Garbage Disposers

Garbage Disposer Replacement

It’s a small appliance that makes a big difference. Ever since it was invented in 1927, kitchen cooks everywhere have sung its praises. But, sometimes, this little workhorse of an appliance can require a little help. If you have garbage disposal issues, we can help. When a disposal won’t run, it’s usually caused by one of two things-something getting lodged and stopping the blades, or the motor simply wearing out. If it’s the motor, you’re going to need a new disposer. Our skilled plumbers can replace your old disposer quickly and easily. You may even find that you like your new disposer even better because many of the newer models are quieter.

Garbage Disposer Troubleshooting Tips

If your disposer makes no noise at all when you flip the switch, your motor is probably dead. But if it sounds like it’s trying to run, but just can’t, you may just have something stuck in it. Here are few troubleshooting tips to try before calling us.

  • Turn off the power.
  • Use an allen wrench in the center underneath the unit to turn the rotor.
  • Give it a few manual turns.
  • Remove the wrench and try the motor again.
  • Most units have reset button on the bottom of the unit. Press it.
  • Try the switch again to see if it will run.
  • If none of these methods helps, call Cincy Plumbing.
  • NEVER put your hand down in the disposer.

Garbage Disposer Guidelines

A garbage disposer is great for handling lots of kitchen waste. But there are a few items that will cause problems. Never put these items down the disposer:

  • Rice or Pasta- because the items swell when exposed to water, they can gather in the trap and block it.
  • Animal Bones or Fruit Pits-these items are just too hard for the disposer to break down. Animal bones are the most common thing that jams disposer.
  • Grease- grease will solidify and clog the drain.
  • Egg Shells-contrary to popular belief, egg shells do not sharpen disposal blades. They just end up causing a clog.
  • Stringy Vegetable Peels-asparagus, lettuce, celery, banana skins and potato peels are all no nos. The fibers can get wrapped around the blades and cause the motor to bind.