Fixing Garbage Disposals - plumber's tricks of the trade

Fixing Garbage Disposals - plumber's tricks of the trade

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 a sprinkle of baking soda in the disposer for about 30 seconds.
  • While the disposal is still running, pour a small amount of liquid dish detergent into it with some hot water
  • 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 automatically shuts it off. 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.
  • If it continues to buzz and trips the breaker again, something is jammed in the mechanism.
  • With the power turned off, get a disposal “key” or the appropriate size Allen wrench and stick the end in the hole at the bottom of the disposal then twist back and forth to clear the jam.
  • Turn on power and test. If the problem continues, it’s time to call Roto-Rooter

For more tips around the kitchen, visit Roto-Rooter on the web.

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