With winter assuredly here, and snowfall looking on the horizon, many Marylanders have probably been meaning to take a look at their snow blower for quite some time. While a professional snow removal service will take care of snow for you, if you’d rather do it yourself and have run into a finicky snow blower that just won’t start, Lehnhoff’s Landscaping is here with a few tips on troubleshooting the situation.
Check the Fuel Tank
A snow blower without any gas isn’t going anywhere. Examine your fuel and oil levels to make sure you’ve got plenty to get going. If you didn’t add any fuel stabilizer before you stored your snow blower, the fuel may have lost its combustibility. Drain the tank through the carburetor and pour in some fresh gas.
Examine the Fuel Shutoff Valve
IF you haven’t taken a look at your snow blower for a while, chances are you may have forgotten about the fuel shutoff valve, Locate it, using a manual if necessary and flip it from OFF to ON.
Know Those Switches
There’s still a few more switches to look out for. Certain snow blower models have key-operated safety switches, similar to those on lawnmowers, AND red toggle switches. If you’re running into trouble starting your snow blower make sure you’ve inserted your key and that your toggle switch is in the run position. If you fail to do this not only will your snow blower not start, you could accidentally flood the engine.
Choking Under Pressure
To start a snow blower under any conditions the choke (the throttle) should be at least at ¾ speed. In cold weather there’s nothing wrong with going in for a little extra choke if the situation calls for it. If your snow blower’s engine is too cold, it may be worth turning the choke up to the max. In very cold weather you may even want to avoid priming the engine altogether, as this could flood the engine.
Still No-Go to Blow Some Snow?
If none of these steps have helped you, or you’re looking to bypass the hassle of snow blowing and winter lawn care altogether, call Lehnhoff’s Landscaping. We provide professional snow removal and landscaping services for all of Maryland. Our teams of snow removal experts manage everything from plowing, to shoveling, to ice scraping. We have years and years of experience in removing snow from parking lots, roads, sidewalks, as well as salting and ice melting.
Our snow removal plans and planting services will ensure that no matter what time of year it is, your property will be stunning and safe. If you have any more questions about snow removal in Baltimore, contact Lehnhoff’s Landscaping by Calling 443.921.5789 or visit LehnoffsLandscaping.com today!