Lawn Mower Repair: Common Problems And Troubleshooting Tips

October 29, 2021

Lawn mower having trouble starting? Does it suddenly lose power or slow down during use? Lawn mower repair skills will help get you out of a jam. 

Not to mention, basic lawn mower maintenance knowledge comes in handy if you are maintaining your lawn by yourself. Some problems can be avoidable, while many are inevitable due to wear and tear or poor maintenance. 

At All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care, we know what it is like when a lawn mower fails to do its job. In this article, you will learn the most common problems and how to fix them. 

The lawn mower Has Trouble Starting

Having your lawn more shut down on you at the start of mowing or in the midst of it is the worst. If your lawn mower is having trouble starting, here are a few troubleshooting tips to help get it up and running.

  • Check the fuel. Sometimes, we forget to fill the fuel tank. Unfortunately, a lawn mower needs it to operate. The fuel should be changed regularly at least once every 30 days and avoid using old fuel. 
  • Inspect the gas tank. On other occasions, the gas tank could have a leak. Ensure any and all leaks are correctly sealed or purchase a replacement tank.
  • Battery Capacity. Batteries are just as important as filling the tank. At some point, the battery will need replacing due to wear and tear. If the gas tank has no leaks and has fuel, it could be that the battery does not have enough charge.

The lawn mower slows down or loses power

It is inevitable that over time a lawn mower will suddenly lose power or start sputtering until it comes to a complete stop. Here are some quick troubleshooting tips to help power up the mower.

  • Change the filter. A dirty filter is one of the most common reasons why a lawn mower fails to do its job. Not every lawn mower is built the same so refer to the owner’s manual to find the filter. Although costly, replacing dirty filters will help improve the longevity and power of your lawn mower. 
  • Check the cutting height setting. The lawn mower won’t cut the grass if the grass is taller than the height setting. Adjust the lawn mower cutting height settings to accommodate the height of the grass. 
  • Clean the blade. The blade will often have build-up that needs frequent cleaning to prevent clogging. Refer to the owner’s manual for instructions on how to clean the blade safely and adequately. 

The starter rope is hard to pull or stuck

Before pulling the starter rope, check that the flywheel brake is not engaged and do not press the mower’s handle. Sometimes the lawn mower is touching the ground which can block the starter rope from activating the mower. 

To troubleshoot, lay the lawn mower down on a flat, even surface. Next, disconnect the spark plug and clean any dirt or grass build-up.

The lawn mower overheats and starts smoking

If your mower begins to start smoking, that is usually a sign that the chamber has too much oil. Fortunately, this common problem is not too big of an issue and is easy to troubleshoot. 

First, check the chamber to confirm if that is the source of the overheating. If the chamber is not overflowing with oil, it could be a leak releasing oil into the muffler. This can cause the lawn mower to start smoking.

Sometimes, the issue can also be the cap is not screwed on tight enough. However, if the smoke is a light in color or completely white, this could be a more severe problem. At that point, it is best to have a professional take a look to assess the issue. 

Contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care

When in doubt, contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care. We’ll take care of maintaining your lawn and get it looking like it should. Our lawn care and fertilizing services will help kick-start the process of making your yard look pristine in no time. 

Contact our friendly team at 801-477-1289 or visit our website to learn more about the services we have to offer.