Maybe one day, your garbage disposal isn’t whirring as loudly as usual. You think nothing of it. And then, within a week or two, there’s a weird smell and a strange residue around the drain. The motor seems to have slowed down, and things don’t go down as smoothly. Before long, there’s a pervasive smell of mold, and refuse sputters out of the plughole.
If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s a sign that you need garbage disposal repair services.
Common Garbage Disposal Repairs
At Edelman, our garbage disposal service can quickly fix your unit. Common garbage disposal problems that we see include:
Garbage disposals can leak if there is damage to the pipes that drain the garbage. This issue can be difficult to notice at first, as the disposal may still be functional. However, you will soon notice the smell of leaking refuse in your house, which is unpleasant and can cause water damage and mold growth.
Blades Aren’t Moving
Impeller blades grind your garbage to a pulp, which gets flushed with water from the tap. If these blades aren’t moving, the unit will clog, and you will notice foul smells and garbage rising above the drainage plug.
If your unit has no power, refuse will sit in the disposal chute. It will soon build up and could cause functional problems. Our garbage disposal services can repair the electronics and provide a thorough cleaning.
Some substances can cause a chute to get clogged. These include:
- Oils: oil sticks to the sides of pipes and collects bits of residue. Never put oil in your disposal.
- Banana peel: even if chopped up, a banana peel is fibrous and can cause a clogging mulch.
- Potato skins: when pulped and combined with water, these cause a sort of starchy mash to build up in your drain.
Certain items, such as coffee grounds, or hard items, such as broken glass or a utensil, may block the impeller from moving correctly.
Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs to Be Replaced
Here are a few common signs you may need to consider replacing rather than repairing your unit.
The Unit is Over 10 Years Old
The garbage disposal in your kitchen sink will typically have a lifespan of around 10 years. If yours is older than that, it may be more cost-effective to replace than continuously repair it. Call Edelman for garbage disposal installation service.
A slightly leaky pipe is fixable. If there’s significant leakage coming from the pipes attached to your system, or you’ve had it looked at before, it may be time to consider replacing it with a new unit.
Frequent clogging may be a sign that your unit is no longer up to its job. It may be a good idea to replace the system entirely rather than wasting repair visits trying to diagnose the problem when there may be several causes.
Food Takes Too Long to Grind
When your garbage disposal is consistently failing to process the refuse, it may be a sign that the motor has become damaged or that the components are past their prime. Rather than replacing or repairing many parts, a complete replacement may be the most cost-effective option.
Hitting the Reset Button Frequently
Just as you know that having to restart your computer frequently is a sign that it’s time for a replacement, if you have to reset your garbage disposal too often, it’s probably a sign that you need to invest in a new system.
Learn More About Edelman’s Confidence Club
Edelman’s Confidence Club gives you a single point of contact for all your home maintenance needs. These include:
- Garbage disposals
- HVAC systems
- Heating issues
The vast majority of issues are due to poor maintenance. As a member of the Edelman Confidence Club, you can count on regular maintenance and emergency services from highly trained plumbers should the worst happen.
It means you won’t have to fret about finding a trustworthy provider for every home service—you’ll always have a familiar face you can trust to maintain, repair, or replace your utilities. Plus, we can increase the operating efficiency of your home systems by up to 20%.
Contact Edelman for Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation Services
For the highest-quality garbage disposal repairs and replacements, contact a trusted local service provider with many years of experience in the field. Edelman takes pride in everything we do and will always go the extra mile to ensure that your garbage disposals are working properly. Schedule an appointment for garbage disposal service today.