If you’ve ever had the experience of having to mow a lawn on a hot and sticky day, the last thing you want to do is deal with fixing a broken lawnmower before you even get started cutting the grass. For some homeowners and renters, mowing your lawn can be difficult enough without having to deal with a machine that’s not working properly.
On the other hand, if you simply decide to forget all about mowing your lawn, you’ll end up paying more for weekly or even monthly lawn care appointments. Before you opt to hire a lawn care service near you, check out some easy DIY fixes that could help you breathe new life into your old or broken lawnmower.
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Solutions for Fixing a Broken Lawnmower Yourself
Want to try and fix your lawnmower before giving up on it completely? Let’s go over the most common problems and fixes that might save you some money on lawnmower repairs.
Check the Warranty First
In the event that your lawnmower is relatively new and still under warranty, then you definitely have some potential support coming your way. It’s easy to contact the company you bought it from and ask for assistance.
However, if your lawnmower is older, your options are more limited. Some lawnmower problems are basic and can be addressed if you are a DIY type. But always exercise caution when working on any mechanical or electrical equipment, especially those that have blades attached to them!
Troubleshooting a Broken Lawnmower
Before going too deep down the lawnmower repair rabbit hole, you should first dig out your owner’s manual and see if there are any obvious problems. Often, lawn mower issues can be fixed by taking a look at the basics. This is especially true if your lawnmower is a newer model.
You might get lucky and discover that you have an easy fix; for example, the starter rope may be stuck or your lawnmower could be clogged with grass clippings.
Check the Pull Cord
A broken pull cord is a common and fairly easy problem to fix. If your lawnmower has a broken cord then it can be repaired with a screwdriver, pliers, and a nut driver. In order to fix a broken pull cord, you’ll need to disassemble the lawnmower, get the cord out, and install a new cord.
Check the Fuel Tanks
If you have a gas mower and it’s not starting, don’t panic. You may only need to drain your fuel tank, or purchase a new fuel filter as these do need to be replaced from time to time.
Check the Spark Plugs
Another common issue to look into is whether or not you have a loose or dirty spark plug. If your spark plug isn’t functioning properly, then your lawnmower won’t do much.
Always Think About Safety
The bottom line is that there is a myriad of reasons that your lawnmowers might stop working. It might pay to take the 30 minutes or so to investigate if your issue can be easily solved.
Again, keep in mind that underneath your lawnmower are sharp blades that could prove to be very dangerous. Thousands of people have been seriously injured by lawnmowers and mower blades. Don’t treat your lawnmower repairs too lightly if you are a novice to lawnmower repair.
Is Fixing Your Broken Lawnmower Worth the Repair?
A spark plug or even a broken cord is one thing, but what if the repair is more detailed? At some point, you have to ask yourself just how handy you are, how much time you want to invest, or whether or not you want to hire a repair person.
Who Can You Hire to Fix a Lawnmower?
It is actually possible to have your lawnmower repaired without ever leaving your house by hiring a landscaper. Quite often landscapers can handle a range of lawnmower repairs.
If you don’t have any luck with finding a lawnmower repair person, then consider contacting the manufacturer directly and see if the company offers any servicing. Keep in mind that if you don’t have a local service center, you may have to mail in your machine.
Repairing a Broken Mower vs. Purchasing a New One
Ultimately, most people discover that the best overall option is to just simply buy a new lawnmower. New lawnmowers are typically under $200. If your damaged lawnmower was very old, then you’ll likely find that a new lawnmower is a welcome upgrade. You can expect better performance and features in a new lawnmower. Plus, you’ll get a new warranty as a big bonus!
Are Refurbished Models Worth the Savings?
If you don’t want to invest in a new machine, then another option is to consider buying a manufacturer refurbished lawnmower. In this way, you’ll still receive a warranty, but you’ll also save some money in the process and have the peace of mind in knowing that the lawnmower was checked over before being placed back on the market.
On the other hand, a used lawnmower may not be the best idea because you may be buying someone else’s problems. Some people have tremendous luck saving a little money buying refurbished and others find that they wish they had just spent the extra $50 or $60 to buy a brand-new model. Definitely think about the pros and cons. You certainly don’t want to be back in the same position where you are trying to fix a broken machine.
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How and When to Dispose of a Broken Lawnmower
Since every trash and recycling service has its own disposal rules, getting rid of your old lawnmower can be a little tricky. Using a service like LoadUp is a smart way to finally say “goodbye” to your old lawnmower.
While it is true that buying a new lawnmower is expensive, fixing a damaged lawnmower can be dangerous. Additionally, a broken lawnmower, even if repaired, will likely break down again in the future, which means you may very well be back to “square one” sometime soon.
For these reasons, the best and safest option might just be to get a new lawnmower and get rid of your old one. If you’ve been able to get many years out of your lawnmower, then it is likely best to throw in the towel and move on to a brand-new model.
Get Rid of Your Mower in a Sustainable Way
Lawnmowers contain a wide array of parts as well as oil and fuel. For this reason, proper disposal is an absolute must. LoadUp will not only pick up your lawnmower at your home but they will also dispose of it properly so that it doesn’t sit in a landfill and harm the environment.
If you decide that it’s time to get rid of that old broken lawnmower, give us a call! With teams of local Loaders across the country, we can haul away your old lawnmower as soon as tomorrow! Our removal rates are 20-30% lower than average, meaning you’ll save both time and money when you choose LoadUp for your lawnmower removal service.
Any lawnmower that LoadUp picks up will be recycled successfully. When it’s time to say goodbye to your lawnmower, let LoadUp get rid of it for you.
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