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#1783 new bug

Common Solutions for Garbage Disposal Repair

Reported by: Eliana Owned by: srkline
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Description

Understanding how to complete a garbage disposal repair will help you keep your kitchen clean for a long time. Here are some tips to get you started.

No Power

If you turn on the unit, and you do not hear any noise, you can assume you have an electrical issue. First, ensure that the unit is plugged in under the sink. After ascertaining that you have power, find the reset button on the bottom of the device. Generally, this will be a red button. The button pops out when the unit needs resetting. ​https://garbagedisposalleaking.net/ Push the button in and try to use the appliance. If resetting does not resolve the problem, check your circuit breaker to see if it tripped. If so, reset it and try the disposal again.

Jams

Sometimes power continues to the disposal, but a jam prevents it from operating correctly. Problematic foods and other items include potato skins, corn husks, leaves, bones, and kitchen utensils. In this case, you will need to clear the jam. Before proceeding, determine the design of the unit. ​https://garbagedisposalleaking.net/ Some disposals have a socket hole in the bottom designed to enable the swift clearing of debris. If your unit has this hole, use a ΒΌ-inch Allen wrench to free the clog. Insert the wrench into the hole and turn it back and forth several times to clear it. Turn on the appliance to see if it works.

If your disposal does not have a socket hole, you will need to clear the jam manually. Turn the power off to the unit at the circuit breaker or at the fuse box. Never proceed with this work without turning power off to the source first because serious injuries could occur. Using tongs or pliers, insert the tool into the unit to extricate any debris that may be causing the problem. Continue until you think you have removed everything. Insert a broom handle from the top to move the plates side to side. Once they are moving again, turn the power back on, push the reset button, and try the appliance.

Leaks

Another common garbage disposal repair is fixing leaks in the system. Faulty drain connections are often a culprit. If you find a leak in the drain pipe, install a new rubber gasket. It is also possible that a leak could be occurring around the sink flange if it's not tight enough.

Clogs

It's possible that a clog could occur in the drain beyond the disposal. If this occurs, turn off the main power to the unit. Take apart the trap and insert a drain snake down into the drain to clear the clog. Assemble the trap once again and run water to see if you solved the problem.

With a little effort and time, you can probably perform much of your own garbage disposal repair.

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