How can you know if you need garbage disposal repair? You likely use your kitchen garbage disposal regularly. When the receptacle works, your kitchen operates like a well-oiled machine. However, when it’s not running right, preparing meals and cleaning up afterward can feel like a hassle.
Where are you supposed to put all the food scraps without making your kitchen smell like a trash can? A garbage disposal is a convenient kitchen appliance that helps you get the mess and food odors out of your kitchen quickly. The last thing you want is for it to quit working altogether. Keep reading for the five signs indicating you need expert repair services sooner than later.
#1: Messy Leaks
First of all, if you notice water leaking from the garbage disposal under the sink area, there may be a loose seal or a more severe issue. In addition, other possible causes of leaks include loose rings around the drain hole, faulty plumber’s putty, or a hole in the disposal case. As a garbage disposal ages, the case can experience cracks or holes that cause leaks.
Similarly, a poor connection at the discharge drain pipe can allow water to leak out. An experienced plumber can help you know for sure and will perform the expert repair you need.
#2: Congested or Slow Drain
A slow-running drain may be the result of a clogged or congested disposal drain line. There may be a blockage of food or something that shouldn’t have gone down the receptacle that is preventing water and new items from flushing down the drain correctly. If flushing the drain with baking soda, vinegar, and water is unsuccessful, you will need the repair services of a pro to clear obstructions.
#3: Clogged or Jammed
The disposal components can experience a jam or clog that keeps the device from working. If you hear a humming sound when you turn it on, there’s a high likelihood you have a jam. Each unit is different, which is why it’s best to schedule repair services with a team that has experience with a wide range of models and types of disposals. The pros will know what to do to prevent motor burn-out and unjam or unclog the disposal.
#4: Rotten Smells
Notice foul odors coming from your garbage disposal? These odors are a sign that the device may not be properly chopping and grinding up the food to pass through the drain. With age and continuous use, disposal blades can become dull and ineffective. The food then stays in the chamber and decomposes, which creates the spoiled, rotten smell.
#5: Not Making Any Noise
Finally, when you turn on the disposal, and it doesn’t make a sound, it’s obvious you have a problem. Check to make sure the device is plugged in first. Then, hit the reset button to see if that solves the problem, or you can check to see if the circuit breaker tripped at your home’s electrical panel. If none of these steps provides the solution, contact a professional who can determine if you have a damaged switch, or they may need to install a new garbage disposal.
Schedule Expert Repair Services for Your Garbage Disposal
So, are you ready to get to the bottom of whatever is keeping your disposal from working correctly? Reach out the team at Progressive Plumbing—North Atlanta’s trusted plumbing pros. Connect with us online now to schedule garbage disposal repair.