Common Problems with Sink Garbage Disposals
If you're lucky enough to have a garbage disposal, you may not realize how often you use it and how convenient it really is until it's no longer working. It's a luxury that has become a necessity simply by being so indispensible. When it's not working properly, your sink could become clogged, you may notice a bad smell, and your post-meal cleanup can take a lot longer than usual.
Even if you're familiar with the basic function of a garbage disposal, a problem with your disposal might still be difficult to diagnose and solve. The issue can be anything from jamming or leaking, overheating or simply a blade that doesn't spin from lack of power. The plumbing experts at Van Natta Mechanical can help get your garbage disposal working again as quickly as possible so you can go back to the convenience of having it available for everyday use.
Leaking Garbage Disposal
One problem that is fairly simple to fix is a leaking garbage disposal. Although it can be a major issue in terms of smell and mess if not dealt with in a timely manner, a leaky disposal can be dealt with pretty easily. First, turn off the garbage disposal and disconnect it from the power. This should be the first step when working on your unit. Next, take a look underneath the sink with a flashlight and determine if any of the pipes running to the dishwasher are leaking. If so, they might need to be replaced or repaired using putty. If the leak is coming from the garbage disposal itself, make sure that all the bolts are tight. If leaking continues, there may be a crack in the housing of the unit which might require replacement.
Jammed Garbage Disposal
If you flip the switch on your garbage disposal or twist the lid to turn it on and hear a hum but the blade does not spin, it may be jammed. If there is no sound coming from the disposal, there is probably no power going to the device, which will be covered in the next section. As always, turn off the disposal and disconnect the power before you start working on the unit. The first thing you should try is to insert an offset wrench into the bottom of the unit and attempt to turn it clockwise then counterclockwise to try to dislodge any food that might be stuck. If you're able to turn the wrench, you have taken care of the disposal jam. If it won't move, you can insert something thick and wooden down the dispenser in an attempt to free up the impellers. Never use your hand for this. Once the jam has been fixed, turn the power back on and press the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. You can then run the disposal to remove the offending piece of food.
Garbage Disposal Power Issues
If your disposal is making no noise at all when you attempt to turn it on, there is probably an issue with the power connection. Try checking the plug or pressing the reset button on the bottom of the unit before anything else. It may be a simple fix that can get you on your way again. If neither of these is the solution, check the circuit breaker and try resetting it. A disposal that overheated could trip the circuit breaker. If the garbage disposal still does not work after this, you may need to have the garbage disposal or switch replaced. Luckily, Van Natta Mechanical are also experts in electrical work and can help you in this area as well.
If your garbage disposal problem has not been solved by doing any of the above, or you feel uncomfortable and would rather trust the professionals, give the plumbing experts at Van Natta Mechanical a call today. We have over 60 years of experience fixing plumbing problems for homeowners of Bergen, Rockland, and Passaic counties. If the issue turns out to be electrical, Van Natta's electrical experts also have decades of experience in solving electrical problems. We can fix some of the more complicated issues that may arise with a garbage disposal whether they be plumbing or electrical issues. If it turns out you need a brand new garbage disposal, we can install it for you and get it working as quickly as possible. Contact Van Natta Mechanical today or give us a call at 201-391-3700 to learn more.