Worx Leaf Blower How to & Troubleshooting Guide

worx leaf blower how to and troubleshooting guide

If you are having issues with your Leaf blower or it is not working as it should, it can be really frustrating. While the problems can be complex in some instances and need the services of a professional to fix, other times the issues are just minor and can resolve through simple DIY techniques.

It is actually recommended to perform some troubleshooting for issues with your blower as the first step, as opposed to contacting support or calling a technician.

For those using Worx leaf blowers, this guide below will show how to resolve some of the common issues and perform a number of functions.

Why Won’t My Gas Worx Leaf Blower Turn On?

There are several reasons that can cause your gas leaf blower to fail to turn on:

Clogged Carburetor

Over time, especially if fuel has been left in the leaf blower for a long period, some of the fuel will evaporate, and you will be left with a thick, sticky substance that can ultimately clog the carburetor. If the carburetor is clogged, try cleaning it with carburetor cleaner. If cleaning the carburetor isn’t effective, rebuild or replace the entire carburetor.

Defective recoil starter

The recoil starter assembly engages the crankshaft to turn over the engine. If the recoil starter assembly is defective, the leaf blower won’t start. Remove the starter assembly and inspect it to determine if it is working correctly. 

The recoil starter pulley winds up the starter rope when the rope is not in use. If the recoil pulley is broken or stuck, it will not rewind the starter rope. Consequently, the engine will not start. If the recoil starter pulley is damaged, you should replace it.

Bad spark plug

Inspect the spark plug for signs of wear or damage. If cracked, burned away, or damaged, or there is heavy carbon buildup at the electrode, replace the spark plug. 

To determine if the spark plug is bad, use a spark plug tester. You should see a strong spark between the tester’s terminals when the engine is cranking. If there is no spark, the spark plug is bad and should be replaced.

Why Won’t My Worx Battery Leaf Blower Turn On?

  • Check to confirm the battery has a charge. Check the battery indicator. The battery needs to be charged to use the blower.
  • Ensure the batteries have not been sitting out in the cold for an extended period, which may cause the blower not to start. The batteries operate at optimal performance when at average room temperature.
  • Ensure all necessary tubes, bags, or housing covers are correctly installed before using. Safety mechanisms were put into place to ensure safe conversion from vac to mulch mode and vice-versa.

How to Assemble a Worx Leaf Blower

WORX WG509 12 Amp TRIVAC 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower 

Before assembling the Blower/Vacuum Tube, ensure the on/off switch (2) is in position ‘’O’, and the tool is unplugged. Then proceed to the following steps to complete the assembly:

  1. First, align the upper and lower tubes. Make sure the notches engage the holes on both sides.
  2. Then fit the Blower/Vacuum Tube to the motor housing. Position the bottom of the tube on the motor housing near the switch lever. Then, swing the top of the Tube upward and lock it into place. 
  3. Check that the Blower/Vacuum Tube is firmly secured.

After attaching the Blower/Vacuum Tube to the motor housing, you may remove it by moving the On/Off switch to the off position. Then press the Release Button to release the tube. Do not try to separate the tubes by force or using tools. Unplug the tool before separating the tube.

WORX WG505 Trivac Leaf Blower 

Follow these steps below to assemble the TRIVAC 3-in-1 Blower / Mulcher / Yard Vacuum, 

  1. Snap together the two nozzle pieces, making sure that the tabs on the back nozzle piece fit securely into the corresponding cutouts on the front nozzle piece. 
  2. Fit the wider end of the tube over the front of the motor housing, lining up the pegs on the motor housing to the channels on the nozzle. 
  3. Roll the nozzle channel over the peg and snap the top of the nozzle into the handle. 

How to Attach the Collection Bag to a Worx Blower

The Worx TRIVAC blower comes with a collection bag that is essential for the vacuuming and mulching features. The bag can hold up to 1.2 bushels of mulched leaves. 

WORX WG505E Leaf Blower

To attach the included leaf collection bag or TRIVAC replacement bag, follow these instructions below:

  • On the black shaft under the blower, you will find two pegs. Line up these pegs with the channels in the orange collar of the collection bag.
  • Push the bag collar towards the TRIVAC and turn right (towards the “lock” symbol). The bag will click into place, letting you know it is secure. 
  • To remove the bag from the TRIVAC, press the orange collar of the collection bag towards the TRIVAC and turn left (towards the “unlock” symbol).

