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What is the Best Size of Garbage Disposal?

Generally, garbage disposals come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 horsepower models. If you are replacing an existing unit that has worked well for a number of years, the old size should work fine. We recommend 1/2 horsepower garbage disposals for light use, 3/4 horsepower for normal home use, and 1 horse power for heavy home use or light commercial. Call Deer Valley Plumbing Contractors, Inc. today at (602) 497-4806 for installation.

A 1/2 horse power garbage disposal is perfect for condos and apartments. It has enough power for one or two people to use and it is usually less expensive. This power of garbage disposal is also great for vacation homes, where it doesn’t get too much use. Just be careful, though, that if you have a large dinner party or other special occasion where you may need to dispose of a lot of food particles at one time, that you run plenty of cold water and feed the particles slowly into the disposer.
A 3/4 horse power garbage disposal is probably the most common. This kind of garbage disposer is generally found in single family homes and is good for a family. If you have children, however, make sure that they understand what you can and cannot put down the garbage disposal. This will help prevent future problems if everyone understands how to use the disposal.
A 1 horsepower garbage disposal is better if you have a large family or a kitchen that gets heavy use or by a lot of people. This is because with more power, this kind of garbage disposal is a lot more forgiving with what someone may put down it. This kind of garbage disposal is also good for offices and other places of business where a more powerful garbage disposal might be needed.

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