Garbage Disposal Not Working?

When a garbage disposal is working properly, it is a very valuable kitchen tool. Unfortunately, like all mechanical items, problems can develop. A garbage disposal can get jammed, leak, become clogged and more. Even with proper maintenance and repairs, a garbage disposal may still need to be replaced after being regularly used for a number of years.

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Fixing A Garbage Disposal

When a garbage disposal is working properly, it is a very valuable kitchen tool. Unfortunately, like all mechanical items, problems can develop. A garbage disposal can get jammed, leak, become clogged and more. Even with proper maintenance and repairs, a garbage disposal may still need to be replaced after being regularly used for a number of years.

Garbage Disposal Not Working At All

If a garbage disposal won't work and doesn't make any type of sound, it may not be getting any power. The first thing to do is find out where the reset button is on the disposal and press it. This may work, but if it doesn't, it's time to unplug the disposal. Test the outlet for the disposal with another device to see if the problem is with the outlet. If it still doesn't work, it may be time to go to the circuit breaker panel in the house and reset the circuit breaker.

Clogged Garbage Disposal

You know that your garbage disposal is clogged when the motor to the unit hums, but the disposal does not grind. This could also be the case if a disposal unit is very noisy when run. It may run for a bit of time but stop before it's turned off. The problem could be a piece of debris stuck between and impeller blade and the unit's motor. This could be anything from a fruit pit to a bone and more. When this happens, it's best not to run the disposal. Doing this could burn out the motor. This may require the attention of one of our certified Denver, Colorado plumbing professional. They will unplug the disposal. They will find the hex hole in the disposal unit. They will insert a hex wrench in the hole and move it back and forth to get the impellers free. Pliers or special tongs may be used to remove what is causing the garbage disposal clog. In some cases, our plumbers may have to remove the disposal unit to eliminate the cause of the garbage disposal clogging.

Garbage Disposal Leaking

There are a number of places on a garbage disposal that can leak. One of the most common places is at the sink flange. To check this, a plumbing professional will turn off the power. The disposal will then be carefully removed from the disposer mount. The bolts will be checked to see if they are tight. The situation may require putty to be placed between the sink flange and sink. The disposal unit will then be reinstalled. If this is not the cause of the leak, the dishwasher connection will be checked. A plumbing professional will also check the discharge drainpipe for any sign of leakage.

Garbage Disposal Draining Slowly

The reason for this is often the wrong types of foods being put into the garbage disposal unit. Some debris will react with water, and this makes it difficult to grind up. There can also be a problem when the disposal has sent the debris to the waste line. When this happens after the disposal is given sufficient time to run and clear the debris, the problem may be a clogged drain line. A plumbing professional will know how to resolve this issue. It is important a homeowner never use a chemical drain cleaner to clean the drain with their garbage disposal unit. This may not work, and the homeowner would have a sink filled with toxic chemicals that must be removed and disposed of as quickly as possible. A plumbing professional will remove the bolts holding the discharge pipe leading to the disposal. They will then disconnect the drain trap. The trap and the drain discharge pipe will then be removed. Any possible obstructions will be cleared. If no obstructions are found, the problem could be within the line going beyond the vertical pipe and into a home's wall.

Garbage Disposal Grinding Poorly

If a homeowner's garbage disposal is running but doesn't grind up debris well, it could be not enough water is being put into the disposal unit when it is being run. It's also important to not put debris into a garbage disposal unit that will damage it. Should the garbage disposal sound like it is running with no problem, but it is not grinding anything, the blades may be broken. A plumbing professional will be able to let a homeowner know it if is more cost effective for them to repair the garbage disposal or replace the entire unit.

Bad Odor From Garbage Disposal

There is a chance that over a period of time a bad odor may develop in a garbage disposal. This is a result of food particles accumulating in the unit's grind chamber. This buildup could be the result of insufficient water flow when the disposal is in operation and after it's used. To correct this will require turning off the disposal unit and disconnecting it from the power supply. A plumbing professional will then reach into the sink opening and clean the underside as well as the inside upper lip of the grind chamber. A stopper can then be put in the sink opening, and half of the sink can be filled with warm water. A pound box of baking soda can be mixed into the water. Once this is done, the disposal unit is turned on at the same time as the sink stopper is removed. This will remove any loose food particles.

Garbage Disposal Won't Turn Off

If a person turns off their garbage disposal and the unit continues to run, just let it run. It should stop after approximately 20 minutes or less. This could indicate a problem with the disposal unit's electrical system. A plumbing professional will know how to check for problems with the electrical system. It's possible the problem is with the outlet where the disposal is connected. In some cases, one plug is controlled by a switch and the other runs continuous. The plug for the disposal unit could be moved from one plug to the other. If the disposal still does not turn off, there is a good chance it is a problem with the unit's electrical system.

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