Garbage Disposal Repair, Replace, & Installation
Not sure if your garbage disposal needs to be replaced or repaired?
7 signs to determine if your garbage disposal needs to be replaced or repaired.
1. Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On
If you flip the switch to your garbage disposal next to your sink and nothing happens, then you have a garbage disposal problem. It could be related to your circuit breaker or the interior garbage disposal blade is jammed.
2. Have you Pressed the Reset Button on your Garbage Disposal or must press the Reset Button every time you use your Garbage Disposal?
Insufficient electrical wiring to your garbage disposal will result in you having to press the reset button to your GFI outlet or flip the breaker every time you use your garbage disposal.
3. Your Garbage Disposal Stinks or has a Bad Odor
If your garbage disposal smells and has a bad odor, it’s very likely your garbage disposal isn’t working properly. Your garbage disposal should remove all food debris when operating. If your garbage disposal has an electrical burning smell, it’s time for your garbage disposal to be replaced.
4. Your Disposal Takes Time to Break Down Food
Your garbage disposal should break down food waste in a matter of a few seconds. If it is taking longer for your garbage disposal to break down food waste, then you will either need new blades installed or have your garbage disposal replaced.
5. Your Disposal Clogs or Jams No Matter the Size of Food
A garbage disposal has the power to break down virtually any kind of food waste. If your garbage disposal is not breaking down food waste, then you will either need new garbage disposal blades installed or your garbage disposal replaced.
6. Your Garbage Disposal Makes a Loud Metal-on-Metal Noise
A garbage disposal is made of many parts. A sign your garbage disposal needs to be repaired or replaced is when it makes a sound like metal on metal. This could you’re your garbage disposal motor could burn out or the parts could wear and cause significant damage.
7. You See Water Leaking from the Garbage Disposal
If you see water leaking from the connector of the garbage disposal to the drain, it could be an easy fix. However, if you see water leaking from the garbage disposal due to a crack or broken piece, it’s time to get a new garbage disposal.
Replacing a failed garbage disposer is a daunting task. You need to understand both plumbing and electrical and we all know those two things don’t mix very well! And then you need to make sure it was installed and operating correctly.
Shopping For Garbage Disposals
The first thing to do is shop for a reputable garbage disposal. They can range in price from $45 to $350.
Most of the time, when we replace a garbage disposal, we recommend going with one that has good horsepower, great warranty, and is quite! This is the garbage disposal we believe to be the best for it’s price.
5 Step Garbage Disposal Installation Process
STEP 1: Check for any debris in your garbage disposal. Sometimes debris can lock up the garbage disposal blade from moving.
STEP 2: Check the circuit breaker or fuse connected to your garbage disposal. Sometimes we will press the reset button on a nearby GFI outlet, or we may have to go to your circuit breaker box and flip a larger switch there.
STEP 3: Remove the old garbage disposal requires several steps:
We first shut off the electricity to the garbage disposal at the service panel. Then we remove the cover from the base of the garbage disposal, loosen the ground screw and remove both wire connectors.
Then we loosen the hose clamp on the dishwasher discharge hose and remove the hose from its fitting.
Garbage disposals fasten to the sink drain. There are multiple techniques we may have to use when detaching the garbage disposal from the sink.
STEP 4: Installing the garbage disposal must be done in several steps.
First, we use plumbers putty at the drain of the sink to create a firm seal between the garbage disposal and the sink drain.
Then we attach the garbage disposal using the parts that came with it. The actual garbage disposal doesn’t get physically attached until a few other parts are installed. Often it requires using bolts or fasteners by mounting the flange and retaining ring.
We tighten the bolts until most of the putty squeezes out and the drain feels snug in the sink.
We double check and make sure all the electrical wiring is attached to the garage disposal. This means we must connect the electrical wires to the garbage disposal.
Garbage disposals come with a dishwasher discharge nipple in place, but needs to be unplugged if you intend to use the dishwasher
The garbage disposal is lifted to the sink drain and attached to the tabs of the mounting ring.
The garbage disposals drain outlet must fit the rubber washer over the flanged end of the plastic crosspiece, then slide the metal flange on from the other end.
STEP 5: We turn on the electrical circuit panel to engage the electricity to the garbage disposal. This allows to test the garbage disposal to ensure it is working properly.