If you’re preparing to go blow the leaves off your driveway, patio, yard and walkways, you might be a little surprised if your gas leaf blower won’t start or displays other issues. Before you run out to buy a new one, there are some things that you can check and fix on your own to get yours working again. This guide explains what types of issues you might experience with your gas leaf blower might have, and how to fix them.
If you go to your garage, pick up your gas leaf blower and it doesn’t start, there could be a few different things wrong. Here are some possible culprits, and some ideas to fix them:
- Lack of fuel: Check the fuel tank to see if it’s empty. If so, add some fuel.
- Flooded engine: If you’ve tried repeatedly to start the leaf blower but have had no success, the engine may be flooded. Let the unit sit for a while and then try again.
- Dirty fuel filter: Check the fuel filter to see if it’s dirty. If so, remove it and rinse it out, and then let it dry before replacing it. If you prefer, purchase a new one.
- Bad spark plug: Check the spark plug for dirt or other debris and replace if necessary.
Not Enough Air
Check the impeller if your gas leaf blower is not blowing out enough air. The impeller is located near the back of the unit, behind the intake cover. Remove this cover to see if the impeller is loose. If so, tighten it up. If the fins appear bent or cracked, remove the impeller. Then go to the hardware store and buy the appropriate one for your model. If you’re not comfortable removing it yourself, take the unit with you and ask the service professional at the store to help.
Lack of Acceleration
A lack of acceleration will cause your leaf blower to not blow out air. A few things that can cause this, and they are simple to fix. The most common cause is a clogged air filter. Remove this filter and clean it with water. Wait for it to dry before replacing it.
If cleaning the air filter doesn’t work, clean the fuel filter. If that doesn’t work, look for a kink in the fuel line. If one is present, straighten it out carefully and try again.
If none of the above help the acceleration problem, then take it to a specialist to have the unit inspected for a compression problem or to see if the carburetor needs work or replaced.
Do what you can to get your leaf blower in working order before you call a professional. But if you can’t fix the problem on your own, consult with a lawn care expert like Outdoor Service Inc to help get to the root of the problem, so that you’ll avoid doing more damage to the unit.