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Troubleshooting Four of the Most Common Garbage Disposal Issues

Troubleshooting Four of the Most Common Garbage Disposal Issues

If you are having issues with your garbage disposal, you can always call Econo West to get help. However, if you would like to troubleshoot the issue first, here are some ways to do so regarding some of the most common garbage disposal issues.

  1. Your Garbage Disposal Will Not Turn On
  2. If you turn on the switch for your garbage disposal and nothing happens, try finding the reset button. It should be on the unit itself. Press that button to see if it fixes the issue. If it does not, then check to see if the cord is plugged in. Finally, check to see if your circuit breaker has been tripped. It is generally the same one that your dishwasher uses. If none of this works, call your local plumber.

  3. Your Garbage Disposal Hums or is Clogged
  4. Generally speaking, a garbage disposal will hum when it is either jammed or clogged. If this happens, turn off the garbage disposal and then unplug it. Look into the disposal to see if you can find a bone, fruit bit, or other debris that is jamming the disposal. If you find something, try to get it out. If you cannot get it out, or you cannot find anything stuck, contact Econo West for help.

  5. Your Garbage Disposal Grinds Poorly
  6. If you run your garbage disposal and it does not seem to grind up food items well, make sure that you’re putting things in there that should go in there. For example, many people believe that eggshells are perfectly fine but they should actually not be put into a garbage disposal. The second tip is to make sure that you are running enough water. If those issues don’t help, then it is likely you have a broken blade. It is often more cost-effective to replace than repair this issue.

  7. Your Garbage Disposal Leaks
  8. If you notice that there is unexplained water under your sink, look to see where it is coming from. If it seems to be coming from a pipe connection, try tightening it with a wrench. If it is the garbage disposal that is leaking, try replacing the drain gasket and mounting screws. Then contact the plumber. Remember that leaking water is an essential issue to take care of right away or you run the risk of sustaining property damage.

If it comes time to contact your local plumber for help, we hope you will call Econo West at 661-947-2653. We are happy to use our years of experience to provide the best possible service.

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