Saving Money by Doing Your Own Snowblower Repair
Snow blower repair can be simple and effective, if you do it right. You’ll also save a ton of money by not having to pay a professional to do it for you. Below are a few steps that should help you to keep your snow blower working for years to come.
Step 1 – Getting Started
Prepare your snow blower and work area before you start yoru repairs. Choose a well lit area where you will have a lot of space. Be sure your snow blower is turned off before you start your repairs.
Step 2 – Repairs
You should start by replacing the spark plugs on your snow blower. After you have done this you can start on the carburetor. You’ll need to take it out and completely dismantle it. The jets and inlet needles will need to be cleaned with a cleaner specifically for carburetors. After you have cleaned your jets and inlet needles you’ll need to put them back in place along with your carburetor.
Step 3 – Blades
Check the blades on your snow blower regularly. If they don’t yet need to be replaced then you will need to rub a wax onto them to keep them in workable condition. If your blades do need to be replaced, do away with the rivets and swap the blades out.
Step 4 – Fuel Filter
If your fuel filter needs to be changed out, begin by draining the gas tank. The easiest way to do this is to take your snow blower outside and let it go until it runs out of gas. After you have done this you will need to refill the snow blower with fresh fuel. Some snow blowers don’t have fuel filters, so this may not even be an option for you.
Step 5 – Upkeep
It’s best to maintain your snow blower throughout the year to ensure that you will have as few repairs to worry about as possible. One of the ways to do this is by draining out the oil with new oil. This should be done at the very beginning of the spring each year.
Look at your owners’ manual for any additional assistance. This will have specific instructions for you to follow about your exact snow blower.
You should never try to fix a jam in your snow blower by sticking your hands or arms into the blades. This can be dangerous, even if the snow blower is not turned on. When the blades are released, the force itself can cause injury.