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Troubleshooting Your Garbage Disposal: A Handy Guide from A to Z Plumbing

A garbage disposal is a handy kitchen appliance that simplifies the task of dealing with food waste. However, like any appliance, it can occasionally run into problems. Knowing how to troubleshoot common garbage disposal issues can save you time, frustration, and potentially a call to the plumber. In this blog post, A to Z Plumbing will guide you through some common garbage disposal problems and how to fix them.

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1. Garbage Disposal Won't Turn On:

If your garbage disposal won't turn on, the first thing to check is the power supply. Make sure the disposal is plugged in and the circuit breaker hasn't tripped. If the power supply is fine, try pressing the reset button located on the bottom of the unit. If it still doesn't work, it may be time to call a professional as the problem could be a faulty motor or electrical issue.

2. Garbage Disposal is Jammed:

If your garbage disposal hums but doesn't grind, it's likely jammed. Turn off the disposal and unplug it. Use a flashlight to look into the drain and see if you can spot the obstruction. If you can see the item causing the jam, use pliers or tongs (never your hands) to remove it. Once the item is removed, plug the disposal back in, press the reset button, and try running it again.

3. Garbage Disposal Drains Slowly:

If your garbage disposal is draining slowly, there may be a clog in the drain. Try running the disposal to see if it clears the clog. If not, you'll need to manually unclog the drain. Turn off and unplug the disposal, then use a plunger to try to dislodge the clog. If the clog persists, it may be located further down the drain line and require professional assistance.

4. Garbage Disposal is Leaking:

If your garbage disposal is leaking, the location of the leak will determine the best course of action. If the leak is coming from the top, the sink flange may need to be resealed or replaced. If the leak is from the side, the drain pipe connections may need to be tightened or replaced. If the leak is from the bottom, the disposal unit itself may be cracked and need replacement.

While these troubleshooting tips can help with minor garbage disposal issues, some problems may require professional help. If you're unable to fix the issue or if the disposal is old and frequently causing problems, it may be time to consider a replacement. At A to Z Plumbing, we're here to help with all your garbage disposal needs, from troubleshooting and repairs to new installations. Contact us today for expert advice and reliable service.


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