Nearly half of Americans have a garbage disposal in their home and for 60% of them, it was already there when they moved in.
If you have one in your home, you know how great they are. Clearing plates and taking out the trash is a breeze. Plus, they’re good for the environment since they cut down on the amount of food you send to the landfill.
The trouble is, when they stop working all those conveniences disappear. All that’s left is frustration.
That’s why we’ve outlined some basic garbage disposal repair techniques for each problem below. Read on for some basic troubleshooting you can do before you call a professional.
My Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On
If it won’t turn on, check under the sink to make sure it’s plugged in. You might’ve accidentally unplugged it while you were getting a new trash bag or cleaning supplies from under the sink.
If that’s not the problem, look for the small red reset button on the back or bottom of the disposal. If you’ve overheated the motor, it can turn itself off but the reset button will turn it back on.
You can also check your circuit breaker to make sure it’s on. If there’s still an issue, call for plumbing repairs.
It Takes a Long Time for the Water to Drain
If the water drains slowly, you probably have a clog in your disposal. Never use drain cleaner to clear your disposal because it can damage the system.
You can try pouring some vinegar and baking soda down the drain to clear it. If that doesn’t work, you may have to take the disposal apart. Unless you’ve done it before, it might be better for a professional to handle.
The best fix for this problem is to prevent it in the first place. Don’t put coffee grinds, egg shells, or potato peels down the disposal. If you don’t want to put them in the garbage, you could start a compost bin for these items.
It Sounds Like It’s Running but It Won’t Grind
If you hear the motor humming but nothing else, there’s a good chance something’s down there that shouldn’t be. It could be something like a piece of silverware, a bottle cap, or a bone.
First, go to your breaker box and turn off the power to the disposal and make sure the wall switch is off. Find the small hole at the bottom of the disposal unit and use a wrench to free the blade. Then you can use chopsticks or pliers to pull out the object.
Turn the disposal back on. If it’s still not working, call a plumber for service.
There’s a Bad Smell Coming From the Drain
Disposals grind up old food, so it’s normal for them to smell sometimes. Routine garbage disposal cleaning can take away any bad odors.
If you’re wondering how to clean a garbage disposal, you can add a handful of ice cubes and some rock salt and run the disposal to clean out the gunk. You can also pour vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Running lemon and orange peels through the disposal also works great.
Get Professional Garbage Disposal Repair Today
If you use your garbage disposal a lot, you might need to make some minor repairs now and again. It might’ve just tripped the circuit or be in need of cleaning.
That said, garbage disposal repair can be tricky sometimes. If you tried troubleshooting and it’s still not working it’s time to call in a pro that knows how to repair garbage disposals.
Whether you need repairs or a full replacement, All Clear Plumbing can get your garbage disposal back up and running. Reach out to us today to make an appointment.