When you need disposal repair, you’re quickly reminded why your garbage disposal is the unsung hero of your kitchen. It has a pretty dirty job, but someone (or something) has to do it – and if you take care of your disposal, it’ll be the one doing the heavy lifting (and grinding and chewing up), not you. The disposal system can handle a lot, but not everything that you throw at it. Plus, it needs some TLC just like every other appliance in your home. Many homeowners are quick to schedule inspections for the washer, dryer, refrigerator, oven and stove, but keep their disposal on the back burner. Unfortunately, many people don’t call in the disposal appliance repair professionals until something goes terribly wrong maytag stove and oven repair pasadena.
The most common reason for a nonworking disposal is also the most preventable: lack of maintenance. Unlike many other appliances, it can be tough to tell if your disposal is working as well as it should be. Food scraps (and many times other items that have no business down there) simply disappear down a black hole, and that grinding sound makes you think everything’s taken care of. However, in reality, it’s all a gamble. Unless scraps start to build up, there’s a horrendous smell, the disposal sounds stop entirely or you notice a leak, it’s likely that you assume everything is on the up and up.
Take care of one of the biggest workhorses in your kitchen and schedule annual maintenance checks. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a mess of a disposal – perhaps exacerbated by one of these issues:
The wrong items are put in it: No garbage disposal is designed to obliterate every food-related item. Some to avoid: bones (even small shards), cornhusks, wrappers and quite a few high-fiber veggies. If you grind up one of these items by mistake and catch it early, you might be able to fix the jam yourself by using an Allen wrench in the bottom socket hole. If that sounds too intimidating (it does for many people), call in the professionals. Never put your hands in or near the actual disposal opening.
It has a screw loose: Does it sound like you dropped a fork into the disposal, but know you didn’t? A screw might have literally come loose within the disposal (or a bearing, flyweight or blade might be loose). In some cases, smaller pieces will work their way through the system naturally. In other cases, the pieces are too big, damage is done and you may need repairs or replacements.
There’s a power problem: If your disposal doesn’t turn on at all, don’t assume a worst case scenario. It might be something as simple as a circuit breaker or fuse. Find the small red button on the underbelly of the disposal, under the sink. Press to restart – it’s the most common, easiest and safest fix plumbers get called to address.
These are the three biggies, but your disposal might be acting up for many other reasons. However, the others are a little more advanced, from leaks to snake requirements. If you’re not up for addressing issues yourself, let the experts handle them.