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Don't Let Food Spoil Your Day: Garbage Disposal Repair

a plumber with a red wrench repairing a garbage disposal

The garbage disposal – a modern marvel that whisks away food scraps, keeping your kitchen sink clean and odor-free. But like any appliance, garbage disposals can encounter problems that leave you stumped and with a sink full of unwanted guests. Here at Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we understand the frustration a malfunctioning garbage disposal can cause. That's why we offer expert garbage disposal repair and maintenance services to keep your kitchen running smoothly.

Common Garbage Disposal Woes:

While garbage disposals are designed to handle everyday food scraps, certain items can cause issues. Here are some common problems you might encounter:

  • Jamming: This is a frequent occurrence, often caused by putting hard or non-food items down the disposal. Utensils, bones, fruit pits, and fibrous materials like celery can jam the blades, preventing the disposal from functioning properly.

  • Leaks: Leaks can originate from various points, including the disposal unit itself, the connection to the sink flange, or the drainpipes. Leaks can indicate loose connections, worn-out gaskets, or even a damaged disposal unit.

  • Dull Blades: Over time, the disposal blades can become dull, reducing their effectiveness in grinding food scraps. This can lead to larger chunks remaining in the disposal, potentially causing clogs and unpleasant odors.

DIY Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting Tips:

Before calling a professional, there are a few DIY troubleshooting tips you can try for minor garbage disposal issues:

  • Reset Button: Most garbage disposals have a reset button located on the bottom of the unit. If the disposal has jammed, try pressing the reset button after the motor has cooled down (usually around 15 minutes).

  • Clear the Jam Manually: If the reset button doesn't work, you can attempt to clear the jam manually using a wrench specifically designed for garbage disposals. Important: Never put your hand inside the disposal while it's plugged in!

  • Check for Small Objects: Sometimes, small objects like silverware or bottle caps can get lodged around the blades. Use a flashlight and long tongs to retrieve them carefully.

When to Call a Professional for Garbage Disposal Repair:

While these DIY tips can help with minor issues, for complex problems, it's crucial to call a professional plumber. Here are some situations where professional help is necessary:

  • Persistent Leaks: If you notice leaks around the disposal unit or the drainpipes, don't attempt to fix them yourself. A professional plumber at Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling can identify the source of the leak and perform the necessary repairs to prevent water damage.

  • Electrical Issues: If you suspect electrical issues with the disposal, such as sparks or a burning smell, don't use the disposal at all. Turn off the power at the breaker box and contact a qualified electrician immediately.

  • Extensive Jamming: If the disposal is severely jammed and resists all your attempts to clear it manually, calling a professional plumber is the safest and most efficient solution.

Preventative Maintenance is Key:

To avoid these headaches altogether, consider preventative maintenance for your garbage disposal. Here are some simple tips:

  • Grind Only Approved Items: Always refer to your disposal's manual for a list of approved food scraps. Avoid putting grease, coffee grounds, fibrous materials, bones, and fruit pits down the drain.

  • Run Cold Water: When using the disposal, run cold water before, during, and after grinding to keep the blades cool and flush food scraps down the drain.

  • Grind Ice Cubes Occasionally: Occasionally grinding a handful of ice cubes can help sharpen the blades and remove any built-up food particles.

Don't Let Garbage Disposal Issues Ruin Your Day:

By understanding common problems, utilizing these DIY troubleshooting tips, and prioritizing preventative maintenance, you can keep your garbage disposal functioning optimally. But remember, for complex repairs, don't hesitate to call the experts at Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Our skilled plumbers can diagnose and address any garbage disposal issue you face, ensuring your kitchen stays clean and odor-free.

Contact Us today at  +1 (801) 465-3115 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our garbage disposal repair and maintenance services!


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