Broken Lawn Mower: Fix It Yourself Using These Quick Tips

Home appliances often wear and tear when they are used for an extended period. Lawn mowers are one of the most common culprits to experience a hitch. If your lawn mower is broken, you need not be worried; the problems are normally simple issues that you can troubleshoot on your own. But if these don’t work, you can always call Sawyer to repair your lawn mower.

The Starter Rope Breaks When Pulling

You pull the rope one last time to start the lawn mower, but it suddenly breaks, and the tip disappears into the hole. Do not sigh off with frustration. Repairing a starter rope is easy, and you can do it yourself. First, remove the screws that hold the shroud in place. You will find that the broken rope is looped inside the rewind unit. Grab it with a sharp object then pull out. Buy a new line from the nearby appliance repair Tulsa store and fix it into the hole.

The Engine Won’t Start

You used your lawn mower a few weeks ago, but now the engine won’t start. Mostly when the engine does not start, the problem might be with the fuel or carburetor. Let’s dig in to find a quick solution for you. The engine cannot get gas when the carburetor inlet is stuffed, or the fuel filter plugged. Check inside the tank for debris and get rid of it. Remove the fuel filter inlet so that gas can run. If it doesn’t, then the fuel filter needs replacement. It is easy to replace one, simply buy the parts from the nearest appliance repair Lubbock store.

lawnmowerYour Mower Suddenly Goes Silent

You are happily mowing then suddenly the engine goes silent. There are several problems that could be occurring at this stage. First off, if you are cutting grass that is too tall, you might experience this many times. Simply raise the cutting height on your mower. Secondly, there could be water in the gas tank. Drain the tank and dry it, if you find that there is water in the tank. The third and most common problem is the presence of too many clippings on the underside of the mower. Take it to a level place and clean the it by removing the excess debris.

How to Fix a Broken Dryer

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If your dryer is not operating efficiently there is a good chance that it will be one of three things: the heating element is broken; the catch or latch needs replacing; or you need a new dryer belt.

Luckily, all three problems can be rectified yourself. Please note that although it is possible to complete these repair tasks, if you are in any doubt at all about your DIY abilities please call a professional.

Before embarking on any of these DIY jobs make sure you have the correct replacement part for your type and brand of tumbler dryer.

Replace the heating element

If your dryer is spinning but is not heating up then it is possible that your heating element is faulty. To replace it you will first need to remove the old one. To do this, take off the back panel of the dryer by unscrewing the five screws that hold it in place.

To extract the dryer heating element itself, look for two screws that will be holding it in place. These will most likely be at the top. There is also a plug connector in the bottom left corner. You need to unscrew the screws and then remove the plug connector ensuring that any cables don’t fall back through the dryer. If they do, don’t panic. To retrieve them you can remove the side panel of the dryer.

Once all of the above is complete simply screw in the new heating element, re-connect the plug in the bottom left corner and then screw the back panel back on.

Replace the catch or latch

If you find that the door will not stay closed on your dryer then there is a good chance that your catch or latch is broken. In order to replace the latch, locate the screw that sits just below the latch. This will be holding it in place. Unscrew this and the latch will then simply pop out of its slot. Now, insert your new latch and replace the screws.

Replace the belt

If you can hear the motor running but the tub is not spinning then your dryer belt may have snapped. Of all three of these common dryer problems, this is the most tricky to rectify. But it is still possible.

To fix this problem you will first need to access the drum. To do this, remove the top panel of your dryer and then both side panels. Then remove the whole of the front of the machine. The best way to do this is to first remove the door by unscrewing the hinges. Then, depending on your type of machine, you may have to remove the water reservoir. This is certainly true of a condensing dryer.

The next step is to remove the control panel. This should just clip off. However it may still be attached by some cables. If this is the case, before you remove the cables either label them or write down which one goes where. This will be invaluable when you come to replace and reconnect the control panel.

To complete the removal of the front panel look for two spade connectors that will be holding it on and disconnect them.

Next up you need to remove the front of the chassis. Before proceeding, wedge something soft but substantial under the drum in order to give it some support so that all the weight of the drum is not resting on the bearings at the back.
To remove the front of the chassis locate the two screws in each corner holding it in place and unscrew them. To remove the chassis pull at the top and then lift it out at the bottom. Now you should have access to the belt. Remove the old one and slip the new one around the drum. Then replace the front chassis.