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Garbage Disposal Troubles

A garbage disposal device is one of the hardest-working appliances in the household. After all, it supports the most commonly used item in the house: the kitchen sink. It works in a simple manner: the motor system is equipped with rotating blades for grinding food particles and other waste that goes through the drain.

The motorized grinding machine, however, can get clogged over time. Thus, it is important that it is functioning well at all times. Having said that, here are some useful tips to keep in mind when it comes to garbage repair maintenance.

When Your Garbage Disposal Needs Repair

Over time, your garbage disposal device will suffer from the effects of wear and tear. Various kinds of problems may happen, some of which are easy to fix, but some may require training and advanced skills.

To avoid making the problem worse, do not attempt to repair the equipment if you think you are not capable of doing so. This is best left to the hands of experienced professionals like Spartan Plumbing. Having said that, here are some of the more common problems your garbage disposal may pose:


If you switch the garbage disposal on and it doesn’t start to hum, it is possible that it has overheated. Because of overfilling, the device could have tripped off on its own. The first thing you should do is check for the reset (usually red) button under the unit.

If nothing happens after you press the button, find the circuit box. Check if there is a tripped breaker. This is a simple problem you can do on your own. Calling a professional for this job will only make you spend money unnecessarily.


If your unit is humming, but it’s still not working, then the culprit may be a jam. The impellers may be stuck. For your safety, do not place your hand in the grinding chamber down into the drain to check for jams. Like everyone else, your first instinct may be to fix the problem right away by trying to reach for the stuck item and dislodging it by hand. Thus, it is important to stay calm and control your actions.

First, turn the circuit breakers to your garbage disposal off. Remove the bottom part of the housing to dislodge the jammed item from the bottom. This is an easy fix, but if you have no idea how to do it, then you better give a professional a call. It is better to spend a little money for a simple repair job than risk incurring more expensive repairs in the future.

How to Avoid Costly Garbage Disposal Repair


  • Don’t grind bones, eggshells, fibrous foods, coffee grounds, metal, and rubber in the garbage disposal unit.
  • Don’t overfill it.
  • Don’t use chemical drain cleaners for unclogging. These chemicals don’t work. You’ll only be filling your sink with toxic liquids.



  • Run cold water when using the garbage disposal.
  • Have a drain strainer to prevent blockage.
  • If some items are stuck in the device for a long time, and your sink starts to stink, grind small lemon peels with ice cubes as you run lukewarm water. This will make the smell better.

If the problem you are experiencing is neither overheating nor jamming, then it could be a more serious problem that may require replacing the unit with a new one. In this case, check the manufacturer’s warranty, and see if your unit is still covered.

While a garbage disposal unit may cost only a few hundred bucks, you also need to worry about installation. If you do not have previous experience with garbage disposal installation, it may be best for you to hire a plumbing professional for this job. Call Spartan Plumbing to schedule an appointment now.