Tips for fixing your garbage disposal

Tips for fixing your garbage disposal

Possibly one of the scariest appliances in your home is the garbage disposal, especially when it comes to cleaning it or it stops working. Roto-Rooter wants you to know how in a few simple steps, you can clean or fix your garbage disposal without losing a finger or a hand.

Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Foul odors can occur from a buildup of food debris within the disposer. Try these steps to eliminate odors:

  • Grind ice cubes and orange or lemon rinds in the disposer for about 30 seconds.
  • While the disposal is still running, pour a small amount of liquid dish detergent into it.
  • Rinse any remaining debris away by running cold water for about 30 seconds.

Garbage Disposal Stops Working

Your disposal has an overload protector that senses if the motor is overheating and shuts off the unit. If your disposer cuts off during operation, it may be this broken electrical connection.

  • Turn the disposal switch off.
  • Do not put hands or objects down drain.
  • Make sure the appliance is plugged in securely at the outlet.
  • With power switch turned off, press reset switch on front or bottom of the garbage disposer.
  • Restart disposal by turning on power switch.
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