As snow blowers typically take quite a bit of abuse, they tend to run into problems from time to time; however, most common snow blower problems can be remedied rather easily. When a tough winter sets in, there’s nothing better than having a quality snow blower on hand. Snow blowers are ideal for clearing baths when you don’t have the time or energy to shovel, and can effectively finish a job in an extremely short period of time.
One of the most common problems people run into when operating a snow blower is that their engines fail to start. There are a variety of reasons why this could happen, making it important to check that the safety key is in position (as well as the choke), there are no issues with the spark plug and that there is gas in the tank. If you haven’t used the snow blower in a few months and there is old gas in it, you may need to replace the gas in order to get it to run.
Occasionally, you may find yourself in a situation where the engine stops running during a job. If this happens, check to ensure that the spark plug is properly connected and remove any excess snow or ice from the gas cap. Since the gas cap must be properly ventilated in order for the snow blower to operate, this is often the cause for a ceasing engine.
Jams can be quite problematic for snow blowers, and are dangerous to attempt to fix on your own. If you run into a jam, the best thing to do is to turn the machine off and return it to the garage, which will allow the snow to melt and hopefully free the jam. If this does not work, you may need to take the machine to a professional.