4 Things That Cause Your Mower To Keep Dying Or Not Start

It's frustrating when the mower dies right in the middle of mowing your lawn. You might not be able to get it started, or it might start and then stop again. When your lawnmower won't run continuously, it's time to take it in for repairs if you don't know how to maintain the mower yourself. Here are some things that could be wrong with your mower and the repairs that could be needed.

1. The Spark Plug Is Bad Or Dirty

Your mower needs a working spark plug and gas to get started. The first thing to check is if there is enough gas in the tank and if the gas is fresh. If gas isn't the problem, a spark plug is a likely culprit. If you know how to disconnect the spark plug and check it, pull it out and have a look. If the plug looks broken or coated in black carbon, it's probably bad. A broken spark plug has to be replaced to get your mower working again. A dirty spark plug may start working once it's cleaned off.

2. The Air Filter Is Dirty

If it's been a long time since you had the air filter changed in your lawnmower, it might be clogged and dirty. A dirty filter will keep your mower from starting, or the mower may start and keep dying. You can take the mower apart and put in the appropriate new filter or take your mower to the repair shop.

Taking it to the repair shop is a good idea if you don't know what's wrong with the mower so the right repairs can be done. If it turns out the problem was a dirty filter, then be sure to change the filter on the schedule recommended in your owner's manual to keep your mower from breaking down.

3. The Carburetor Is Clogged Or Bad

The carburetor on your mower can get clogged with gummy, dried fuel if you don't empty the fuel out of your mower at the end of every season. If your mower won't start in the spring, then the carburetor may need to be cleaned out. The carburetor could also be bad, and, in that case, the lawnmower repair shop may need to put in a new one or rebuild your damaged one.

4. The Blade Is Bent Or The Underside Is Clogged

Blade problems can also cause your mower to die. This is why it's good to take your mower to the repair shop every spring so the blade can be checked, tightened, and sharpened. The blade needs to make clean cuts and not get stuck on anything under the mower. Also, trying to mow grass that is too high will kill your mower. If the blade has been serviced recently and the mower is still dying in tall grass, raise the level of the blade so not as much grass is cut off in a single pass.

To learn more about lawnmower repair, speak with a professional.