Convenient, safe and easy to use, garbage disposals have quickly become a part of household kitchens around the world. They help reduce waste, and they make after-dinner cleanup a breeze.
Unfortunately, these disposals often stop functioning as they’re intended to function–and it may surprise you to find out why. It’s not due to a mechanical malfunction or inferior product. Often, the reason these products break down is the way we use them!
Why Isn’t My Garbage Disposal Working?
Garbage disposals have a simple purpose. They shred and chop the residue from your food into bits so tiny that they can safely pass through the rest of your house's plumbing without causing any clogs. However, to do this, the food you put into it needs to be small enough to make it through the processor itself.
Though it isn't the cause 100% of the time, the main reason garbage disposals break down frequently is because people fill it with chunks of food too big or too hard for it to chop and shred! At the end of your meals, make sure to throw any excessively large chunks of food away with the trash before you empty the rest of your plates. Otherwise, you could be in need of garbage disposal repair soon.
Day-To-Day Garbage Disposal Fixes
There are a few problems garbage disposals commonly experience that you may be able to fix yourself! If your disposal isn't working, switch its power on and listen carefully. If you hear a humming noise, it means your disposal is trying to function but is probably clogged by something. For garbage disposal clogs, it's best to call Anthony Wimpey Plumbing to help sort out the issue.
However, if you don't hear anything at all, it means your disposal isn't getting power in the first place. To fix this, first check your disposal to see if there's a reset button on it. If there is, try pressing it. If there's no button, or if that doesn't work, check to see if your disposal is plugged in. If it is, unplug it and try plugging another device into the outlet to see if it's working. If you find out the outlet isn't working, you'll have to reset the circuit breaker the disposal is connected to.
If these steps don’t work, you’ll need professional garbage disposal repair.
Is it Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal?
If your garbage disposal has been working hard for you for 5-7 years, and its performance is starting to slip a bit, it may be time for a replacement. We can inspect your disposal to help you determine whether it’s time for a new one, or if we can keep your current unit working for a while longer.
If it is time for a new garbage disposal, we’ll help you choose a new model that’s a good fit for your usage needs and your budget. Plus, by getting a professional to install your new disposal, you’ll get a longer service life from it. We’ll even give you some helpful pointers on what you should and shouldn’t put into your disposal – and how to maintain it on a regular basis.
The Garbage Disposal Repair Pros Know Best
If your garbage disposal is still giving you issues, it’s time to call the professionals in. At Anthony Wimpey Plumbing, we have the tools and expertise needed to figure out just what’s wrong with your garbage disposal. Whether your disposal is clogged, you have a broken component, or yours is a power issue, we know how to investigate, fix the problem, or tell you what your options are. With more than 30 years of plumbing experience, you can rest assured that our team knows exactly what they’re doing in your kitchen.
If you're in need of garbage disposal repair, don't hesitate–call us today, and we'll get your disposal working again.