A modern kitchen has become unimaginable without a garbage disposal, the device under the kitchen sink which removes all the undesired food waste from the kitchens making clean up a lot easier. On the other hand, kitchen disposal often cause various problems for one or the other reason, while constant repairs are not inexpensive. Luckily, most of the garbage disposal problems are minor and can be easily repaired on your own.
When and if you are repairing your garbage disposal on your own you need to follow two rules:
- never put your hand in the hopper
- always turn off the power to the garbage disposal at the electrical service panel before starting any repairs There are a lot of reasons why your garbage disposal is not functioning, making extreme noise, humming or excessively vibrating but most commonly your disposal unit is not functioning properly because the flywheel is jammed. Fortunately, it can be repaired very easily on your own. Insert the garbage disposal wrench which came with your disposal unit and insert it into the flywheel hole in the bottom of the garbage disposal.
- Turn the wrench clockwise and counterclockwise few times until the you feel the flywheel turns freely. Turn back the power on at the electrical service panel, turn on the disposal unit and run some tap water. If disposal unit still does not work turn the reset button – the red button at the very center of the unit and your garbage disposal is repaired.
What to do if Your Garbage Disposal Gets Clogged
Garbage disposal clog is one of the most frequent causes of your disposal unit not working, draining too slow or making a humming sound. However, it is also one of those garbage disposal problems you can easily repair on your own. A high quality food waste disposer is less likely to get clogged often. So make sure you buy the garbage disposal from the top brands. You can learn more about top food disposers in UK here.
Garbage disposal clog is most often caused by inadequate water used while grinding, grinding large amounts of starchy material such as rice and potato peels, grinding celery and coffee grounds, etc. However, to remove the garbage disposal clog you do not need to call your plumber. The first and the most important thing you need to do when repairing garbage disposal clog on your own is to turn off the power to the disposal unit at the electrical service panel.
Then take the wretch which comes with every disposal unit or buy one at the hardware store or online and always keep it under the sink. Insert the wrench into the flywheel hole at the bottom of your disposal unit and turn it clockwise and counterclockwise several times until the flywheel loosens up. Then turn the power back on, press the reset button – the red button at the bottom of your disposal unit, run some tap water into the disposal and garbage disposal clog is repaired. If your disposal still does not work you have got a more serious problem than the clog.
Installation of Garbage Disposal / Food Waste Disposer
Garbage disposal installation is no major science although it requires some plumbing and electrical skills. However, before starting to install it is recommendable to check the dimensions of the disposal unit again to make sure it fits under your kitchen sink. You will need an outlet under the sink and if not having one yet you are highly recommended to leave over the job to a licensed electrician. And the most important rule you need to follow before starting garbage disposal installation is to turn off the electrical circuit.
To install garbage disposal you need to remove the existing disposal unit or the waste trap and sink strainer but make sure you have bucket and some towers at hand. When you remove all the required pieces you simply follow the instructions of the manufacturer starting by installation of the upper mounting assembly to hold the disposal unit in place, connecting the power cord to the disposal unit, connecting the dishwasher drain, positioning of the unit under the mounting assembly and connecting the drain lines. When you put everything in its place turn the power back on and test your new garbage disposal.
Installation of garbage disposal is relatively easy task and can be easily done on one own but it is highly important to be very careful while connecting the disposal unit to power.