DIY Garbage Disposal Repair
Garbage disposals are a modern convenience to which you are most likely addicted. When you don’t have to scrape the plates into a trashcan, you don’t have to deal with odors or little flying insects in the kitchen. However, disposals can run into problems, and it’s a good idea to know how to fix minor problems yourself. Environment Masters is happy to share these little repair tips with you so that you can feel confident handling those small disposal challenges yourself.
When you turn on your disposal and it just hums, this means something has jammed the blades. It could be anything from a little piece of bone to a fruit pit, but you don’t want to run the disposal until this is corrected.
- Start by disconnecting power to the disposal. If you aren’t sure how to do this, look in your owner’s manual.
- A special hex wrench is the tool that you will need to complete the repair. This particular garbage disposal repair is so easy to do that the manufacturers provide you with the tool you need.
- In the bottom of the disposal, right in the center of the unit, you will find a small hole that the wrench fits tightly into.
- Insert it in the opening, and then move the wrench back and forth to allow the impellers to move again.
- Finally, turn on the disposal and test it to see if it’s working.
Note: If you don’t have the ability to reset the disposal with a switch or this tool, you can use the end of a broomstick to unjam the blades. Put the broomstick down the disposal and move the blades back and forth to free them. Never use your hand to do this work.
It’s Not Grinding
If the disposal is running, but it doesn’t seem to be breaking the food down, you may not be putting enough water in the disposal. Increase the water pressure to help the system run effectively. You can also sharpen the blades by dropping ice cubes into the machine while it’s running. If the problem continues, you should call a Jackson plumber for assistance.
Water Draining Problems
If the problem with your disposal is that water is backing up or leaking into the sink, you have a more serious problem. This is a plumbing repair best left to the professionals.
Whether you just aren’t comfortable working on the disposal or are dealing with a serious issue, you can trust the team at Environment Masters to help you. Call us today at 601-353-4681 to make an appointment for service.