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Failure to maintain for seasonal storage, now it won't start

We have a Troy Bilt blower, we unfortunately failed to maintain it. We can not get it to start. I know it's because we left the gas from last year in it. For whatever reason, it never occurred to me to siphon out the gas at the end of the season and put it in my car. Anyways we tried to start it yesterday and could not, I added Heet and topped the tank off thinking that would work. Nope, I found info to siphon out the gas and run the engine dry. But that's to store it for the season. My question is what do I do with the old gas and Heet in the tank? After removing the old gas and Heet, will it start or should we take it into a small engine repair place?
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No need to drain any gas Ö. I have Stabil and half the rate of SeaFoam in all my 5 gal. cans as soon as I fill them.

Never had an issue, all my machines fire up flawlessly from year to year.

Now that you have some bad gas in the carburetor, you can try carefully removing the bowl, after you shut the gas off or drain the tank, and spray some carb cleaner in there and put some new gas in the tank, prime it and choke it and fire it up. Most of the times the carb has to come off for a good cleaning, or put a new one on, as they are only 12-15 dollars.
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I would try a 2-step process:

1. Drain out all the gas. Siphon out of the tank, and if you can look for a spot under the gas tank where you can disconnect a fuel line, and try to drain gas from the tubes as well.

2. Remove the carb bowl, (some gas will come out there too, wear safety glasses) and spray down the carb with carb cleaner.

Put the carb bowl back on, reconnect any disconnected fuel lines, fill the tank about 25% full with new gas, and give it a try..

If that doesnt work, the carb might need even more cleaning, (removal and soak), or a new carb.
There is also the possibility it isnt a gas problem! Could be electrical..but its most likely bad gas.

I collect stale gas (and gas-oil mix from the weed whacker) in a milk jug and take it once a year to my county recycling center.

Also, if you can, try to find and use ethanol-free gas:

It makes a big difference!
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Oneacer is correct but I believe in starting simple and moving on from there. Gas left in the tank for months can gum up everything. My suggestion is to replace the fuel filter, then check the fuel line for a clog, then move on to the carb.
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I would start fresh by draining the gas from the tank and carb. If you can't remove the fuel line at the carb, drain it from the carburetor's fuel bowl in to a clear soda bottle. It should be clear. If it's cloudy, it has water in it. Water will also settle to the bottom. With the fuel bowl off, and the gas drained, spray carb cleaner up the main jet using the red tube attached to the carb cleaner. Get new gas in an absolutely empty gas can. Put it in. With the fuel bowl on, open the nut on the bottom of the fuel bowl and let gas drain out for 5-10 seconds. Tighten. If accessible, spray carb cleaner or starting fluid in the carb's intake. Medium to High throttle, Full Choke, Start it. No need to prime!!! Dangerous if you do. Do all of this outside away from the house.

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