Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Your Outdoor Tools

From lawn mowers to snow blowers to pressure washers, the list of outdoor tools never ends. Each tool needs to be maintained properly so it will last longer and work efficiently. An extended warranty is a smart addition to elongate the manufacturer warranty and protect your tools. Keep reading to learn how to properly maintain your outdoor tools and equipment.

Should I get an extended warranty for my outdoor tools?

The short answer: yes. Upsie has an under $500 replacement plan meaning that any tool purchased for less than $500 will simply be replaced if it breaks or malfunctions. If your tool was purchased for over $500, Upsie will quickly send a repair technician to your home to repair your tool and get you back to work. The process is quick, painless and saves you money.

How do you maintain a leaf blower?

A leaf blower requires the same basic maintenance as your other outdoor equipment. However, leaf blowers are used less frequently, so they may not need to be serviced as often. Before using your leaf blower, check the fuel levels. Alternately, if you do not plan to use your leaf blower for a long period of time, drain the fuel or top it off and add fuel stabilizer. Additionally, check the spark plugs and replace them if they appear damaged. Lastly, clean your carburetor.

How do you take care of a chainsaw?

A chainsaw is a specialized tool that not all homeowners have. If you do have one, it is essential to treat it properly and carefully. In order to keep your chainsaw functioning smoothly, keep the air filter clean. Secondly, check the chain tension and lubricate it thoroughly. Thirdly, ensure that your chain is sharp; you may need to consult a professional for sharpening. Lastly, Handyman Tips recommends using non-ethanol gasoline only.

How do you maintain a pressure washer?

A pressure washer is a seriously underrated tool. It makes cleaning outdoor surfaces like your patio or home siding easy and kind of fun. The best way to maintain your pressure washer is by following the instructions outlined in your user manual. However, if that has been lost (or thrown away) you’ll want to do four things: check fuel levels, change the engine oil, clean the air filter and inspect the spark plugs.

How do I service my snow blower?

Always service your snow blower before putting it in storage for the summer. Maintenance includes:
  • Inspecting the belts
  • Tightening the bolts
  • Lubricating/greasing where needed
  • Changing the spark plugs
  • Inspecting the starter pull cord
  • Changing the oil
  • Refreshing the gas
  • Cleaning it thoroughly
Learn more about snow blower maintenance in our detailed guide.

What are common lawn mower issues?

Lawn mowers are used weekly spring through fall, and sometimes more frequently than that. Expect an issue or two to arise during a season. Sometimes you can repair the issues yourself, but other times you will need the help of an expert. Here are some common lawnmower issues:
  • Not starting
  • Engine overheating
  • Bent or dull blades
  • Clogged air filter

Are extended warranties worth the extra up-front cost?

Extended warranties are always worth the up-front cost for consumer electronics like smartphones, but they are only sometimes worth it for outdoor tools. Read your owner’s manual; if it comes with a manufacturer warranty of 3+ years, a warranty might not be worth it. However, if the manufacturer warranty is only 1-2 years, an extended warranty will keep your tools protected for longer. In that case, a warranty is worth it.

Who has the best extended warranty insurance?

Upsie has the most comprehensive and affordable outdoor tools extended warranty insurance. They cover power tools, lawn mowers, snow blowers, grills, pressure washers, leaf blowers and more. Outdoor tool warranties never have deductibles or hidden service fees. Also, their customer service is top-notch and all service representatives are located in the United States.

What is the Upsie claims process like?

Make a claim with Upsie 24/7/365. Call the number listed in your Upsie account and speak with a real person from their claims center in Florida. After they approve your claim, they will either schedule a repair technician to come to your home or, if your tool was purchased for under $500, they will issue a replacement.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about extended warranties for outdoor power tools?

Contact Upsie! You can send them a message on their website, Facebook and Twitter, or give them a call Monday-Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM CST at 1-877-844-7745.
Outdoor tools are a necessity for maintaining your lawn and landscaping. Always follow your owners manual and the tips we outlined to ensure you’re taking care of your machines properly. Additionally, don’t forget to get a warranty from Upsie so your tools last as long as possible.

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