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3 Common Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the unsung heroes of your household, efficiently getting rid of spare bits of food and similar organic detritus. We don’t usually think about it until it suffers from problems, but unfortunately, those problems need to be dealt with quickly or else it will clog up your entire sink. In towns like Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs can be handled by most reputable plumbing companies. Here are 3 common problems experienced by a garbage disposal. If you spot them, you should call in a professional to get them addressed quickly and promptly.

3 Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

  • No power. Garbage disposals require electrical power to run, and when that power gets interrupted, it won’t function. The disposal may also become overloaded by a power surge or similar issue, which will shut it off before it burns out. Most disposals have a red reset button on the bottom. Press it and see if that fixes the issue. If it doesn’t, the problem requires a trained plumber’s attention.
  • A jam. Certain items should never be placed in a garbage disposal, including chicken bones, peach pits, fibrous vegetable peelings from carrots and potatoes, and metal utensils. They can clog the mechanism and result in a jam. Never try to unclog a jam yourself: you can severely injure your fingers. A trained plumber can adjust the masher plate and safely unjam the mechanism before restoring power.
  • Leaks. Garbage disposals can sometimes spring leaks from breached hoses, loose fittings and faulty seals. A plumber can clear them up in much the same way he or she repairs leaky faucets: by replacing the faulty components and ensuring that the new seal is tight.

If you spot these or other common problems experienced by a garbage disposal, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber right away. Here in Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs shouldn’t be left to amateurs. Otherwise, you may damage the mechanism and require the wholesale replacement of the disposal.

We have the skills and experience to do the job right and restore your disposal without causing any further damage. Contact us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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