“Oh! What happens to my Garbage Disposal? It’s not working.” That is a very common dialogue you may utter or hear frequently. Let’s see what the reason behind it.
At first, try to find out if it is jammed, clogged, leaking, not humming, or not getting the power? After identifying the problem, you may fix them very easily. I’m going to help you with this step-by-step trick to fix the hassle.
It is better that you have your screwdrivers, hex wrench, etc. These household tools are very important to repair some damages by ourselves. No doubt for fixing Garbage Disposal these tools are also required.
Before repairing, you should have an idea regarding the disposal – how it works, the structure of the disposal, etc. In short, the shredder breaks down the food waste which is an inside part of the unit. There are an impeller arm and a plate to force the liquid and other elements out the drain. The dishwasher inlet helps to drain the water running through the disposal, so the unit can chew up the large food waste before draining away.
Keep in mind; never work on a garbage disposal when it is plugged in and do not put your hand in the hopper. Let’s troubleshoot the problems one by one.
Garbage Disposal is not working/ Humming/making noise/ turning on
Most of the times you will not get any sound, or noise, or fail to turn on the disposal when it fails to receive the power. Make sure that it is plugged in properly. If it is ok, then press the Reset button. You will get the Rest button on the bottom of the disposal, and the button will be popped out after reset. If it is not popping out then, it could be a faulty disposal.
Still, it is not working. Check the electrical outlet with any other electrical appliance, if the problem is there, fix it. But if there is no problem then check the circuit breaker and reset it. If the circuit breaker which is serving the disposal is not tripped, then it may happen that the switch is faulty. In this case, you need to replace the switch.
After fixing all these things turn back the power on and check the disposal, is it humming? It is not making any noise; now it is high time to replace the Garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal is not working but humming or making noise
You may get the noise, but the garbage disposal does not turn on or not grind or turns on and stops immediately without switching off the power by yourself. If your disposal is jammed or clogged or the flywheel stuck for lodging something between the impeller blade and the drain hole, this situation will occur. To avoid the risk of burning out the motor, do not continue with a jammed or clogged disposal.
You have a hex wrench attached to the disposal, if not then buy one to repair this kind of problem. At the bottom of the disposal you will get a flywheel turning hole, just insert the hex wrench into that hole and turn it clockwise to free the flywheel or impeller.
If you do not find any hole at your disposal or failed to dislodge the flywheel with the hex wrench, insert a broomstick into the hopper and against an impeller. Force it down to free the stuck flywheel or impeller.
Use a tongs or pliers to pull out the particles for which the flywheel was stuck such as a fruit pit, a piece of bone, metal, piece of glass or rubber, etc.
After freed the flywheel, reset the disposal and run some water into it and flip the switch on and off to spin the flywheel for a short time to wash down the obstacles.
Water is not passing through the disposal
You may wonder to see that the water is not passing through the disposal rather it stands in the sink. If the disposal drain is clogged, you know what to do. But the problem is in the drain line, and then you need to plumbing. Disconnect the drain pipe under the sink and clear the clog with a drain auger.
Grinds very poorly
If your disposal is grinding poorly or not grinding, check the blades, they may be broken. Just replace the unit.
Garbage Disposal is leaking
At first find out the source of the leak; check the Sink Flange, the Dishwasher Connection, the Discharge Drainpipe, etc.
Remove the upper unit from the mounting flange and tighten the three bolts. If the leaks for plumbers putty, loosen the bolts and use the plumber putty between the sink and the sink flange, tighten the bolts again. Reinstall the disposal, turn on the power back and check the leaks.
Check the dishwasher hose and tighten the clamp. If the leakage is there, replace it.
Check the bolts connecting the discharge pipe and tighten them. If the problem is there, then remove the bolts, replace the gasket, tighten the bolts again and check.
Take Care of your Garbage Disposal to avoid clogging, slow draining, etc.
- Grind food with cold water.
- Do not fill the disposal overly.
- Do not use chemicals such as drain cleaners, bleach, etc. to clean the disposal.
- Avoid grinding fibrous materials, coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peelings, metal, glass, or rubber.
- Use tongs or pliers to pull out the unwanted particles.
- Run water before and after the use of your disposal.
- Grind up with pieces of lemon peel and ice cube regularly.
- Use ice cubes and a cup of rock salt to clean the disposal. Grind them and run through the disposal for at least five seconds.
- Use a half cup of vinegar and a couple of handfuls of baking soda to avoid odors.
- Never use your hands.
- You must read and follow the user manual.
I am sure that now you are an expert to fix these common problems of your disposals.