A lawnmower failing to start can be a massive pain, however, often it doesn’t always mean there are fatal problems. There are a number of causes that are simple to fix, and being able to understand and diagnose these problems early will help prolong the life of your lawnmower. Often, these issues will vary depending on the type of power used.
Before you look into the smaller components in more detail, you will need to check that there are no leaves or debris that are clogging up the works. If there is a blockage that is preventing the blades from turning this can seriously damage the machine.
Petrol mowers have a lot of smaller components that all work to make the machine run. If any of these fail, this can cause problems with your lawnmower.
If your lawnmower doesn’t start, there are a few things you can check. If petrol has been left in the tank for a while, this can cause problems with the machine but is easy to fix. Old fuel goes stale after a while which, at best, prevents it from igniting and, at worst, can damage your engine. You should also check the air filter on a petrol lawnmower. As the internal combustion engine needs air to ignite the fuel, a blocked air filter will prevent this from happening. After repeated use, air filters can get clogged up with carbon build up so you should look to replace this every year to make sure you get the best from it.
With electric or battery mowers, there are fewer parts but that doesn’t mean it cannot have problems. If your machine fails to start, you will need to check the health of the cables or batteries. The cable can become frayed after long periods of use, which can cause issues with the machines. In addition to this, some extension cables will not be compatible with the required amount of amps to run an electric mower. Another possible cause can be as a result of blown fuses.