Your lawnmower failing can be a real nuisance, but it doesn’t always mean that you need to replace the whole machine straight away. Often, the problems can be solved with quick fixes enabling you to get back to cutting your grass. Once you have identified the problem, it is usually easy to fix.
If you find that your machine won’t run properly, before you delve deeply into investigating the individual components you should first check that it isn’t clogged with leaves or debris. It is always possible that there is a blockage that is preventing the machine from running properly, and if you try to start a machine that is blocked too often it can seriously damage the inner workings. Checking the cutting deck should therefore be the first port of call but make sure the power is well and truly off before you do so.
Electric or battery lawnmowers have fewer parts than their petrol counterparts, but you still need to know what potential issues you could come up against.
If you are having problems getting the machine going, you will need to check the condition of the cables that drive the electricity. Over an extended period of use these cables can become frayed and can lose their efficacy. In these instances, a replacement cable will be a much better option than a new machine altogether, but you will need to get a professional to install the new cable. If there isn’t anything wrong with the cable itself, it is worth looking at the fuses or the extension cables as some extension cables are not compatible with certain lawnmowers due to the limitations in the required number of amps it takes to run.
Petrol machines are susceptible to a lot more problems as there are significantly more components that make the whole machine run. If you are using the lawnmower for the first time after winter you should check to see if you have any old fuel in the tank, as fuel can go stale after a while which is less efficient and will struggle to ignite. At best case your machine won’t run but the worst-case scenario is you could damage your engine.
Petrol mowers can also have problems caused by old spark plugs. After a long period of use, spark plugs can become soiled due to carbon build up which can cause them to struggle to ignite the fuel. You can clean your spark plugs but it is often better to replace them at the end of each cutting season.
If your machine still doesn’t start you should take a look at your air filter. Petrol machines require air to ignite the fuel so if your air filter is clogged this will hinder the airflow. After long periods of use, filters can get clogged as a result of a build up of carbon so you should look to replace this at the end of each year in order to keep your machine working at its optimal level for as long as possible.