Minor fixes for Garbage Disposals

Minor fixes for Garbage Disposals

Possibly one of the scariest appliances in your home is the garbage disposer, 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 disposer without losing a finger or a hand.

Cleaning Your Garbage Disposer

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

  • Grind ice cubes and orange or lemon pulp (not the peels) in the disposer for about 30 seconds.
  • While the disposer 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 Disposer Stops Working

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

  • Turn the disposer 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 this does not work, your disposal may have a key that you can stick into the hole at the bottom that allows you to turn back and forth to loosen anything jammed inside. If you don’t have a key, use the appropriate size hex wrench to achieve the same goal.

Eventually your old garbage disposal will simply wear out and you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Advanced DIYers can do it themselves but it can be an all day job for the inexperienced. When it’s time to replace your garbage disposal, call Roto-Rooter. Or buy one yourself at the local home store and hire Roto-Rooter to install it for you.

For more tips around the kitchen, visit RotoRooter.com.



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