How to Troubleshoot an Echo Blower

Patrick Nelson

Echo blowers are designed for yard cleanup. They are sold in both backpack and hand-held models. Echo blowers are rated in cfm (cubic feet per minute), which measures the air flow, and in mph (miles per hour), which measures the speed at which the blower moves debris.

Echo blowers are designed for yard cleanup.

Rating a blower on these figures is an indication of the importance of air movement for satisfactory results. Problems with Echo blowers are related to the blower not starting and to air-flow issues.

  1. Turn off the blower and remove the blower pipes from the blower assembly. Insert a screwdriver into the small hole at the join between blower and upper pipe. This will release the pipe lock. Pull the pipe out of the fan case (motor).

  2. Take a look at the blower pipes and look for clogs if the engine runs but air flow appears restricted. Restricted air flow can cause debris to move more slowly. Look through it and try to see daylight. A lack of daylight indicates debris. Use a broom handle to poke the debris through.

  3. Tighten the lower pipe if the air flow is weak. The pipes can become loosened by vibration. Align the locking ribs and slide the upper pipe onto the fan case until it clicks into place. Slide the lower pipe onto the upper pipe aligning the tabs with grooves until there is light resistance. Hold the upper pipe and turn the lower pipe clockwise. It will engage a locking channel. You should feel firmness.

  4. Fill the tank with fuel if the motor doesn’t run. Replace any existing fuel if you haven’t used the Echo blower in a few months.