So far, for those of us not up in the mountains, winter in Northern Colorado has felt pretty mild in comparison to previous years. There have only been a few opportunities in areas around Loveland to use that snowblower hanging out in your garage, hoping for action. With as little snow as we’ve had, have you even had a chance to use it? As February and March are usually our heaviest snow months, it’s time to make sure your snowblower is in good repair!

Snowblower Trouble Signs

Of course, if you can’t even get your snowblower to start, you know you have a problem. Much as you would with a car, there are certain routine care steps you should take with your snowblower. If you forgot to drain and replace the gasoline, change the oil, or otherwise prepare your snowblower for storage last spring and it is now struggling, here are some troubleshooting steps you can take:

  1. dreamstime_xxl_58142985Double check the choke and throttle – When starting up your snowblower, the throttle should be in the fast position, which will ensure gasoline is sent to the engine. However, you only need the choke when starting your snowblower the first time. If it’s been running a while and is still warm, you don’t need to use the choke, so turn it off and try again.
  2. Do you have gas? – If your snowblower attempts to start and just sputters a bit, check the fuel level. Also, verify that you’re using the correct gasoline; if you aren’t, the gas lines may have frozen and your snowblower will need to be warmed up before it will start.
  3. Look over the spark plug – A snowblower that starts but struggles to do so then performs poorly may suggest spark plug issues. Check that they are all clean and have the proper gap.
  4. Crusty carburetor – The carburetor can, over time, develop deposits that may restrict gas flow. If you’re savvy with engine parts, pop it out and clean those deposits off. If that doesn’t help your snowblower’s performance, your carburetor may need to be adjusted to give the proper blend of oxygen and gasoline.
  5. Check the filters – If your snowblower accelerates unevenly or randomly dies, the issue may be a clogged air or fuel filter. For a quick fix, give your filters a solid tap to knock out any debris, but your filters do need to be replaced at the instructed intervals. If a quick clean doesn’t work, try replacing your filters entirely.

Small Engine Repair

If none of the steps above get your snowblower running smoothly again, or you aren’t very knowledgeable about small engine repair, don’t trust that you can wing it and fix the problem yourself. You may unintentionally do more damage than you fix. Instead, trust the small engine repair experts at Mac Equipment Inc. We have two locations, in both Loveland and Longmont, and carry a variety of small engine parts so we can handle all your snowblower repair needs. Call us today to get your snowblower back to fully operational!