Common Garbage Disposal Issues

Anyone who spends a lot of time in their kitchen can tell you that the garbage disposal is a cook's best friend. However, that’s not to say that they are without their problems. These are some common garbage disposal issues that you may experience and how to fix them.

Jammed Disposal

If you flip the switch for your garbage disposal and only hear a humming, that usually means the unit is jammed. Cut the power to the disposal, use an offset wrench to turn the bottom slot of the disposal, and use a broom handle to free the impellers. Once it’s unjammed, turn on the disposal and run the cold water to get rid of anything left behind.

Clogged Disposal

If you toss something that isn’t meant to be in the disposal down the drain, you could clog your unit. First, try opening your drain trap and removing the clog. If you don’t find it there, try using a plunger or drain auger to pull it out. Once the clog is removed, run your hot water for a few minutes to flush everything out.

Disposal Won’t Run

If nothing happens when you turn on the disposal, meaning you hear no noise whatsoever, make sure the unit is plugged in and hit the reset button if it has popped out. If the disposal still won’t turn on, check your circuit breaker to make sure it didn’t trip. If that doesn’t work either, you may need a new switch. If that’s the case, don’t try to fix it yourself. Have an electrician handle the job.

If your garbage disposal is on the fritz, contact the experts at Ace Solves It All! Schedule your garbage disposal repair in Orlando, Kissimmee, or nearby with our team at (407) 850-4900.

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