Powr-Flite PFX1385MAX Owner's manual

Powr-Flite PFX1385MAX Owner's manual
Black Max 13 Gallon
Heated Extractor
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PFX1385MAX-MAN 04/2020
Congratulations on your purchase of a full size extractor. You are now equipped to handle any
and all commercial carpet cleaning jobs. Your new unit is a high quality, precision-made product.
All parts used in the manufacturing of this unit have passed rigid quality control standards prior
to assembly. Please safeguard the original receipt / invoice. If you experience any problems with
your unit during the warranty period, the original receipt / invoice will act as proof of purchase.
Shipping and Damage
This equipment is thoroughly inspected, tested, and packaged to provide equipment in good
operating condition. It is beyond our control after the equipment is turned over to a freight carrier.
The freight carrier received and signed for the equipment in good condition. Consequently, it is
most important to protect your interest by carefully complying with the following instructions:
Please inspect your cartons for any damage (including concealed damage) that might have
occurred during shipment. Any damage is the responsibility of the freight carrier and should be
reported to the freight carrier immediately. It is your responsibility to issue a claim and to receive
compensation from the freight carrier for any damage done in transit. Damage of this sort is not
Read and understand this owner’s manual and all labels on the unit before operating. Safety is a
combination of common sense,staying alert and knowing how your unit works. Use this unit only
as described in this manual. Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments. To reduce the
risk of personal injury or damage to your unit use only recommended accessories.
WARNING To avoid fire, DO NOT use with a flammable or combustible liquid or clean floor.
WARNING To avoid electric shock, DO NOT expose to rain. Store Indoors.
When using this full size extractor, basic precautions should always be followed, including the
1) DO NOT leave unit when plugged in. Unplug from outlet when not in use and before servicing.
2) DO NOT allow unit to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used around or near
3) Use only as described in this manual. Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments.
4) DO NOT use with damaged cord or plug. If unit is not working properly because it has been
dropped, dropped into water, left outdoors, or damaged in any way, contact a service center
5) DO NOT handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
6) DO NOT put any objects into openings.
DO NOT use with any opening blocked: keep free of dust, lint, hair, or anything that may
reduce air flow.
7) Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts.
8) DO NOT pick up anything that is smoking or burning such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.
9) DO NOT use to pick up hazardous chemicals.
10) Turn off all controls before unplugging.
11) Turn unit off immediately if foam or liquid comes from machine exhaust. Empty & clean out
recovery (dirty) tank and use defoamer to correct the problem.
12) DO NOT use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline or use in areas
where they may be present.
13) DO NOT use where oxygen or anesthetics are used.
14) Replace damaged or worn parts immediately with genuine original equipment parts to
maintain safety.
15) This unit must be connected to a properly grounded outlet only. See grounding instructions.
Grounding Instructions
This appliance must be grounded. If it should malfunction or breakdown, grounding provides
a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk electric shock. This machine
is equipped with a cord having an equipment -grounding conductor and grounding plug. The
plug must be inserted into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in
accordance with all local codes and ordinances.
WARNING: Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a risk
of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or service person if you are in doubt as to
whether the outlet is properly grounded. Do not modify the plug provided with the appliance - if
it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.
This appliance is for use on a nominal 115-volt circuit, and has a grounding plug that looks like
the plug illustrated in sketch A
General Instructions for the Full Size Series Extractors
Follow these easy step by step instructions to ensure proper operating performance.
1. Fill up the fresh water solution tank with tap water that is 120-135o F (49-57oC) degrees and
approved carpet cleaning chemical if you are not pre-spraying your chemical on the carpet.
2. Attach two 12 gauge extension cords (NOT INCLUDED) (one cord for non-heated models) to
each of the pigtail cords located on the lower backside of the unit. The red pigtail powers the
heater while the black pigtail powers the vacuum motors and pump.
3. Plug each extension cord into a SEPARATE and grounded 20 amp wall socket circuits, when
this is accomplished the green indicator light will be lit (on heated models).
4. Attach the hose system to the unit and to your carpet wand.
5. Turn on the heater and the pump to the “ON” position, (only pump on non-heated models)
when the heater is on the orange indicator light on the switch panel will be lit.
