Your garbage disposal quickly becomes one of the most useful appliances you can have in the kitchen. If you use the garage disposal frequently in your home, it is in your best interest to know how to spot when it is starting to malfunction. This way you can call a plumber to get it fixed before it stops working completely.
1. No Power
When the switch is clicked on the wall and the disposal doesn't start, you can begin by checking the reset button. The button is usually located on the bottom of the housing unit of the garbage disposal. The wires might be shorting out and need to be tested. A professional can check the electrical components unless you have experience for the job.
2. The Sink is Backed Up
Your sink shouldn't back up unless food is trapped somewhere in the disposal unit or the plumbing line. If you see the problem, be sure to turn off the disposal to avoid injury before you try to remove the blockage.
3. Leaks Under the Sink
The garbage disposal is a closed system that sends food and water directly into the plumbing line. If the leak is coming from a connection in the housing unit, it will need a repair.
4. Clanking Noises and Vibration
Several things could be happening to create a rattling noise in the disposal. First, be sure the unit and pipes are tightly fastened to the sink. If the pipes are attached correctly, it could be something such as a bone or seed that has been put in the disposal by mistake. Turn the power source to the machine off and remove the rubber flapper. You should be able to remove anything lodged in the unit if you can see it.
5. Humming Motor
Several things could be causing the garbage disposal to hum a tune. For example, the shredding plate at the bottom of the garbage disposal could be stuck. Turn the power off to the disposal unit. Use a one-quarter inch Allen wrench to wiggle the plate until it can move without restraint. You can use a handle (such as a broom) through the opening of the disposal unit if there isn't an opening at the bottom of the disposal to free the plate. If the noise continues after you have dislodged the shredding plate, the motor is faulty and cannot be repaired.
These are just a few of the most obvious reasons your garbage disposal is malfunctioning. Unless you have plumbing experience, it is going to be in your best interest to reach out to a professional, such as one from Budget Rooter Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, for assistance.