As spring turns into summer, homeowners the world over are pulling their lawnmowers out of the garage or shed. If you are like most people, you just park your ride on lawnmower late in the fall and don’t think about it until you need it again in the spring. While this works out fine for many people, some people do have a few problems. What should you do if your lawnmower won’t start again? Here are some tips to get you mowing again.
Before you take your ride on lawnmower into a shop for costly repairs, there are some easy things you can check for at home yourself. More often than not, you can save yourself a lot of money by doing some troubleshooting and seeing if your problem can be fixed easily yourself.
The first thing you can check for if your ride on lawnmower won’t start is bad gasoline. If a riding lawn mower has been sitting in the garage for 7 months straight, there is a chance that the gas in the tank is bad. No matter which type of mower you have, it should have a gas tank drain plug on the bottom of the tank to allow you to drain the gasoline. Try replacing it with fresh gas and see if it works.
Another common culprit of ride on lawnmower problems is the spark plug. A lawnmower engine is pretty simple, so the spark plug should be fairly easy to find. Pull out the wire attached to the spark plug and unscrew the plug to inspect it. If it looks really black or worn, bring it to a landscaping supply store and buy a replacement for a few bucks.
If neither of these two things will do the trick, other common problems that ride on lawnmowers have are clogged fuel pumps, dead batteries, and clogged air filters. With the exception of a clogged fuel pump, charging a battery and replacing the air filters are easy tasks that pretty much any homeowner can accomplish themselves.
Ride-on lawnmowers can save homeowners lots of time when it comes time to mow the lawn in comparison to push lawnmowers, but they do need a bit of maintenance to keep them operating properly. The good news is that most of the time, you can fix any riding lawn mower problems on your own, without having to bring the mower into a shop for repairs or having to get someone to come out to fix your ride on lawnmower at your home. So that means that the costs to get the mower back into working order shouldn’t be high, and you should be back to riding on your lawn mower again in virtually no time.