When Should your Garbage Disposal Be Repaired or Replaced?
You know your appliances won’t last forever, but it is sometimes hard to find out when you need garbage disposal repair or you just need to replace it. When it comes to garbage disposals, they give out some unmistakable signs and clues that will guide you on what you need to do.
If you notice any of the following situations, then you might want to consider either calling a garbage disposal repair professional or even replacing your kitchen garbage disposal.
Your garbage disposal clogs frequently. If you are taking care of your garbage disposal by doing the following things, but still experience many clogs, it’s time to think about repairing or replacing it.
● You always run water while you are using it and at least 20 seconds after you’ve finished.
● The only foods you’re disposing of are those approved by the manufacturer.
● The food you’re disposing of is cut into small pieces, which are fed into the garbage disposal slowly.
Frequent clogs may also mean that you need a larger disposal capacity, so you might want to look into upgrading for a bigger model.
Frequently Pressing the Reset Button
If you feel that you constantly have to press the reset button to get your garbage disposal to work, that is a sure sign that you need garbage disposal repair or replacement, as it could mean a failing motor. It’s okay to have to press the reset button after you’ve cleared a clog or after large amounts of food have been put through the disposal, but anything more frequent than that requires your attention.
If you can’t get rid of any persistent odors, even after you’ve tried to freshen the garbage disposal by cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, a sink full of dish soap, citrus peels or ice cubes. A foul odor that won’t go away means that the smell could be trapped in the unit itself or the drain lines.
If your blades have become dull and you notice that food takes a longer time to grind or clogs are becoming a more frequent occurrence it could mean that the blades are no longer sharp enough to do their job, and you will need to replace the unit.
If you notice constant leaking or have a leak that is not easily fixed, then its time to start thinking about garbage disposal repair. Some leaks can be easily fixed by replacing O-rings or by tightening the connections; other leaks are more complicated and will end up costing you more than a repair in the long run. If the leak is in your sink flange or other parts of the unit, contact a professional plumber to look at your garbage disposal and guide you on the best course of action.
Kitchen or Sink Replacement
You don’t always need to replace your disposal when you’re installing a new sink or upgrading your kitchen appliances, but it could be a good time to do so, especially depending on the age of your unit. Since professionals will already be on-site, it might end up being more convenient and cost-effective to replace an older garbage disposal instead of waiting for the problems to start happening.
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