Garbage disposals are convenient appliances that can make cleaning up in the kitchen a lot easier, but like any appliance, they can sometimes run into problems. Below are some common problems with garbage disposals and what to do when they are in need of attention.
The disposal is not turning on
If the disposal does not turn on when you flip the switch, check to see if it is plugged in and if the circuit breaker has been tripped. If those are not the issue, try pressing the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. If the disposal still doesn't turn on, there may be an issue with the wiring or the motor, and it may need to be replaced. Call a plumber for help with this issue.
The disposal is making strange noises
If the disposal is making loud or unusual noises, there may be something stuck in the blades. Turn off the disposal and use tongs or pliers to remove any objects that may be stuck in the disposal. If there are no visible obstructions, there may be an issue with the motor, and it may need to be replaced.
The disposal is leaking
If there is water leaking from the disposal, check to see if the mounting bolts are loose. If the bolts are tight, there may be a crack in the disposal, and it may need to be replaced.
The disposal is clogged
If the disposal is not draining properly or is making a gurgling sound, it may be clogged. Turn off the disposal and use tongs or pliers to remove any visible obstructions. You can also try pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain to help dissolve any clogs. If the disposal is still not working properly, there may be a more serious clog further down the drain, and a professional plumber may need to be called.
The disposal smells bad
Over time, food particles can build up in the disposal, causing it to emit a foul odor. To freshen up the disposal, try grinding up ice cubes and lemon wedges in the disposal. You can also pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain to help eliminate any odors.
The above garbage disposal issues can often be fixed with simple DIY solutions, but if the problem persists or is more serious, it may be necessary to call in a professional plumber.
Contact a local plumbing service to learn more.