Common Garbage Disposal Problems

August 18, 2022
Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

Your life won’t go to trash if your garbage disposal starts playing up, but it will make your life a little more difficult.

When your garbage disposal starts playing up, look out for some of these common problems.

Waste goes un-shredded

A garbage disposal unit consists of a motor that drives a grinding unit. The waste that goes into the unit is either shredded or ground up. If it isn’t shredded properly, the motor may not be driving the grinding unit properly. In this case, consult experts for help in adjusting the motor.

Another possible problem with shredding is that the waste is dry and a bit stodgy and can become stuck in the grinding unit. Turn the unit off and remove anything that may be blocking it. If there is no big object in the way, try running water through the garbage disposal. This should dislodge any of the dry waste.

 Failure to power on

The simplest reason for your garbage disposal failing to power on is that it could be unplugged. Check that first. If it’s plugged in, you’ll need to check the circuit breaker, which may have tripped. If it has, flip it up and check the garbage disposal again.

Unusual noises

You know the noise your garbage disposal usually makes. If it produces an unusual sound, it can indicate a fault. The unit may hum or even whirr. In both these cases, the sound tells you that the motor is powering on, but the unit isn’t grinding up the waste.

The most obvious reason for this is that there is something stuck and the shredder can’t move. Switch the unit off immediately, check the shredder ring and remove anything blocking it.

It’s also possible that the unit is faulty, or the motor is failing. In both of these cases, you will need to call in the experts at Craigs’s Services to repair the unit.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

The key to maintaining your garbage disposal is to use it regularly and pay attention to the way it runs. You should check the mechanism at least once a week and look out for anything that may have become caught.

You must also avoid feeding dry waste down the chute, as it may get stuck. To be sure, run plenty of cold water whenever you use the garbage disposal. And don’t ever overload the chute by putting too much waste down at one time.

When to Know it’s Time to Replace Garbage Disposal

The most obvious sign that you will need to replace your garbage disposal is when the waste becomes stuck regularly, or is no longer shredded or ground completely.

Of course, if the garbage disposal makes strange noises, despite clearing it regularly, you should consider replacing it.

To put your mind at ease, contact Craigs Services TODAY for residential plumbing services to sort out any problems with your garbage disposal.

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