3 Garbage Disposal Repair Tips to Try Before Calling Your Local Appliance Repair Company

Fred's Appliance
June 25, 2014

Cleaning your kitchen after preparing dinner is never fun, luckily, it’s much easier when you have a garbage disposal. This handy appliance makes getting rid of food scraps a breeze and it helps cut back on your garbage output. Unfortunately, through the years, your disposal can run into a few common malfunctions that can lead to some extremely frustrating moments. However, before you call your localappliance repair company, take a look at the 3 repair tips provided below.

Safety First

Remember to never place your hand in your sink’s drain. If you do and your garbage disposal accidentally turns on, you will be facing a very serious injury.

The Disposal Won’t Turn On

When your disposal won’t turn on, and you don’t hear a humming sound coming from the appliance, you are most likely dealing with an electrical problem.

  • To begin, make sure the appliance is plugged in properly. If it is, press the reset button on the bottom of the garbage disposal. When that option doesn’t work, you’ll want to head to your circuit breaker, to ensure you haven’t blown a fuse.
  • If none of the above suggestions are the cause of your malfunctioning appliance, you are probably dealing with a faulty switch or a defective garbage disposal. If you feel your DIY skills are up to the challenge, you can attempt to change the wall switch yourself; otherwise you may want to contact an appliance repair company.

The Disposal Grinds Scraps Poorly

A poorly grinding disposal isn’t only frustrating, but it can also lead to clogged drains which is never a pleasant experience.

  • If you feel your appliance is improperly grinding the items you place in it, the cause may actually be as simple as an inadequate amount of water. Running a full stream of cold water during the grinding process and at least 10 seconds after, helps the disposal break down the food you’re attempting to grind up.
  • Unfortunately, after years of use, your garbage disposal’s blades will eventually become dull. While you can choose to replace them, oftentimes it is cheaper to purchase a new disposal altogether. To prolong the life of your appliance’s blades avoid grinding up items that are too hard or highly fibrous.

The Disposal Won’t Run and Makes a Humming Noise

If you switch your appliance on to find it isn’t working, but does emit a humming noise, you could be looking at a jammed disposal.

  • Before you begin the repair, be sure to turn off the appliance’s power at your fuse box.
  • On the bottom of your unit you will find a small hole that connects to the flywheel. Carefully insert the offset wrench which came with your disposal into said hole. Turning the wrench clockwise will hopefully dislodge the jammed flywheel or impeller.

If you’ve tried the above garbage disposal fixes, but are still unsatisfied with your appliance’s performance, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you diagnose and repair the problem.

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