Signs Of Problems With Your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal unit separates food waste from the house's plumbing as water runs. To prevent a garbage disposal breakdown, it's important to identify warning signs that your unit requires repairs or a replacement. Here are some signs of problems with your garbage disposal.

The Garbage Disposal Is On, But It Doesn't Make Any Noise

If your garbage disposal is on but you cannot hear any noise, check whether it's plugged in. If it's plugged in, try pressing the reset button. If this doesn't fix the problem, check whether the circuit breaker has tripped.

If the circuit breaker has not tripped, then you might be dealing with a damaged switch or unit. In many cases, such behavior cannot be fixed and may require a replacement of the unit. Consult plumbing services for a replacement.

The Garbage Disposal Is Clogged

A stinking sink is caused by clogs in the garbage disposal. It may also be caused by food that is stuck in the unit's grinding chamber. There are up to 500,000 bacteria living in kitchen sinks. These microorganisms accelerate the spoilage of food particles. The longer you allow food debris to remain in your garbage disposal, the more the microorganisms will multiply. After a short while, you'll begin smelling bad odors from the sink. 

Another sign that shows you're dealing with a clogged garbage system is when you hear a humming noise. You may feel a vibration within the sink but notice that the shredder doesn't turn around. If this is the case, turn off the unit immediately.

Leaving it to run even when it's jammed can burn the motor because it receives power and transmits it to the blades. Because the blades cannot move due to the clog, the excess power will overheat the motor. Call plumber services to help you unclog the unit.

Leaking In A Garbage Disposal

If you notice a puddle under your sink, your garbage disposal may be leaking. Leaks can be caused by problems with the sealing or a connection to other parts of the plumbing system. If a garbage disposal system starts to leak or shows any signs of cracks, consider repairing or replacing it. When the inner core of the garbage disposal cracks, you might have to replace the entire unit. Garbage disposal repairs cost $250 on average. Therefore, it may be advisable to replace the unit if you notice significant leaking.

To learn more, contact a plumbing contractor.