When it’s working right, a leaf blower is an essential piece of lawn equipment, especially during the fall. But when it’s not working, it can be a drain on your time and resources to get it running again. Fortunately, there are a few common problems you can fix at home to get your blower back up and running.
Leaf Blower Troubleshooting Steps
1. Check the Power or Fuel
If the machine won’t start up, it may be cut off from its power supply. If your leaf blower is electric, make sure it’s plugged in and the outlet is working. If it runs on gas, ensure there’s some in the tank.
2. Empty the Flooded Engine
In a gas-powered leaf blower, the problem is sometimes too much fuel in the wrong places. If it won’t start and is producing a strong gasoline smell, you likely have a flooded engine. Set the choke lever to “run” and the throttle to “fast,” then pull the starter multiple times until it takes.
3. Look for Kinks
Another gas-related problem is a kink in the fuel line. If your leaf blower won’t start, or if it starts but doesn’t accelerate, check the length of the fuel line to make sure it’s not obstructed.
4. Check the Filters
There are two important filters on your leaf blower: the air filter and the fuel filter. If either one is clogged, it can interfere with the machine’s operation. Clean and replace the air filter first, then check the fuel filter for debris if the problem persists.
5. Adjust the Impeller
The impeller is the fan that moves air through your leaf blower, so if it’s loose or damaged, you may not get much force. Check the impeller. If it’s bent or damaged, you may need a replacement, but if it’s only loose, you can tighten it at home.
By performing these basic checks, you can usually get your equipment working again or at least rule out a few causes. If you’re still having problems, take your leaf blower in for repairs.
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