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"I called and left a message on Thursday 1/29/15. He called back within a few hours and said he had an opening on Friday but had another call in New Braunfels first." Said he would call when he was on his way. He called Friday afternoon and said he was still in New Braunfels and asked if he could come Saturday. Told him that was fine. He called when he was about thirty minutes away and arrived at the time that was agreed on Friday. Since it was raining, we made room in the garage for him to work. He explained what he was doing and I left him alone, occasionally checking to see if he needed anything. He had everything he needed in his van including routine parts and gas. He was very friendly and answered a few questions I had. He left the area as clean as it was when he arrived. I used the pressure washer today and the motor ran very smooth. I think the pump on the washer may need some work but he explained that usually the pumps will operate better after using for about 30 minutes. He would have worked on the pump itself if I had asked but that would have been significantly more than what we had asked him to come for. He assured me that it was usually unnecessary for him to take the pump apart and that it would most likely function properly with normal use. He did not try to up-sell me.

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Lawn mower repair

The average suburban lawn mower is a true workhorse, but you might not be maintaining it as well as you should. Here are some practical tips on troubleshooting common problems, how to make some lawn mower repairs yourself and how to maintain your mower so it keeps performing well year after year.

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Proper lawn mower maintenance can keep it running longer. Whether it's sharpening blades or getting a professional mower tuneup, follow these maintenance tips.

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If your lawn mower won't start, it might have a clogged air filter or bad spark plug. A lawn mower repair pro walks you through mower maintenance & start tips.

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Experts in lawn mower maintenance say there’s a fix for common issues, but major problems often cost more to repair than buying a new lawn mower.

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The only time a carburator needs replacing is if you put some really corrosive cleaner in it that ate through the metal (usually aluminum), or if you have physically broken it.

Otherwise, carbs can be rebuilt - rebuild kits (that contain basically all the non-metallic parts, the primer bulb (usually) and carb gaskets) typically run $10-25. A tuneup (carb rebuild and new spark plug) with parts typically runs about $60-80 ($100-150 for rider mowers), although a lot of repair shops have $45-60 spring specials. Probably needs a sharpening too - another $10-15 or so when done as part of a tune-up.

By hiring someone to do it, I presume you mean taking it to a small engine repair shop with a good word of mouth reputation, and being sure to get a dropoff receipt and estimate in writing that you carry away with you.

If it runs at all, or ran last fall, this is probably all you need.

Compare this to the cost of a new mower - for a rider mower, no comparison of course - go with the carb cleaning and rebuild. However, for a standard 20-22 inch push power mower, replacement cost is about $140-250, depending on whether you go with a Walmart special or brand name, additional $100 or so if self-propelled or bagging type.

For a 10 year old push type power mower, if it sits outside all winter or is pretty rusty, since you are not mechanically inclined I would recommend getting a new mower - something like a Sears or Murray Ohio (at Target, WalMart, etc) plain-jane mower for about $150-180 unless you have steep hills or medical issues, then get the self-propelled model. A 20 inch or even 18 inch will do fine for a small lawn; if you have several lawns or a pretty big lawn area (over say 2500 SF) then you probably want a 22 inch - the extra path width makes quite a difference in how long it takes to mow.

If it sleeps in a shed or garage and is not rusting out, I would recommend a new one if the plain jane will do it for you, otherwise if the replacement one that you would buy is over about $250 I would go with the carb overhaul and tuneup.

I would STRONGLY recommend you get a 4 cycle engine - I swear by Briggs and Stratton rather than Tecumseh or other brands. 4 cycles start much easier and are less sensitive to fuel/air mix issues, and the plugs stay clean a lot longer. 2 cycles are lighter for the same horsepower which is why you see them a lot in outboard motors that are less than about 50-80 HP and in small generators and motorcycles, but they are a lot more tempermental about starting, especially in cold weather or after a long storage.

If you pay attention to proper winter storage procedure, rebuilding the carb on the old one should last you another 5+ years. I have a Murray Ohio with 4 cycle Briggs and Stratton engine that is 33 years old, lives in an unheated shed in a northern state, and has had nothing more than annual blade sharpening, oil change every few years, and one carb overhaul and plug cleaning (and ZERO new spark plugs) in its life, and starts by second pull every spring. The key is if you store it inside in a garage to run it dry each fall (so you do not have gas in the garage, for safety reasons in case it leaks out); if you leave it outside I fill the tank to the top so moisture cannot acccumulate from moist air "breathing" in and out of the tank due to temperature changes. I do this with mower, chain saw, leaf blower, weed wacker - all start on first or second pull in the spring (and throughout the summer). If you live in an area with a lot of moisture in the winter air (ours is very dry) you might have to add Heet or Sta-Bil to the fuel can (per instructions) before topping off tank.

You will find other people who say you HAVE to run it dry each season. Their theory is that if there is no gas in it then there is no gas to collect moisture or to evaporate and turn to varnish over the winter (though that generally takes a few years of sitting to happen). My theory is if it is filled with fuel it cannot dry out and leave varnish residue to block the fuel tube screen and fuel jets, plus it does not rust metal fuel tanks by being empty. To each their own procedure.

