Garbage Disposal Problems and Solutions

Did you know that a garbage disposal is good for the environment, reduces kitchen odors, and saves time? They are placed under the sink and are an easy way to dispose of leftover food scraps. 

While garbage disposals are excellent appliances, they are not invincible. For example, garbage disposals can make strange noises, not turn on, drain, and leak.

So what happens, and what do you do when your unit fails to operate correctly? 

Below we list four common garbage disposal problems and how to fix them. 

Humming Sound

A humming sound coming from the appliance is one of the most common problems. When the sound occurs, most often, the system will not process food due to a jam. Jams happen when you put the wrong types of food down the disposal.

Start by looking at the owner’s manual that came with your appliance to fix a jam. Most of the time, the jam is in the inner flywheel. With the help of the owner’s manual, a wrench can be used to fix the jam.

Once you clear the jam, use the garbage disposal reset button to reset the appliance. Once you reset it, the system should work as usual.

Not Turning On

Is your garbage disposal not turning on? If so, it could be a simple fix or a significant problem. Sometimes, when the garbage disposal runs hard, it turns off to save the motor from overheating. 

When this happens, wait a few minutes and then reset the garbage disposal. If that doesn’t work, you may need to contact a plumbing professional to take a look and investigate further as to why the system is not turning on. 

Not Draining 

If your garbage disposal is draining slowly or not at all, it could be a sign of a clog in the pipe or disposal unit. 

There are two common ways to fix this problem.

The first is to turn off the unit and disconnect the lines connecting the disposal to the dishwasher and sewer. Next, clean out the pipes to remove any buildup. 

The other solution to solve this problem is to unclog the disposal naturally. For example, you can try to use hot water, a combination of vinegar and baking soda, or a dishwasher tablet. 

Leaking From The Bottom

If you notice that your unit is leaking, it should be fixed quickly. If not, the water can damage your floors and cabinets and cause issues with mold and mildew.

The first step to fixing a leak is to determine where the leak is coming from. Check the plumbing hoses, outer case of the disposal, and drainage pipe.

If the leak is small, you may be able to fix it yourself. For large leaks, contact a professional for help. 

Have We Solved Your Garbage Disposal Problems?

Garbage disposals are useful appliances that reduce kitchen odors, save you time, and reduce food waste. However, if your unit is humming, not turning on, not draining, or leaking, these issues will need to be addressed.

Are you still wondering how to solve garbage disposal problems? If so, check out our plumbing services and contact us for help fixing your disposal system. We will respond quickly and will be eager to help you.