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Garbage Disposal Repair
1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland

  1. When is it time to replace or repair your garbage disposal?

  2. How to Make a Garbage Disposal Last Longer

  3. Call us at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland

Your routine in the kitchen becomes disrupted when your garbage disposal stops working. You put some scraps in the sink, go to turn it on, and the sink just fills with water. Worries of a clogged drain and repair or replacement thoughts start creeping up. In this article, we will go over some of the common signs when your garbage disposal is not working, such as when it is jammed, or making a humming sign, or just will not turn on. And if you have any questions, you can give us a call, or name it our number, 1-800-plumber +Air of Portland.

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When is it time to replace or repair your garbage disposal?

The garbage disposal is like most kitchen appliances. It requires a plug to work or it is hardwired into your home. If you have a double sink, it is usually mounted on the sink that is closest to the outlet, it is important before you do any maintenance or try to fix it, unplug the unit first.

One of the first instincts is to stick our hand down there, this can be very dangerous, if it is jammed, and it comes loose, the blades can start spinning again.

Here are some of the signs it may be time to replace your garbage disposal unit.

It is not making noise but the unit is on

If your unit is not making noise, and the blades aren't spinning, again we must reiterate, do not stick your hand down into the unit. The first thing to check is to make sure the unit is plugged in if it is, then try resetting the unit. There is a little red button on the bottom of the unit, and resetting it may get it to run again, while you are under the sink, feel the bottom of the unit, if it is warm to the touch, your unit may be overheated, and might just need a little bit of time to cool down. If all of these options do not get your unit to work again, it may be time to get a new garbage disposal. Contact Us for options.

Your Garbage Disposal is Leaking

If water is leaking from your unit, that could be a sign it might be an easy or more severe repair. The first place to check is the flange, which is the sink's drain hole. If water is leaking from here, this may mean the rings may need to be tightened or the plumber's putty needs to be reapplied.

Other places to check or any other hose that is connected to the garbage disposal, such as the drain hose from the dishwasher, these pipes can become loose, and sometimes it is just tightening up the connection that can stop the leak. Other things like a hole in the actual unit mean you will have to replace your garbage disposal, holes in your unit can happen when a sharp object gets accidentally put down the garbage disposal, or the unit is old.

Smells Coming From your Garbage Disposal

If foul smells or coming from your garbage disposal, that can be a sign that you need to replace your unit. As garbage disposals get older, the blades get duller. As the blades get duller, more and more food gets stuck in the unit and it starts to decompose. This is where 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland comes in, we can replace your unit and get your house smelling normal again.

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How to Make a Garbage Disposal Last Longer?

A garbage disposal can grind almost anything that is biodegradable. But there are items that are best to never put into your unit. Follow these steps to make your garbage disposal last as long as possible.

Food items that are safe for your garbage disposal

  • Vegetable scraps

  • Fruit scraps

  • Little bits of food left on plates

Items that should never go into your garbage disposal

  • Cooking fats, grease, and oils: They are tough for a disposal to break down and if they do, the fat and grease can go through the drain and clog the pipes.

  • Large bones, fruit seeds and cores, fibrous plant scraps and raw vegetables: This solid food waste can dislodge the internal seals and grinding blades.

  • Rice, pasta, and other starchy food scraps: They can clump together and keep your sink from draining properly.

  • Shrimp and seafood shells.

  • Large portions of meat: The remnants from grinding can line the interior walls of the garbage disposal and stink over time.

  • Coffee grounds: They can clog your sink over time.

Call us at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland

Dealing with a garbage disposal that isn't working can be stressful, maybe the sink isn't draining as well, there is no time to lose when it comes to replacing or repairing your garbage disposal. Get your house back up and running fast with 1-800-Plumber +Air. We understand how this can impact your life, and we are here to help.

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