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No personal experience on rider mowers but some with small rider tractors, but since you have gotten no response in 5 days, here is my 2 cents worth:

 

1) read the Consumer Reports and JD Powers reviews on rider mowers

 

2) from what neighbors have told me, TroyBilt are maintenance problem and not built very rugged, Sears tend to have transmission/drive train problems, those with John Deere say they were unhappy with the price but they run well and don't have extreme maintenance costs - so sounds to me like JD is best brand out there right now.

 

3) A recommendation also from personal small engine experience and neighbors - stay with Briggs and Stratton 4 cycle engines if possible, and stay away from 2 cycle engines - they are lighter and cheaper, but have a LOT more starting problems and tend to not last as long.

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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in San Antonio

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The place is huge, but evidently very organized. I took in a lawn mower that wouldn't start. They fixed it in just a couple of days. They sharpened my loppers, too.
The price was definitely reasonable, and it didn't take them long to get it done. I'd definitely use them again.
- kurt E.
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A few months ago I contacted mustang because my riding lawn mower would not work after sitting idle for about a year. My grandson installed a new battery, spark plug, air and fuel filter, cleaned the carburetor and installed a new float, replaced the band that turns the blade, and replaced the old gasoline with new. It still did not work so I called Mustang. It took the better part of 2 months to get it back costing me big bucks to have my yard mowed and edged. The charges from Mustang were outrageous for what probably was needed -a new carburetor. They replaced the new plug, filters, a new fuel filter and who knows what else they did to run up the bill. I seriously doubt it took 3-1/2 hours labor to replace the carburetor. When
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brought it back it did run so I guess that is the good part of this review. I sent an email to them detailing my complaint but I did not receive the courtesy of a response. BUYER BEWARE!

Note: see below: the year our house was built is a guess and has nothing to do with this complaint!
- Barbara F.
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I called
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and left a voicemail regarding fixing my lawnmower and my suspicions about it being a carburetor . He put me on the schedule that same day for early the next week. He sent a text message the night before reminding me he would be over. He called about 45 minutes before his arrival to let me know his GPS put him at 40 minutes away. He showed up as scheduled. He cleaned the inspected the lawnmower , cleaned the carburetor, sharpened the blades, and did something so that it would start on the first pull!.
Very happy and satisfied with the entire experience.
- Owen K.
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He arrived right on time. He completed a very thorough tune up of my lawnmower. The previous tune up was years before. He showed me how to clean out my air cleaner after every use of my lawnmower. I so enjoy when they not only do a fantastic job but they teach you something as well. Passing on that knowledge..... it's priceless!! Super service right at your own home!!!
- Rebecca C.
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AWESOME!! My husbands riding lawnmower had been giving us problems starting up, for quite some time. It would never start when the key was turned. It wanted to start, but would crank and crank and never really get going. We would end up lifting hood and literally hand crank turn the engine to get it going. My husband, who is much stronger than me, put up with that for years!!! It was always very difficult (AND FRUSTRATING) for me. I was finally at my wits end with the darn thing, when I made the decision, to try and get it serviced or just buy a new one!!!

Our biggest dilema is that we do not own a truck or anything to tow it in for service, and of course buying a new one is very costly!! I turned to Angie's List for HELP!! I literally typed in "at home lawn mower repair..." and
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immediately popped up!!! There was NO ONE ELSE like his service listed. I checked out his website and boy was I impressed!! Even though he is based out of New Braunfels, having him come service the lawn mower would be so much more economical than purchasing a new one. I called at 7:00 PM, got his voice message, left a detailed, desperate message and waited. When I didn't get a call back I called him back a couple of days later. Once again, I got his voicebox. This time, I gratefully got a call back. I explained my situation, and got an appointment for the next week! I was happy with the quick appointment time...it was spring and EVERYONE was doing the same thing I was....trying to take care of their homes, so I completely understood his being EXTREMELY busy, but managing to squeeze me in!! I was ever so grateful for the narrow window he gave me for my scheduled appointment, 11-1, only a 3 hour window compared to say, the ac man who wants an 8 hour am OR 8 hour pm window!!! Your whole day is spent waiting around for service!! NOT WITH
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!! Made my appointment. I even got a confirmation/reminder call the day before my service!!

Service day came and
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was right on time. Very professional and very informative. I will admit, I was a little surprised to see a car pull up instead of the big
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van pictured on his website.
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explained that the truck was being repaired, but he still had all the parts & tools he needed to service our lawnmower. He immediately got to work and began the overhaul and servicing. Ony a short time later he showed me that over time the spark plugs move a bit and the connection can be hampered. With minor adjustments, the mower was cranking right up like it was SUPPOSED to!! He then went onto general servicing, oil chg, filter chg, replaced chipped mower blade, filed down another savable blade, leveled blades for more even mowing and other minor adjustments...all in all... Our mower was PURRING LIKE A KITTEN DRIVEN RIGHT OUT OF SHOWROOM!!! I was able to jump right on turn the key and VROOOOM! She starts right up for ME!!! (The way she should start up, with the turn of the key!!!)

