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Broken Pipes Club: How to Fix Your Broken Garbage Disposal

Is your garbage disposal on the fritz? Not turning on or grinding food anymore? It might be time to accept the fact that your relationship might be on the rocks. There is a chance that the problem is simply electrical or that the disposal unit has short-circuited, but not everything can be fixed by simply pressing the reset button. If you want it to work between you two, you’ll have to take a closer look.

Wrench at Your Heart

When you purchased the garbage disposal, you should have been provided with a company issued wrench (to ensure your limb safety when working with the appliance). Before using this wrench, make sure to turn off the power to your disposal. (They don’t have to see this.)

Place the wrench onto the flywheel and turn it. If there is something obstructing the flywheel when you turn the wrench, try to dislodge it. Once it’s clear, allow water to run for at least 30 seconds before turning the flywheel again.

Nuts and Bolts

If your disposal is leaking around the sink, you can fix the issue in a few simple steps. The disposal is held together with a few crucial bolts. These bolts will loosen over time and may cause the unit to leak. If you experience leakage, try tightening the three bolts using a screwdriver. If the problem persists, try covering up the leak with putty or bring in the professionals.

The Magic is Gone

If you’re having power issues with your garbage disposal, and it isn’t turning on, the problem could be your power. It’s a classic “it’s me, not you” situation. The first step to take is to double check that the unit is plugged in correctly– your problem could due to an overload. Press the reset button, and the disposal should start functioning again.

Ultimately, your problem could be with faulty blades in the unit. If the blades have dulled over time, you will need to replace them. In order to determine the problem, shut the power off and examine the blades (up close and personal). Pull on the blade to see if it moves up. If it does, then it has been loosened. Turn the power back on and keep an eye on the movement using a flashlight. If the food still isn’t being broken down adequately, the blades will have to be replaced.

Broken appliance-owner relationships are no joke. At the Deer Valley Plumbing Broken Pipes Club, we come together to help you analyze the problem before bringing in the professionals. Don’t let your heart sink because of your kitchen appliances. If the problem persists, let us know.

Give us a call, and we’ll help you fix your relationship ASAP. (602) 497-4806

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