Do you have a broken garbage disposal? Now that the kids are back in school, you might find yourself with some spare time on your hands. Some people love to repair things on their own, which we always encourage, but there are some appliances that are best left to professionals. We have years of experience dealing with garbage disposals and other appliances in the home. Garbage disposals are tricky as they need to be installed under the sink, and connect to the bottom of your sink. If they aren’t installed correctly, they can end up causing problems with leaks under the sink, or they can short circuit and pop the breaker. Don’t let this happen to you! Call Vanderdoes Home Services Appliance Repair to handle your garbage disposal replacement.
TroubleShooting a Broken Garbage Disposal
Before you head to the store to buy a new garbage disposal, consider if your have a simple repair job. Sometimes the disposal isn’t working because it is clogged. It could stop working because the breaker popped. Here are three common troubleshooting tips to try before you replace a garbage disposal:
- Check the disposal for a jam. Always shut off the power before you look for a jam. Sometimes it is something large that is stuck on the side of the disposal. A piece of glass can easily cause the disposal to stop working, Remove the rubber baffle inside the drain and lift it out. Use needle-nose pliers to pull the glass out of the disposal.
- Spin the motor manually with a hex wrench. Some disposals need to be rotated manually to dislodge the stuck item and remove it.
- Press the reset button. Some disposals will overheat and need a few minutes to cool down and reset.The reset button is found on the underside of the disposal.
If these troubleshooting tips do not work, call us today to schedule an appointment. We will try troubleshooting first and let you know if the disposal needs to be replaced or not.