How do you Unflood a leaf blower?
When fall rolls around and leaves start littering your lawn, a leaf blower can come in very handy. It can be pretty frustrating, though, when you try to use your blower and it doesn’t operate properly. While some issues may requires professional assistance, you should familiarize yourself with some of the more common leaf blower problems so you can troubleshoot the matter as quickly as possible and get back to blowing those pesky leaves off your lawn.
Won’t Turn On
A gas-powered leaf blower won’t start if it doesn’t have fuel, so check the gas tank to ensure that it’s full. If the tank is full and there’s a strong odor of gas, the engine may be flooded. Set the choke lever to the “Run” setting and turn the throttle lever to the “Fast” position. Then pull the cord until the engine finally starts. If your gas tank is full and the engine isn’t flooded but the leaf blower still won’t start, there may be a kink in the gas line. You may need to reposition the line to allow gas to reach the engine. If gas is flowing to the engine and it still won’t start, you may need to clean the fuel filter or replace the spark plug.
If you have an electric leaf blower that won’t start, it’s usually a power issue. Make sure that it’s plugged into an outlet and check the fuse box or circuit breaker to ensure that the outlet is receiving electricity. If your outlet is protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), you may need to press its “Test” and “Reset” buttons before trying to start the blower again. When a blower is receiving power but still won’t start, it’s time to take it to a service center.
How do you Unflood a leaf blower?
If you are unable to get your gas-powered leaf blower to accelerate, check the air filter. A clogged filter can strain the engine, so clean it of any debris. An extremely dirty or damaged filter should be replaced. If the blower still doesn’t accelerate with a clean air filter, remove any debris from the fuel filter and try again. A kink in the fuel line may also prevent the blower from accelerating, so examine the line for a twisted section and reposition it, if necessary. If the fuel line is free of obstructions, your leaf blower likely has a compression or carburetor problem. Visit your local service center for assistance.
Limited Air Delivery
When your leaf blower fails to deliver sufficient air, there is usually an issue with its impeller. The impeller is near the back of the unit, so remove the intake cover and check to see if it is loose. Tighten it, if necessary. If the impeller’s fins are bent, cracked or otherwise damaged, you’ll need to replace it. Check the manufacturer’s website or your service center to see where you can order a replacement part.
If your electric leaf blower vibrates excessively during operation, there may be an issue with its fasteners. Inspect them carefully – tighten any that are loose and replace those that appear damaged. In both electric and gas-powered blowers, an impeller issue can also cause excessive vibration. Tighten the impeller, if necessary. Replace it if it is bent or cracked. Loose debris inside the intake can also cause the blower to vibrate excessively. Remove the intake cover and clean the area, if necessary. If the blower still experiences excessive vibration, there may be some type of mechanical failure so it’s best to take it to your local service center.