When your garbage disposal makes cleaning your kitchen more of a hassle, you may need to repair it. A garbage disposal repairman, plumber, or handyman can fix some issues, but not all of them. If it can’t be fixed, you may have to get a garbage disposal replacement. It’s an essential kitchen tool that gives homeowners an added convenience they use on a daily basis. Getting rid of peels and other scraps while you’re preparing meals and cooking food becomes easier, because they’ll go right down the drain. But over time, all this work can take its toll. Any properly functioning unit should be able to take a few scraps. But if your garbage disposal seems to take longer than usual to do some simple grinding, makes an odd noise, or gives off a nasty odor, you may have to install a new one.
Common Garbage Disposal Problems
Knowing how your garbage disposal works and why it doesn’t is the first step in deciding on whether it needs to be repaired or replaced, but there’s one thing you need to remember — that you should never stick your hands down the drain.
Here are some of the common issues that every garbage disposal can experience:
- The garbage disposal is on but isn’t making a sound — If you have a garbage disposal running quietly, it’s working perfectly. There are many powerful units with a great deal of horsepower and perform quietly. But if it’s on, isn’t grinding, and isn’t making any noise, you have a problem.
- Your garbage disposal is leaking — If your garbage disposal is leaking water, the seal will most likely need to be replaced. But it could also be a more serious issue. The leak could be at the rings that are installed around the drain hole, which is called a sink flange. Sometimes, garbage disposals can have a hole in the casing, which can be the cause of a foreign object that gets lost in the unit or the result of it wearing out over time.
- Your garbage disposal is draining slowly — If your drain is taking longer than usual to do its job, you might have a congested drain line. It’s not a good idea to use a chemical drain cleaner on your garbage disposal, because you could damage it and end up with a sink full of dangerous chemicals that you’ll eventually have to clean out manually. If the clog doesn’t clear out with baking soda and vinegar, you should call a professional.
- Your garbage disposal is jammed — If something is blocking your garbage disposal’s flywheel, you’ll hear a low humming sound (which means you have a jam). Every garbage disposal will automatically shut down when it gets stuck to the point where the motor can stall, but they’re also designed to where anyone can remove whatever is blocking the unit.
If you still have a problem and you’ve tried everything, you should get in touch with Royal Plumbing. We have team experts who can perform any garbage disposal repair or replacement. So if you need someone to look at your garbage disposal, get in touch with us today!