Where would the civilized world be without garbage disposals? They are the household appliance of convenience and efficiency and do with food waste what cooks can’t do. When these appliances misfire, they can sometimes easily be fixed. Here are a few key thoughts on how to repair your garbage disposal, or when to call the […]

Where would the civilized world be without garbage disposals? They are the household appliance of convenience and efficiency and do with food waste what cooks can’t do. When these appliances misfire, they can sometimes easily be fixed. Here are a few key thoughts on how to repair your garbage disposal, or when to call the pros to do it for you. 

How to repair your garbage disposal if its jammed

It’s easy to get overzealous with your garbage disposal when you’re cooking a big meal. Shoving down remnants of food can quickly overwhelm the appliance if your efforts are too fast or too much at one time. Certain foods also tend to bog down disposals like egg shells, rice, and pasta. If you think your disposal is jammed, you can turn off the appliance and unplug it. There is an area where you can insert an Alan wrench that will rotate the blades and, with any luck, free the food causing the jam. 

What to do if your disposal does nothing at all

It’s very obvious when a garbage disposal is on, and not running at all since they tend to be machines that are easily heard. If your disposal isn’t making any sounds at all when you click the on switch, check around the appliance for a reset button. Holding this down for 30 seconds or so might be all that’s needed to give the machine a refresh. If it still doesn’t work, it might be time to call in a plumber for a professional opinion. 

Clearing a garbage disposal

There are certain foods that your garbage disposal will absolutely reject and that can easily cause your sink to back up. Just a few of those foods are eggshells, bones, foods high in starch, grease, and coffee grounds. If you already have a clog on your hands, unplug the machine and mix baking soda with vinegar. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it work its way through the clog while running the hottest water possible.  

Caring for your garbage disposal

With a little tender loving care your garbage disposal should remain in good working order for years to come. It’s good practice to add a cup of ice cubes and a lemon to the disposal a few times a year to sharpen and clean the blades. You should also clean the disposal once a month with a dedicated machine cleaner found in home hardware stores anywhere.

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