergent.
 Check the detergent suction hose for
The helpline number is 01295 752200,
open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
It helps us if you have the model number
and data plate details to hand before making your call so that we can assist you with
your query more effectively.
Alternatively you may write to us at the
address below:
Kärcher House
Beaumont Road
Oxon, OX16 1TB
or E-mail us:
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Technical specifications
Electrical connection
230-240 V
1~50 Hz
1,8 kW
13 A
Connected load
Protection class
Protective class
Mains fuse (slow-blow)
Water connection
Max. feed pressure
0,8 MPa
Max. feed temperature
40 °C
Min. feed volume
9 I/min
Max. Suction height
0,5 m
Performance data
Working pressure
11 MPa
Max. permissible pressure
13 MPa
Water flow rate
6,3 I/min
Detergent flow rate
0,3 I/min
Recoil force of trigger gun
16 N
Dimensions and weights
349 mm
426 mm
878 mm
Weight, ready to operate
15,3 kg
with accessories
Values determined as per EN 60335-2-79
Hand-arm vibration value
<2,5 m/s2
Uncertainty K
0,3 m/s2
Sound pressure level LpA
75 dB(A)
3 dB(A)
Uncertainty KpA
Sound power level LWA +
92 dB(A)
Uncertainty KWA
Subject to technical modifications!
EC Declaration of Conformity
We hereby declare that the machine described below complies with the relevant
basic safety and health requirements of the
EU Directives, both in its basic design and
construction as well as in the version put
into circulation by us. This declaration shall
cease to be valid if the machine is modified
without our prior approval.
High pressure cleaner
Relevant EU Directives
2006/42/EC (+2009/127/EC)
Applied harmonized standards
EN 50581
EN 55014–2: 1997+A1: 2001+A2: 2008
EN 60335–1
EN 60335–2–79
EN 61000–3–2: 2006+A1: 2009+A2: 2009
EN 61000–3–3: 2013
EN 62233: 2008
Applied conformity evaluation method
2000/14/EC: Appendix V
Sound power level dB(A)
Guaranteed: 92
The undersigned act on behalf and under
the power of attorney of the company management.
Head of Approbation
Authorised Documentation Representative
S. Reiser
Alfred Kärcher GmbH Co. KG
Alfred-Kärcher-Str. 28 - 40
71364 Winnenden (Germany)
Phone: +49 7195 14-0
Fax: +49 7195 14-2212
Winnenden, 2014/01/01
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Spare Parts
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