The garbage disposal is a convenient piece of kitchen equipment. However, it can also be a major source of stress if it stops working correctly. Our clogged sewer line repair specialists share their insights on troubleshooting a problematic garbage disposal.
Check the Power
There are many cases in which the garbage disposal doesn’t work simply because it wasn’t plugged in properly. Check the wiring and see if the plug is firmly connected to the socket. You may have to pull out and re-insert the plug just to be sure. If the disposal still doesn’t work, unplug the unit and continue troubleshooting.
Check the Circuit Breakers
Garbage disposal units are protected by a circuit breaker to prevent problems related to overloading. You can check this by pressing the reset button on the outlet. If the circuit breaker ends up being the issue, you just saved yourself a bundle in repair fees and still have enough to cover water heater repair costs.
Check for Mechanical Problems
If you hear the unit activating but there’s no visible movement in the grinding chamber, there might be a mechanical problem. Unplug the device and use a wrench to loosen the flywheel (this is where tough debris often gets stuck). Plug the unit back in and see if that fixes the issue.
Call the Pros
If you don’t have the appropriate tools to troubleshoot the issue (or if you don’t want to risk causing further damage), you can always get help from a professional. Along with having them take a look at the garbage disposal, this would also be a good opportunity to check into water heater replacement costs if you’re having issues with that as well.
Let us help you fix your garbage disposal. Oak Plumbing is the leading plumbing services company in Benicia, CA. You can call us at (707) 200-7594 or fill out this contact form to request a free estimate.