What are common garbage disposal problems?
Some common problems that many homeowners have with their garbage disposal units are a blown fuse, a jammed motor, leaks, clogs and damaged blades. While sometimes the problem may be obvious, attempting to fix a garbage disposal can be dangerous. Given that you’re dealing with water, electricity and sharp, metal blades, it’s best to have a professional inspect the job.
My garbage disposal won’t turn on
If you go to turn on your garbage disposal does anything happens? If there is no noise or movement coming from your unit then this could be an indication that your unit’s fuse is blown or shut off. To start, check and see if the power has tripped. There will be a reset button and it should be located under the unit. Usually, this takes care of the problem.
My garbage disposal is jammed
Sometimes you go to turn on your garbage disposal and it will make a humming noise but the blades won’t move. When this happens, the power is getting through but something is restricting the blades. Sometimes the obstruction can be seen, and the temptation is to reach in and try to extract it. However, those blades are really sharp, and even if the power is turned off, you can still get a nasty cut. Regardless, something has gotten in the way and is preventing your garbage disposal from running properly. The best way to prevent jamming is to be mindful of what enters your drains. If too much refuse is forced down the drain, your disposal’s shredder cannot do its job effectively and will jam.
My garbage disposal is leaking
Leaks are another major problem that can arise with garbage disposals. Leaks can develop in the line or the connections going to the disposal unit. When this happens, our Gilbert plumbers can find the leak and remedy it or replace the unit. By fixing the leak you not only solve the problem, but help to prevent water damage to your home. Read more about water damage in your home here.
My garbage disposal is clogged
One of the most effective ways to prevent garbage disposal problems is to make sure you are watching what goes down your drain. Cut up food items if possible before shredding them in your disposal. Large chunks of food will likely cause jamming, as will large bones. If that fails and you find yourself with standing water in your sink and garbage disposal unit, you mights have a clog in the drain line. The culprit is likely to be some food or non-food item that didn’t make it through the plumbing system. At this point, the problem goes beyond the garbage disposal and now involves the pipes. Call our Gilbert plumbers today at 480-788-2564 and they can advise you on the proper steps to fix the issue fast. Read more about our Gilbert drain cleaning services.
My garbage disposal blades are broken
If you can hear the garbage disposal spinning but it doesn’t seem to be grinding anything, it may be that your unit’s blades are broken or have dulled. Some garbage disposals have replaceable blades, but most do not. If your unit’s blades are indeed broken or worn, then it might be time to replace it.
If you notice a major problem with your garbage disposal, call us at 480-788-2564 for quality-minded Gilbert garbage disposal installations and repairs!
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