Garbage disposals work well to chew up that leftover food on your plates, pots, and pans, making cleaning up after meals a breeze. Garbage disposals can't eat up everything though; some items should never be placed into the disposal, including bones and other hard objects, corn cobs, grease and metal, as these objects can damage your disposal. Over time, your disposal can wear down from everyday usage, as they don't last forever. See below for some troubleshooting tips for your disposal.
Disposal Not Grinding
If you notice that your disposal isn't grinding the food as easily as it used to, it may be that your blades aren't sharp. To help keep your disposal blades sharp, place ice cubes into the disposal. The ice will help keep your blades sharp. To freshen the disposal, you can make ice cubes with some small pieces of lemon and water in each cube. Place these in your disposal at least once per week to sharpen and freshen your blades.
Disposal Making Loud Noises
If your disposal is making a lot of loud noises, as in it is attempting to grind something and is louder than normal, you could have something stuck in your disposal that doesn't belong there. Turn off the disposal and unplug it (or turn it off at the breaker). Look inside the disposal to see if you can see what is stuck such as a metal utensil, a piece of glass or maybe a bone. Fish out the blockage by taking out the rubber plug, then plug in the disposal and try it again.
Disposal Motor Not Turning On
If your disposal isn't turning on at all, it could be the end of your disposal, or it could be something else. Look for a blockage or something stuck inside the disposal. Be sure to turn the power off to the disposal first before attempting to remove a blockage. Your disposal could have over-heated from over-use. Wait a few minutes to let it cool down, then press the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. Try the disposal again to see if it works.
Garbage disposals are a nice convenience to have when doing the dishes, especially if you have a large family. It saves you time from having to scrape each and every dish into the garbage before doing the dishes. These disposals can wear out over time, even if you maintain it. If your disposal has stopped working, contact a professional plumber to have a new one installed for you. For more information, visit sites like http://lowryservices.com.