WORX WG509 12 Amp TRIVAC 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower 

To install the Debris Collection Bag on the WG509, follow these instructions:

  • Just align Quick Release Bag Collar slots with the locking pins on the motor housing and push the collar up into position. 
  • To release, depress the Quick Release Button and pull the Debris Collection Bag down.

Are Worx Turbine Blowers Battery Powered or Electric?

WORX has an entire line of Turbine products, some of which are battery operated and some of which are electric, to offer the solution that best meets your needs.

How to Clean a Jammed Worx Leaf Blower

If the blower/vacuum is jammed or clogged, the issue is likely due to debris blocking in the Impeller, blower/vacuum tube, or the connection of the leaf collection bag. The machine needs to be cleaned to remove the clogged debris to fix the problem. 

Follow these steps to clean your leaf blower if jammed:

  1. Turn off and wait for all moving parts to stop. 
  2. Unplug the tool. 
  3. Press the release button and separate the Blower/Vacuum tube from the motor housing.
  4. Now you can remove the debris from the Impeller. (Use an item that is long and sturdy. Be sure to be gentle not to damage any of the internal items). 
  5. Check the Impeller and/or blade for any signs of damage. If it is damaged, do not use it and contact your Authorized WORX Dealer. 
  6. Reassemble the Blower/Vacuum Tube

Why Won’t My Worx Leaf Blower Battery Charger?

If your leaf blower is not charging, this could be due to an issue with either the battery or charger. A flashing red light indicates the battery is bad. A flashing green light indicates the charger is bad. In most cases, when the charger overheats, it stops working or doesn’t last very long. 

You can precisely determine what is going on by using a voltmeter to test the charger’s output (after noting the volt output rating) by touching the meter’s leads to the terminals on the charger. If the charger is working at all, this is not a dangerous test. 

Conversely, test your batteries’ output by touching the voltmeter leads to the terminals on them. 

Replace either the charger or battery that is found to be faulty.

How Long Will My Worx Leaf Blower Last On a Full Charge?

The runtime will vary from job to job, sometimes between users, depending on how each person works.

With the Worx blowers, the WORX AIR cordless leaf blower/sweeper features the highest capacity battery to date. Depending on your blower, the included 20 Volt Max Lithium Battery may have an amp hour rating of 4.0, 2.0, or 1.3. The amp hour rating measures how much energy can be stored in the battery (energy capacity).  The 4.0 Ah, for instance, can hold almost twice the amount of energy as previous models in the same size battery due to advanced battery chemistry.

As for how long it takes to charge the blower’s battery, the 20 Volt Max battery can take approximately 2-6 hours to charge, depending on your model and charger used.

With WORX’s Powershare feature, you can use the battery of other WORX tools you may have to power your blower. By sharing the battery between tools, you will always have the power you need to complete any job. However, you should note that batteries can only be used with tools of a corresponding voltage. For example, you should use your 20V Max Lithium battery with 20V WORX tools.

How to Use the Vacuum on a Worx Leaf Blower (Model: WG509)

The blower allows you to choose the operating mode depending on what you want to do:

  • Blowing operating mode
  • Vacuum operating mode

For the selection of the operating mode, rotate the Blower/vacuum selector lever to the required symbol, which in this case will be the vacuum operating mode symbol.

When using the vacuum, you need to exercise caution as it can throw debris, possibly causing severe personal injury to the operator or bystanders. Also, do not operate the vacuum without the bag installed or with the bag zipper open. Below are other precautions for safe use of the vacuum feature:

  • Do not vacuum sharp, pointed, or hard objects that could be thrown through the bag’s fabric, such as wires, staples, nails, or rocks. 
  • Always keep the vacuum tube 1 inch above the debris. 
  • Don’t force the vacuum tube into a pile of debris or hold the tube upright while force-feeding debris into the tube. Either action may clog and damage the Impeller and blade located inside the blower. 
  • If the vacuum starts to vibrate or make abnormal noise, stop it, unplug the cord, and check for the cause.
worx trivac leaf blower problem

To empty the leaf collection bag, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off and unplug the vacuum from the power source. Empty the Bag. Do not store debris inside the bag. 
  2. Turn it inside out and shake out any excess debris to clean the bag. Once a year, handwash the bag in soapy water and allow it to air dry.

