Many people do not understand the first thing about how garbage disposals work. As a result, they assume that when it starts leaking there is nothing that can be done. This is false. Keep reading to learn more about potential garbage disposal repairs and how they can help save your unit. If you have questions, or need repairs, contact Econo West to get started.
It May Be Worth it to Replace Your Garbage Disposal
Depending on the facts of your garbage disposal, it may be that replacing it is the better option. Consider t6hat the International Association of Certified Home Inspections says that the average garbage disposal has a lifespan of about 12 years. If your unit is that old – or getting close to it – and is having problems then it may be worth replacing it rather than paying to repair something that only has so many years left in it anyway.
It may also make sense to replace the unit if there are electrical issues. For example, if you are constantly pressing the red reset button to get the unit to work, this could be a sign that the motor is wearing out. If that’s the case, it is less costly to replace the unit rather than repairing it. The good news is that leaks are much less serious and generally can be repaired affordably.
There Are Many Garbage Disposal Issues That Can Be Repaired
On the other hand, not all garbage disposal issues require immediate replacement. You can also consider having it fixed if the repair costs less than replacement and your unit is new enough that it makes sense to repair it.
One of the most common issues that can be easily repaired is an issue with the sink flange. This is the area in which the garbage disposal is connected to your sink. There is a seal that holds the connection in place and over time it can erode. It may be that your inner seals have worn out and that your disposal is leaking from the bottom as a result.
Finally, it may be that you have a drain line issue. This is likely the case if the leaking of your garbage disposal is coming from the sides.
We Do Not Recommend Attempting Repairs on Your Own
You may wonder: Isn’t it worth it to complete repairs on our own and get them fixed quickly and affordably? The answer is generally no. You may save money in the short term but if the problem is not solved, you could end up with additional costly issues like water damage. If you have an issue with your garbage disposal leaking then you should contact your local plumbing expert now: Econo West at 661-947-2653.