6. With the solution line attached to the wand and the machine, prime the pump by squeezing
the trigger on the wand releasing the water (hold wand tip over solution tank to put water back
into solution tank). This will pump water into the heater and get any air out of the solution line.
Let the heater heat up, this will take 3 to 5 minutes. *Prime pump on 400 p.s.i. models with prime
hose (included).
7. Turn vacuum switches to the “ON” position one at a time to begin cleaning.
8. Anyone designated to operate this equipment must, without fail, read and thoroughly
understand all instructions and precautions prior to use.
9. Never use equipment out of doors or in the rain.
10. Never use flammable or explosive materials in or around this equipment!!!
11. When recovery tank is full, empty by using drain hose at rear of machine. If a pail is used to
empty the recovery tank, do not use the same pail to fill the solution tank as this can result in
putting dirt and grit into the solution line that can plug filters, orifices, and generally degrade the
solution line system (do not reuse solution).
12. To empty solution tank, detach the wand from the end of the vacuum hose and insert the
vacuum hose into the solution tank. Turn the vacuum switches to “ON” position and transfer
solution to recovery tank and dispose of as outlined in #11. Clean vacuum stack filter at this time.
To receive reliable service from this equipment, regular daily maintenance is a requirement. Fabric
cleaning, both carpet and upholstery, are very dirty environments for any equipment.
The following recommendations are offered.
1. Keep the equipment clean, both inside and out.
2. Lubricate brass quick disconnects and drain valves with a quality lubricant such as WD-40®.
3. Flush solution systems after use with clear, clean water. (A white vinegar solution may also be
used). This will counter-act hard water and alkaline deposits and aid in keeping orifices clean.
4. Do not allow fluid either in solution or waste tank to sit overnight. The unit should be emptied
and cleaned daily.
5. Clean the strainer in the solution tank, the filters on the vacuum stack in recovery tank and all
lint filters in the inlet or vacuum tanks daily.
6. Do not use the same receptacle (pail) to fill solution tank that has been used to remove waste
water from recovery tank.
7. When the unit is not in use, leave the vacuum tank lid open.
8. At the end of each day, run the vacuum for 3 minutes with lid open and filter off.
Safety Precautions
These precautions are designed with the safety of the operator, the equipment, and others in
mind and must be followed at all times to avoid serious personal harm and/or death, and damage
to the unit.
1. Never use equipment near or around flammable or explosive materials, fuels, or solvents.
2. Never lift the machine by the drain hose.
3. Do not allow the unit to freeze!
4. The equipment was not designed to be used outdoors or in the rain.
5. Do not operate in standing water.
6. Wear safety equipment and clothing to protect from extremely hot water.
7. Do not operate equipment under any unsafe condition.
8. Common sense is a powerful force in protecting the operator, the equipment and others from
serious damage injury and/or death.
Storage of Equipment
1. Store extractor indoors in dry area.
2. Recovery and solution tank should be empty and clean when the extractor is not in use.
3. Leave the recovery lid and dump valve open to air out the recovery tank.
4. Do not store in freezing temperature.
5. A small amount of windshield washer fluid, available at an auto supply, may be left in the pump
and internal solution line for protection against freezing.
1. Do not break off or pull the grounding prong on the plug.
2. Do not attempt repair on a warranted machine unless instructions to perform it by an
authorized shop are obtained from the factory.
3. Do not use citrus-based (D-Limonene) cleaners in this machine.
4. Do not use cleaning chemicals in this machine except those recommended for steam-type
extraction equipment. The use of any chemicals with abrasive additives voids the warranty.
5. Do not use any replacement parts except those specified on the parts list. Performance of the
machine could be affected if substitutions are made.
6. Do not use water in excess of 140° F (60° C) through the pump system. It could damage the
seals and polyprophene casing of the diaphragm pump.
7. Follow maintenance schedule strictly.
8. Failure to comply with the above warnings instructions will void the warranty.
Read All Instructions, Warning and Cautions Before Using. These guidelines are presented
for your protection and convenience. Please read them carefully, since failure to heed these
precautions could result in discomfort or injury. When using an electrical appliance, basic safety
precautions should always be followed.
