Tips on Troubleshooting a Broken Leaf Blower
Keeping a yard clean requires lots of hard work. Many owners of big yards keep a leaf blower to ease the pain of sweeping or getting rid of leaves with a rake.
However, they have now switched to gas-powered or electric leaf blowers because without it, cleaning the yard can be too time consuming and strenuous.
There are two types of leaf blowers: one is gas powered and the other is electric. Gas-powered leaf blowers require gas and oil to function.
They are fitted with a motor that needs to be maintained constantly. They weigh more and create more noise as well. They also emit smoke.
Some gas-powered blowers can fit in a backpack or a shoulder bag. Some come in casings with wheels for portability. Gas-powered blowers are good devices because using these is the fastest way to clean the yard.
Because of the noise that is produced by gas leaf blowers, some cities and towns restrict their use at certain times of the day. There are districts that prohibit the use of the gas blower altogether.
The Noise Pollution Clearinghouse indicates the list of regulations regarding leaf blowers. The clearinghouse also shows noise levels at a 50-meter radius and tells which brands are within acceptable levels.
There are other alternatives to gas leaf blowers. These are electric blowers that are powered by a cord or a battery. There are people who choose the wireless leaf blowers that are powered by rechargeable lithium batteries because they do not make noise and are easy to move to any part of the yard.
Leaf blowers that are powered by direct current come with cords. To use these, an extension wire is required to reach big distances.
While using a leaf blower, observe a few measures to avoid accidents. Here are some of them:
- Be kind to yourself and others. Always wear safety gear such as goggles, gloves and dust mask to protect yourself from flying debris.
- Wear hearing protection when using a gas-powered leaf blower.
- Keep people and pets away from your cleaning area.
- Use the leaf blower only during midmorning or late afternoon. Beware of the noise and other disturbances it may cause.
What to Do if the Leaf Blower Won’t Start?
There are a few ways to troubleshoot a blower that doesn’t start. The task is simple in case of electric blowers because they work on simpler mechanism as compared to gas-powered blowers.
Knowing the parts that make the blower run is half the battle won.
Common issues of electric leaf blowers can be narrowed down to a few. Usually, an electric blower doesn’t work because of faulty wiring or a problematic power source.
The plug or cable might also be damaged. Terminals might be broken. The motor might be defective or the fan may be blocked.
These common causes are what you should look out for when the blower does not start. Also, check the power supply. Most electric blowers don’t start because the battery might not be charged.
Most electric blowers come with a battery charger with an indicator to show if it’s charging. Check the manual for the battery charger settings.
Inspect the cord and outlets. If the power terminals are broken, then the blower cord will not transmit any electrical current. Check the cord as well for any damages.
An electrical leaf blower needs sufficient amount of electricity to function. You can also use a tester to check if there is enough power going to the blower.
Check the fan to see if debris is stuck into the propeller. Turn the propeller by hand and see if it is working. If there is a grinding noise, then there might be some dirt caught in the mechanism.
A worn out propeller also causes it to jam when power is supplied to the leaf blower.
If there are problems with electric motor, open the hatch that is located behind the motor housing. There is a central spindle that is located at the middle of the motor and it should spin.
If it’s not spinning, then there might be a thermal cut off. This can be remedied by pressing the reset button.