How to Fix Garbage Disposal – A Definitive Guide with VIDEO
Quite a few things can get your garbage disposal clogged or worn. These might happen due to what you put into your garbage disposal or due to some unacceptable way of using it.
Moreover, your garbage disposal requires that you make the necessary routine check and maintenance on it. When your garbage disposal gets out of order, this can be troublesome sometimes. Do not worry, however, as you can repair it yourself through some methods that would be discussed here.
Before you go about repairing your garbage disposal, you should try to (if you can) get your disposal’s instructional manual.
Watch this video to know about basic repairing of a garbage disposer.
This will guide you, first, on the proper usage of the garbage disposal. Second, it will lead you on how to assemble and dismantle the garbage disposal, and third, it will guide you on the maintenance of the disposal.
How to Unclog a Garbage Disposer
How to Fix a Garbage Disposer that Leaks
First is that you need to check and be sure if there is leakage in the hoses of your garbage disposal. You can do this by checking the underneath of your sink.
Do not be confused with any water that might have already been poured there. Verify this by pouring some water into your disposal.
When you see that the underneath of your sink is wet due to the leakage, you need to take action by fixing your hoses or the seals.
How to Fix a Garbage Disposer That Won’t Switch on
When garbage disposals fail to turn on, various things might be involved. The saddest, however, is that your garbage disposal might want to be replaced with a new one.
But don’t fret yet. It might actually be some troubleshooting that is needed when your garbage disposal is not turning on.
Some of those troubleshooting would include;
1. Resetting The Garbage Disposal
Try to reset the garbage disposal by pressing the reset button at your disposal. Sometimes, your garbage disposal can turn itself off for some reason such as overwor king, clogging, or overheating.
With this, you would need to reset the disposal. You can try to give it a little time to cool down before pressing the reset button.
The reset button which you might not notice before your disposal turned off will appear after the disposal has turned off. So, you would just need to press this button, and you are good to go.
There might, however, still be a problem with the responsiveness of the button. This is another case, and this might be leading to a change of your disposal.
2. Verify The Power and The Connection
This may sound vague, but sometimes you might not notice that the actual power supply is the issue. So, try to ensure that the power is on and that the disposal is well plugged.
Also, ensure that there is no problem with the circuit breaker. You can verify if the circuit breaker is functional by testing another appliance with the circuit breaker. Then try to see if there is no problem with the disposal’s wire.
If you have the time, you can try to check through the wire to see if the connection hasn’t broken in any way.
3. Check to See If There Is No Clogging
Actually, clogs might be the reason why your garbage disposal turned itself off. So, try to unclog the disposal by using the method that has been aforementioned. After you might have successfully unclogged your garbage disposal, go on to resetting your disposal.
Let’s Answer Some Frequently Asked Questions
1. There is a bad odour coming from my disposer, how can I solve this?
You have to use, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning agent to remove the odour from your disposer naturally and make it smell fresh again. If the chosen cleaning agent is not doing the work, attempt the bleaching agent that can kill the odour-causing bacteria.
2. Is there any issue of running water while using the disposer?
No problem. During operation, run the full stream of water through the disposer and after use, you should also leave the water to run for about ten seconds.
3. Can I put anything in my disposer?
No. There are some substances not to be put in a disposer. If they find their way into a disposer, they can destroy it. Some of the substances like highly fibrous food; can cause clogging.
4. What are substances to be put in a disposer?
Depending on the type of disposer you have, there are substances not allowed in your disposers. But for most of them, soft food, ice cubs, coffee grounds are not a threat.
5. I want to buy garbage disposer, what size should I go for?
Typically, garbage disposer comes as 1, ½ or ¾. So depending on your needs, you can choose the size that suits you most.
To conclude, that’s all for this piece. If you have any further queries regarding your garbage disposal, drop them in the comments section below.