Troubleshooting Information
No electrical power.
1. Defective power cord.
2. Circuit breaker off or fuse
Switch is turned on.
1. Faulty electrical cable.
Intermittent power to motor(s). 2. Defective switches.
3. Loose terminal.
Electrical Shock
1. Equipment not grounded.
1. Replace
2. Turn circuit breaker on or
replace fuse.
Unplug any equipment using
the same circuit.
1. Repair or replace.
2. Replace.
3. Replace.
1. Locate grounded outlet.
Vacuum motor on, low or no
vacuum at wand.
1. Drain hose open.
2. Defective vacuum hose
Kinks in vacuum hose.
3. Vacuum disconnected.
1. Close drain hose.
2. Repair or replace hose.
4. Damaged recovery tank
5. Lint clogging ball type
shutoff screen.
6. Loose hose connection
7. Vacuum motor exhaust
Motor running and no vacuum
and no exhaust from the
1. Faulty vacuum motor.
2. Water shutoff closed.
Premature closing of ball type
shutoff. Ball type shutoff
failing to release after recovery
tank is drained.
1. Dirty or clogged shut off
filter screen.
2. Ball coated with detergent
or other foreign material.
3. Screen slightly out of round.
3. Open machine, connect
vacuum hose to recovery
4. Replace tank lid. Recovery
tank lid must be closed.
5. Clean out fibers and
accumulated dirt from screen.
6. Check for leaks between
stand pipe and around clamps
and cuffs vacuum motor.
Replace damaged hose(s).
7. Check air flow by removing
hose from machine and
feel the exhaust under the
machine. Remove obstruction.
1. Replace.
2. Clean water shutoff screen.
1. Remove and clean screen.
2. Remove and rinse ball with
clean water.
3. Bend screen by squeezing
slightly by hand until there is
an obvious space between
ball and inside of screen.
Foam/dirty solution coming
out of vacuum exhaust port.
1. Foam carpet bypassing
1. Use additional defoamer.
water shutoff.
2. Elbow in vacuum tank is not 2. The elbow should be
positioned correctly.
pointed directly at the side
wall of the tank away from the
ball type shutoff.
Pump motor but no spray
through jets.
1. Clogged or faulty solution
control valve.
Uneven spray from jet. Spray
weak or uneven.
Leaking or stuck solution
Pump motor not working.
Pump pressure low
Pump pressure varies.
1. Check intake on valve and
remove lint or other foreign
2. Clogged or faulty quick
2. Depress plunger on solution
disconnect on housing.
hose against inside wall of
solution tank. If solution is
flowing at this point, the
system is OK If no solution
flows, check the quick
disconnect for lint and other
foreign matter.
3. Punctured pump diaphragm. 3. Replace with diaphragm
repair kit.
4. Clogged jets
4. Clean jets on wand or tool.
1. Clogged strainer in solution 1. Unscrew strainer and
remove lint and any other
foreign material from screen.
2. Clogged jet.
2. Remove and clean.
1. Foreign material in valve.
1. Remove brass hex plug,
clean valve and replace.
2. Loose brass hex nut.
2. Reseal hex and plug.
3. Valve or seals worn
3. Replace worn parts with
solution valve repair kit.
1. Loose wiring
1. Tighten wiring
2. Defective pump pressure
2. Replace with new pressure
switch assembly.
3. Motor burnout
3. Replace pump motor
1. Clogged screens on strainer 1. Unscrew strainer remove lint
in solution tank.
and any other foreign material
from screen.
2. Punctured pump diaphragm. 2. Replace with diaphragm
repair kit.
3. Pump not primed
3. Plug priming hose into
solution connection and place
end in solution tank. Run
pump for 4 minutes.
1. Worn carbon brushes.
1. Replace brushes.
2. Defective pump pressure
2. Replace.
control switch.
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A Tacony Company
3101 Wichita Court • Fort Worth, TX 76140-1755
1-800-880-2913 • Fax: 1-817-551-0719
PFX1385MAX-MAN 04/2020
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