I am so happy with
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service and would highly recommend his service to EVERYONE!!! WHY??? 1)He came to MY HOME!! 2) My appointment was pretty quick! Not like those service centers that make you wait to even talk to them, then take WEEKS to make repairs on even small tools/appliances. 3)Very professional...he knew EXACTLY what he was doing!!! 4) SHOWED me everythg that needed servcing or replacing BEFORE he did it. 5) Cost was pretty reasonable for all he did, especially the nominal service call to get to me!!

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even has a 10%off your first visit coupon avail on his website. I had mine all printed up and ready to go but forgot to use it in all the excitement!! don't forget to use YOURS!! I have his business card on my fridge and will not hesitate to call him again should I need to, as he repairs ALL types of household appliances!! THANK YOU
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- Maria M.
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’s is now my go-to place for garden tractor repairs. Their card earned a place on my refrigerator, a space reserved for the best of the best.
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was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. When my tractor suddenly lost steering control, he accurately diagnosed the problem over the phone, sourced a repair part for my 15 year old machine, brought the part with him and had me mowing again in less than a week. Compared to
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, where repair appointments routinely took six weeks and I had to supply the repair parts, just one call to
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’s solved my problem. The price was fair and the service was exceptional.
Their card notes they also service washers, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, riding mowers and small gas engines. The next time I need help with any of these, I’ll call
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Highly recommended!
- Michael V.
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has worked on our lawn mower in the past.. It's a large
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. When our daughter's
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Recycler suddenly stopped working, we returned to this great and timely service provider who we originally found on Angie's List. It's a family business and they take pride in their customer service.
It turned out the mower needed a part that enabled to spark plug to fire up. They also installed a new spark plug. We took it in on May 8 and, as promised, it was ready on May 12. During the summer season, it gets a bit busy.
The phone number listed on Angie's List, 210-349-1617, is correct. Sometimes it takes time for them to get from the shop to the front desk. They will answer your call.
- Karen W.
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came out and repaired our riding mower. I wish I could remember the service man's name, but he was awesome. I don't know much about riding mower's but he explained quite a bit to me, and even gave me a "tutorial." The mower we had was acquired when we purchased our house a few months ago, and so we had no idea what to expect. Not only did he get it running for us, but it's in great shape now. It needed a new choke cable and a carburetor cleaning. He was here for two hours! THANK YOU,
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- Keith H.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in San Antonio, TX

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Al’s Small Engine Repair

2414 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio

Andy's Repairs

303 Elm St
New Braunfels

Andys Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting

3210 Commander Dr
Carrollton

Angels At Work

San Antonio

ASHLEYS SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

29750 US HWY 281 N
Bulverde

Aspirin Services

Canyon Lake

Daveko

6621 Circle Oak
Bulverde

Dewinne Equipment CO

11002 Bandera Rd
San Antonio

DKL ENTERPRISES

272 OLD MEDINA HWY
Bandera

Doc Wally's In-Home Service

374 Tanager Drive
New Braunfels

Ewald Tractor Inc

29171 I-10 West
Boerne

GRAVELY SALES & SERVICE CO

115 BRANIFF DR
San Antonio

Green Masters Landscaping And Lawncare

806 E Mistletoe
San Antonio

Home Improvements of Texas

Gruene Rd.
New Braunfels

J S SHOP

655 Fm 2146
Poteet

JM SERVICES

PO BOX 33594
San Antonio

JOHN H SOROLA INC

523 W CYPRESS ST
San Antonio

LAWN TEX SMALL ENGINE SVC CTR

429 BLUE STEM RD
Seguin

MALDONADO NURSERY & LANDSCAPING

16348 NACOGDOCHES
San Antonio

Mission Outdoor Power Equipment

3432 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio

MND Mechanical

1025 US 87
Comfort

MUSTANG EQUIPMENT CO

16331 Pleasantville Rd
San Antonio

Paradise Landscaping

14927 Hidden Glen Woods
San Antonio

R&R MECHANICAL

32990 IH 10 W
Boerne

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

S & L Engine Repair

12438 FM 306
Canyon Lake

San Antonio Mobile Auto Repair

7810 Callaghan Rd Apt 308
San Antonio

SEARS

8910 BANDERA RD
San Antonio

Sears - San Antonio

6301 NW Interstate 410 Loop Frontage Rd
San Antonio

SEARS AUTO CENTER

201 CENTRAL PARK MALL
San Antonio

Sippel True Value Hardware & Just Ask Rental

513 Pat Booker Rd
Universal City

TEXAS REPAIR CENTER INC

11937 PERRIN BEITEL RD
San Antonio

Texas Yard Monsters

7831 Mainland Woods
San Antonio

WELDING MACHINE & TORCH REPAIR

7110 ECKHERT RD
San Antonio

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