Garbage Disposal Repair and Cleaning Tips

by admin on March 28, 2013 · 0 comments

Do you have a garbage disposal that is starting to smell? Does your garbage disposal have problems grinding up food? An older garbage disposal will need to be replaced. There are some simple things you can do each week or month to extend the lifespan of your garbage disposal.

Do Not Over-Use a Garbage Disposal

In many cases, a garbage disposal will stop working because it is used too frequently. Instead of grinding up potato peals, carrot peals, and other food items, toss them in the trash. Better yet, start a compost pile in your backyard and place the food scraps in the compost pile. This is a great way to make sure you have fresh soil to grow your vegetables.

Check the Wire

Under your sink, the garbage disposal will need an outlet to supply electricity to it. If your garbage disposal is not working, check the outlet. There is a good chance that the plug has been bumped and it is not getting the electrical energy it needs. Check your line to make sure it is not frayed and exposing open wires.

Clean the Flywheel

If the garbage disposal is not working, use a hex-head wrench to remove the flywheel. This is located under the sink and has three or four screws that will need to be turned to move the flywheel. Flush the wheel with water to remove excess debris. You can turn the flywheel manually to help push excess debris out of the disposal. Secure the bolts back in place and turn on the disposal to make sure it works.

Water Cleaning

Many people use ice cubes and lemon to clean out the disposal. While this can work, another way to clean a disposal is by using baking soda and vinegar. Pour cup of baking soda into the disposal. Follow this with 1 cup of vinegar. It will cause bubbling, which eats away at soap scum, food particles, and bacteria inside the disposal. Allow the mixture to work for 30 minutes before flushing the lines with hot water.

Replacing a Garbage Disposal

If you dismantle your disposal, you may find that it needs a new motor. The new motors can sometimes cost as much as new garbage disposal. Consider replacing the entire system to make sure it works well. You will need a drain auger and other tools to replace the garbage disposal. You can use this page to find DeWalt parts to replace broken tools. Hiring a professional to install a new disposal can cost $300 or more. Buying a new disposal can cost significantly less than paying a professional to install it. Check for leaks after installing it as a small drip can cause serious water damage and mold growth.

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