Garbage disposals are one of the most commonly misused appliances in a home. In addition, misuse is a common reason for homeowners to require garbage disposal appliance repair. Thusly, it is important to know how to properly use your garbage disposal so that you can help to ensure its continued functionality. Here are a few tips that should help you to make sure you do not accidentally damage your garbage disposal the next time you use it.
Run Cold Water When Using Your Garbage Disposal
What many people are not aware of is how vital it is to run water while using a garbage disposal, and for at least 20 seconds after turning the garbage disposal off. Running cold water while your garbage disposal is running will help to prevent the disposal from clogging, as it will keep food particles moving. Furthermore, the cold water can help to keep the disposal’s motor cool, which can help to extend its life.
Only Put Soft Foods Down Your Garbage Disposal
Many people are under the impression that they can put any food down their garbage disposal. While the mechanisms may be able to handle many types of food, putting anything too hard through the garbage disposal can damage the appliance.
Do Not Overfill Your Garbage Disposal
A common mistake many people make is in trying to put too much food down their garbage disposal at one time. Doing so can overwork the systems motor as well as its other components. To help ensure the life of your garbage disposal, put small amounts of food down it at a time waiting for it to clear before you add more food.
Following these useful tips should help you to get the longest life possible out of your garbage disposal. However, if you slip up and accidentally damage your garbage disposal, call a professional to look at and repair it. These disposals can be hazardous appliances for untrained individuals to try to tamper with. Contact us to find out about more tips that can help you extend the life of your garbage disposal as well as to make an appointment to have your appliance inspected and/or repaired.