Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation from Howe Technicians

Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation from Howe Technicians

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Your kitchen’s garbage disposal can be a useful piece of equipment. When used properly, it breaks down food waste and ensures kitchen plumbing isn’t negatively affected. Unfortunately, it isn’t always clear what should and shouldn’t go into the disposal. A broken or malfunctioning garbage disposal can cause all sorts of trouble, including clogs.

To keep your garbage disposal working, call or text Howe at 605-339-2020. Our professional garbage disposal service in Sioux Falls, is fast and effective. Let us know as soon as you realize something’s wrong, and we’ll have your disposal back up and running in no time.

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Garbage Disposals Keep Kitchen Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

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.

3. Leaks

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.

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What Should and Shouldn’t Go in Your Garbage Disposal?

A frustrating aspect of garbage disposals is trying to determine what kinds of food waste should go into the disposal, and what shouldn’t go in the disposal. Here are few reminders that can help you make decide whether it should go straight into the trash:

  • Keep pieces of food as small as possible: The smaller a piece of food waste is, the more likely the disposal can grind it up without issue.
  • Avoid grainy, fibrous items like vegetable skins: The skins of root vegetables like carrots and potatoes can be tough and fibrous due to the presence of cellulose. This substance can very easily clog up your garbage disposal.
  • Most liquids are fine. Avoid oil and grease: While most liquids will pass right through the disposal without problem, cooking oil and grease can solidify and gum up internal components.
  • Coffee grounds and eggshells are frequently the culprit: Many clogs or broken garbage disposals can be traced back to coffee grounds and eggshells. Because these items can be broken down into small pieces, many homeowners assume they won’t clog the disposal.
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Howe Ensures Quality Disposal Repair and Replacement

When something’s wrong with your garbage disposal, you can trust Howe to find the source of your problem and complete repairs fast. That being said, sometimes the cost of repair is about the same as new garbage disposal installation. If that’s the case, you can also trust Howe to let you know all available options, ensuring you make a well-informed decision.

To request garbage disposal service, call or text Howe today at 605-339-2020

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