How to Clean and Maintain a Worx Leaf Blower

WORX WG509 12 Amp TRIVAC 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower 

Follow these instructions to clean and maintain your Worx WG509 electric leaf blower:

  • Keep the cutting edge sharp and clean for best performance and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. 
  • Inspect appliance cord periodically, and if damaged, have it repaired by an authorized service facility.
  • Inspect extension cords periodically and replace them if damaged. 
  • Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease.

WORX WG505E Trivac Leaf Blower 

Follow these maintenance and storage instructions for your Worx WG505 leaf blower:

  1. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the appliance is in safe working condition
  2. Check the debris collector frequently for wear or deterioration. 
  3. Replace worn or damaged parts. 
  4. Use only genuine replacement parts and accessories. 
  5. Store the machine in a dry place out of the reach of children.
  6. When stopping the blower for servicing, inspection, or storage, or to change an accessory, shut off the power source, disconnect the machine from the supply and make sure that all moving parts come to a complete stop. Allow the machine to cool before making any inspections, adjustments, etc. Maintain the machine with care and keep it clean.
  7. Store the machine in a dry place out of the reach of children. 
  8. Always allow the machine to cool before storing.
  9. When servicing the shredding means be aware that, even though the power source is switched off due to the interlock feature of the guard, the shredding means can still be moved. 
  10. Never attempt to override the interlocked feature of the guard.

Worx WG584

To properly clean and maintain a Worx cordless blower (WG584), follow these instructions below:

  • Use only mild soap and a damp cloth.  
  • Do not use any detergent, cleaner, or solvent which may contain chemicals that could seriously damage the plastic. 
  • Self-lubricating bearings are used in your product. Therefore, lubrication is not required.

How to Disconnect Hoses on a Worx Leaf Blower

After attaching the Blower/Vacuum Tube to the motor housing on a WORX WG509 12 Amp TRIVAC 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower, you may later remove it by following these steps below:

  1. Move the On/Off switch to the off position. 
  2. Then press the Release Button to release the tube. Do not try to separate the tubes by force or using tools. Unplug the tool before separating the tube.

Also, here are instructions on how you can disassemble some other Worx leaf blow models:

20V Power Share WORX AIR Cordless Leaf Blower WG545.1

To disassemble the WG545.1 blower after putting it together, follow these instructions below:

  • Locate the textured circle on top of the WORX AIR long tube. 
  • Press it and pull the tube away from the body of the WORX AIR. 
  • To install other accessories, line up the textured circle on the WORX AIR with the corresponding hole on the accessory and push them on until they click.

7.5 Amp Electric 2-Speed Leaf Blower Model Number: WG506

To disassemble this blower:

  • Locate the textured circle on top of the WORX AIR long tube.
  • Press it and pull the tube away from the body of the blower.

TURBINE 56V Cordless Leaf Blower Model Number: WG591 (Discontinued)

To disassemble the cordless blower, WG591 follow these instructions:

  • Press the convenient clip on the left side of the turbine nozzle to release the nozzle. Hold this down and pull the nozzle straight away from the motor. 
  • Separating the motor and nozzle makes the tool more compact for transport or easy storage in tight spaces.
  • If you need to disassemble the nozzle further, find the small, rectangular shape with rounded corners near the seam of the two nozzle pieces. Press down hard on this space while pushing the seam against a hard surface. It isn’t easy to separate, but it may be done if necessary.

How to Wrap the Electric Cord on My Worx Leaf Blower

You should not use an extension cord over 150 feet. If you do not fully seat the extension cord on the inlet plug, the loose plug could lead to overheating and cause a fire, possibly burning you or others. Ensure that you fully seat the cord on the plug and use the cord lock feature to secure the cord.

To reduce the risk of disconnection of appliance cord from the extension cord during operating: 

  1. Make a knot; or 
  2. Use one of the plug-receptacle retaining straps or connectors.

Why Did My Worx Electric Leaf Blower Stop Working?

There are several possible reasons as to why your electric blower stopped working. To troubleshoot the issue, start by testing the power lead and all the connections as they often suffer from internal breaks, and then if all is fine, take the unit apart, check the input cable, and switch all the way down to the motor.

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Lightweight, high-powered engines generate much heat and will overheat quickly if there is any reduction or stoppage in the blast of cooling air through them. Most appliances intended for domestic use have to be fitted with a safety cut-out, some of which are manually resettable, and some reset automatically. Often there is a thermal fuse close to the motor, which will blow if overheating occurs.