Garbage Disposal Repair Service in Houston, TX
Is your garbage disposal not working? This can be a very frustrating issue because garbage disposals are usually very reliable appliances. They are low maintenance and rarely required repairs.
Unfortunately, a broken garbage disposal can cause many serious problems such as clogged sinks, foul odors, and leaks. In this article, let’s go over a few things you can do when encountering garbage disposal problems and whether you should replace your unit altogether.
Table of contents:
- When To Repair Your Garbage Disposal Unit
- When to Replace Your Garbage Disposal Unit
- Garbage Disposal Installation Service
When To Repair Your Garbage Disposal Unit
Unit Is Not Turning On
A garbage disposal that’s not turning on can be the source of many headaches. Many times, it could be a sign of serious damage to your unit. Other times, it could just be as simple as re-inserting a loose power cord.
First, NEVER put your hand inside the garbage disposal when the power is on. Always disconnect the unit first before attempting to fix it. The unit could start spinning at any moment and cause serious injury. If your garbage disposal is hardwired, contact a licensed technician to have it looked at.
Sometimes, there could be a loose connection between your unit and the outlet. Simply firmly re-insert the power cord into the outlet.
If your garbage disposal is still not turning on, find a red switch that’s usually located at the bottom of the unit. Press the button if it has popped outward to reset the unit.
If that doesn’t work, locate and open the main circuit breaker to see if it has tripped. Firmly switch the breaker to the “off” position and then switch the breaker back to the “on” position.
If all the above methods failed, contact The Repipe Company for a service appointment.
Jammed Garbage Disposal Unit
If your garbage disposal is humming but not spinning, an object could have jammed it. Locate a hole at the bottom of the unit and stick an Allen wrench in to turn it back and forth. This will free up any objects or debris that are blocking the blades. Some brands such as InSinkErator comes with a wrench for this purpose.
If your unit doesn’t have a hole at the bottom, use a long stick such as a broom handle to turn the blade from the top. Alternatively, you can buy a third-party unjamming wrench, which is a T-shaped wrench to help you spin the blade easier.
Be careful not to turn the entire unit, which could loosen the seal rings and cause water to leak.
Again, NEVER put your hand down the sink, the garbage disposal could spin at any second and cause injury to your arm.
If your garbage disposal is still jammed, it’s likely that an object was stuck in a way that can’t be unjammed by a wrench. In such case, contact a licensed plumber to safely remove and replace the unit.
Garbage Disposal Unit Drains Slowly
A sink that drains slowly will prevent dirty water from going down properly and create foul odors, which cause major disruptions to your daily cleaning routine. This can be caused by several factors including your garbage disposal and/or drainpipes.
When a garbage disposal is unable to grind up certain types of waste, it can build up, causing a clog within the unit. Waste can also build up in the P-trap, which is a U-shape drainpipe that’s connected to the garbage disposal. In such cases, it is actually the drainpipe that is causing the clog, not your garbage disposal. Contact our licensed plumbers to remove and clean up the P-trap.
To prevent sink clogs, avoid putting the following items down the drain:
- Pasta, rice
- Fibrous foods
- Fruit peels
- Hard items such as seafood shells and nuts
When to Replace Your Garbage Disposal Unit
Leaking Garbage Disposal Unit
A leak usually indicates a more serious problem with either the garbage disposal or the drainpipe. The fixes will vary depending on the location of the leak. It is recommended to contact a plumber as soon as possible to prevent water from seeping through the furniture and restore the functionality of the unit.
- If water is leaking from the drainpipe, a connection likely needs to be tightened.
- If water is leaking at the top of your garbage disposal, the sink flange seal could be loose or broken. You will need a new unit.
- If water is leaking at the bottom of your garbage disposal, a sharp object could have damaged the plastic body or the internal seals of the unit. Your garbage disposal will need to be replaced.
Old And Failing Garbage Disposal
In some cases, a garbage disposal is simply too old and has developed severe rusts and cracks within. Trying to unjam the unit by spinning the blades could loosen the entire unit cause a leak.
Garbage Disposal Installation Service
Let us tackle your garbage disposal problems so that you don’t have to. Whether it is a jammed or clogged disposal, we make the repairs or replacement efficient and cost-effective.
What Is Included In The Service?
- Inspection of your sink and garbage disposal for damages and leaks
- Repair the garbage disposal and/or drainpipe if deemed suitable
- Remove and install a new garbage disposal if the unit is beyond repair
- Disposal of the old unit
How Long Does A New Garbage Disposal Last?
You can expect a new garbage disposal to last about 8 to 10 years. This depends on each individual models and your usage. Here are some tips to maximize your unit’s lifespan.
Tips For Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal
Run Garbage Disposal Even When You Don’t Need It
Run your unit every so often with water even when there’s no waste to grind. A garbage disposal that has been idling for too long can develop rusts and become jammed.
Avoid Cleaning Your Unit With Commercial Drain Cleaner
Harsh chemicals do clean your sink to some extent. However, it will also weaken the pipe, which could cause a leak in the long term. Instead, clean your garbage disposal regularly with vinegar and baking soda. If your garbage disposal is causing smells, use cut-up lemon wedges along with warm water to neutralize the odors.
Never Put These Items Down Your Garbage Disposals
Despite its name, a garbage disposal cannot handle all types of garbage. Putting the wrong types of waste in your unit could cause your sink to clog and leak. Never put the following items down your garbage disposals:
- Coffee grounds
- Banana/ potato peels
- Bones/ plastic pieces
- Seafood shells
Other Plumbing Services for the Houston Area
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