How To Troubleshoot Your Garbage Disposal

Published on: June 30, 2024

How To Troubleshoot Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are the heroes of many Rockledge FL kitchens, but even heroes have their off days. Here’s how you can troubleshoot like a pro:

Still and silent? Start with the basics. Make sure it’s plugged in and check the circuit breaker. Press the reset button on the bottom of the unit to give your disposal a little nudge.

Humming but not chewing through food scraps? Potential jam Turn off the power, unplug the unit for even more safety, and grab a flashlight. Use tongs or pliers to remove any visible debris – no hands, please, unless you want to end up in urgent care.

Dripping water or mystery puddles? Check the connections. Tighten any loose fittings and replace worn-out gaskets. Make sure the unit is securely attached to the sink, too – a wobbly disposal is an unhappy disposal.

Does it smell like something died beyond your drain? Grind up some ice cubes and citrus peels to freshen things up. A baking soda and vinegar mix also works wonders and makes you feel like a mad scientist.

Keep your disposal happy by running cold water while using it and avoiding fibrous or hard items like bones or celery stalks. Regular maintenance is key to a long, happy disposal life.

If you’ve tried all this and your garbage disposal is still on strike, it's time to call in backup. Residents in Rockledge FL can count on Drain Wizards for expert repair and maintenance. Our skilled technicians will have your disposal back to its food-munching best in no time.

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