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If you’re experiencing issues with your garbage disposal, here are some steps you can take to fix common problems:
1. Safety First
Before performing any repairs or troubleshooting, ensure that the garbage disposal is powered off. Locate the electrical circuit for the disposal in your home’s electrical panel and switch it off.
2. Reset the Disposal
Many garbage disposals have a reset button located on the bottom or side of the unit. Pressing this button can help reset the motor and resolve minor issues. Press the reset button firmly and hold it for a few seconds.
3. Check for Power
Confirm that the disposal is receiving power. Check if the circuit breaker or fuse associated with the disposal has tripped or blown. If so, reset the breaker or replace the fuse.
4. Clear Any Clogs
Clogs can cause the disposal to malfunction. To clear a clog, first, ensure that the disposal is turned off. Using a flashlight, check inside the disposal for any visible obstructions such as food particles, utensils, or debris. Use tongs or pliers to carefully remove any visible blockages. Avoid putting your hand inside the disposal.
5. Use the Allen Wrench
Many garbage disposals come with an Allen wrench that fits into a hole on the bottom of the unit. Insert the wrench into the hole and turn it back and forth to manually rotate the disposal’s grinding plates. This can help dislodge any stuck items or free up a jammed impeller.
6. Unclog the Discharge Pipe
If the disposal is still not functioning properly, there may be a clog in the discharge pipe. Disconnect the discharge pipe from the disposal and clear any debris or clogs. Run water through the pipe to ensure it is clear.
7. Sharpen the Blades (If Applicable)
Some garbage disposals have blades that can become dull over time, leading to reduced performance. If your disposal has removable blades, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to remove and sharpen them using a blade sharpening tool or replace them if necessary.
8. Test the Disposal
Once you have completed the necessary steps, restore power to the disposal and test it. Turn on the water and run it through the disposal. Gradually feed small amounts of food waste into the disposal to check if it is operating properly. Listen for any unusual noises or vibrations, which may indicate further issues.
If you have followed these steps and the garbage disposal is still not working correctly, or if you’re uncomfortable with performing the repairs yourself, it’s advisable to contact a professional plumber or a qualified appliance repair technician. They have the expertise to diagnose and fix more complex problems and ensure the safe operation of your garbage disposal.
Contact Home Choice Plumbing at 561-531-2366 for professional assistance with your garbage disposal or any other plumbing issues.