Cold Weather Causes Rush of Lawn Mower Repairs in Metro

Updated: 06/15/2013 8:15 AM By: Ellen Galles

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

Work orders at lawn mower repair shops around the metro are growing as fast as the grass.

At Cedar Small Engines Repair Shop in Minneapolis, the staff say during the past few days, the business has seen a line of customers waiting for repairs before the store opens.

They are blaming the long winter and the sudden wet spring for the influx of customers.

Normally people would trickle during springtime for repairs and tune ups, according to the staff. But this year - because the state's lasting ice and snow - everyone is coming at once.

Technician Mike Scott said the most common problem for mowers is the carburetor. People should bring their mowers in for service just like you would a car, he said.

"You should do your maintenance once a year - air filters, spark plugs and oil changes," Scott said. He also said that the best thing you can do for your mower is use fresh gas.

Also, make sure to drain the gas tank at the end of the season.