Common Snowblower Problems and How to Fix Them at Home

Winter can be a beautiful season, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One of the most common challenges homeowners face during this time is dealing with snow buildup on their driveways and walkways. This is where snowblowers come in handy. However, like any other mechanical device, snowblowers can sometimes encounter problems that require repair. In this article, we will explore some common snowblower problems and provide you with tips on how to fix them at home.

Engine Won’t Start

One of the most frustrating issues you may encounter with your snowblower is an engine that refuses to start. There are several potential causes for this problem. First, ensure that your snowblower has enough fuel in the tank. If the fuel level is low or empty, fill it up and try starting the engine again.

If the fuel level isn’t the issue, check if the spark plug is dirty or faulty. Remove the spark plug from the engine and inspect it for any signs of damage or deposits. If it appears dirty or worn out, consider replacing it with a new one.

Another possible cause could be a clogged carburetor. Over time, residue from old fuel can accumulate in the carburetor and obstruct fuel flow to the engine. To fix this issue, clean the carburetor thoroughly using a carburetor cleaner.

Poor Performance or Reduced Power

If you notice that your snowblower is not performing as well as it used to or has reduced power output, there are a few things you can check to address this problem.

Firstly, examine the auger blades for any signs of damage or wear. If they appear dull or damaged, sharpening or replacing them may help restore your snowblower’s performance.

Another common cause of poor performance is a worn-out drive belt. Inspect the belt for any signs of cracking or stretching. If it is damaged, replace it with a new one to restore the power transmission between the engine and the wheels.

Lastly, check the air filter. A clogged air filter can restrict airflow to the engine, leading to reduced power output. Remove the air filter and clean or replace it if necessary.

Snowblower Doesn’t Throw Snow

If your snowblower fails to throw snow properly, it can be quite frustrating. The likely cause of this problem is a clogged chute or impeller. The chute is responsible for directing snow out of the machine, while the impeller throws it away.

To fix this issue, first turn off your snowblower and disconnect its spark plug wire for safety purposes. Then, clear any debris or snow buildup from the chute and impeller using a brush or your hands.

Additionally, inspect the auger belt for any signs of damage or slipping. A worn-out auger belt can reduce its spinning speed and prevent proper snow throwing. Replace the belt if needed.

Excessive Vibration or Noise

Excessive vibration or unusual noise coming from your snowblower can indicate underlying problems that need attention.

Inspect the auger paddles for any signs of wear or damage as they are responsible for breaking up and propelling snow forward. If they are worn out, consider replacing them to reduce vibrations during operation.

Another potential cause could be loose bolts or nuts in various parts of your snowblower. Check all fasteners and tighten them as necessary to eliminate unnecessary vibrations.

In conclusion, while encountering problems with your snowblower can be frustrating, many issues can be resolved at home without professional assistance. By following these tips on diagnosing common problems such as engine start failures, reduced performance, poor snow throwing capabilities, excessive vibration or noise; you’ll be able to keep your snowblower working efficiently throughout the winter season. Remember to always prioritize safety and consult your snowblower’s user manual for specific instructions on maintenance and repair.

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