With a garbage disposal, cleaning up after meals can be much less tedious and time-consuming. Small blades housed within the disposal carve up food waste into smaller pieces, making it easier for your home’s plumbing system to handle. And for homeowners who care about energy efficiency, they’ll be happy to know that a disposal needs minimal water and electricity to function.
A Few Problems Your Disposal May Encounter
Most of the issues your garbage disposal faces are a result of either an electrical issue or what’s put into the disposal. Knowing what it can and can’t handle will go a long way toward stopping problems from happening in the first place.
But when something does go wrong, Howe technicians will make sure to find the source of the problem as soon as we can. This gives us the best chance of saving the disposal and prevents you from having to get a new one installed.
1. The Disposal Won’t Start
Most disposals have a reset button you can try first. Locate the button and firmly press it unless you notice an obvious jam in the disposal’s blades. If the disposal still isn’t starting at all, it’s usually because of an electrical problem or because the blades are stuck. Wiring can be hazardous to inspect and repair, so it’s best to leave garbage disposal repair to professional technicians.
2. The Disposal’s Blades Aren’t Running
Garbage disposals make some amount of noise when running. If you hear the disposal but the blades aren’t actually spinning, it could be an electrical error, a problem with the motor or another malfunction somewhere between the blades and the motor. Howe repair technicians will make sure the disposal is off before determining why the blades aren’t working.
Sometimes, it’s because a stubborn piece of debris has gotten stuck inside the disposal, catching the blades and preventing them from moving. Even though they’re relatively small, these blades are sharp and capable of injury. Make sure never to reach into a garbage disposal if you aren’t certain it’s turned off and unplugged.
A telltale sign there’s something wrong with your garbage disposal is evidence of a leak. If a piece of debris is hard/tough enough, it can crack or otherwise damage internal components and potentially spring a leak.
Nearby water damage can also be a sign there’s something wrong with the disposal. If you see mold or damp spots underneath your sink, the garbage disposal may be to blame.