Garbage disposals put up with a lot of abuse in their daily work. As powerful as they are, they can eventually develop issues caused by wear and tear or improper use. Here are some of the common problems that a garburator can develop:
- The motor hums but doesn’t grind.
- Grinding noises are noticeably louder than usual.
- It starts to run but shuts off before you turn it off.
- There are leaks below the garburator.
- Water does not drain past the device.
- The unit does not turn on.
If your garburator has suddenly stopped working, check if the circuit breaker has tripped in your circuit panel. There may also be a separate circuit breaker on the disposal itself usually a red “reset” button. If resetting the circuit breaker works, you’re in the clear! However, if your garburator trips the breaker again, there’s likely a shortage in the wiring, and it’s time to call a professional.
Garburator Care Tips
If you treat it with care, your garburator will last longer and be less likely to break down. You can also prevent foul smells by routinely washing it. Here are some tips that will help keep your garbage disposal running:
- Never dispose of potato peels, eggshells, fish skins, large amounts of grease, or coffee grounds in your garburator.
- Regularly freshen your garburator by grinding lemon juice and ice cubes, or ice cubes and dish soap. You may have heard that grinding a lemon half can help too, but we recommend you avoid grinding citrus with the peel still on. While this will clean your disposal, it may also lead to clogs.
- Try treating your disposal on a monthly basis with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove buildup and harmful bacteria. Pour ½ cup of baking soda, followed by ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, down the drain with the disposal while it's turned off. Let it sit until the foaming stops. Rinse with water and drain.
If your garburator is beyond repair, Mr. Rooter also offers garburator installation.
Garburator Repair in Your Area
Whether your garburator shuts off on its own or makes an alarming grinding noise, you can count on Mr. Rooter for professional garburator repair and garburator installation. Garbage disposals can be complicated to repair. Trust the licensed experts at Mr. Rooter to repair your garburator and restore your kitchen to normal.
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