Getting To Know Your Garbage Disposal


Garbage Disposal Repair Signs:

If your garbage disposal backs up frequently, it may be clogged. A clog often happens when hard foods or objects are jammed in the disposal.  Whenever you smell a foul odor, the unit may have a clog that consists of rotten food and this can be fixed by running the disposal for a while.  A professional must be hired if water constantly flows into the sink while the motor is running.  A loud or unusual noise will require immediate maintenance and grinding sounds will occur after a piece of silverware drops down the drain.  The staff at Guaranteed Parts would be pleased in assisting you in locating the correct parts needed to repair your appliance.

Proper Use Is Important

The first step in garbage disposal maintenance is the proper use. Always run cold water while using the disposal because this keeps the ground materials flowing out of it. The cold helps solidify oils and fats that would otherwise cling to the blades. Keep running the water for at least twenty-thirty seconds after everything is ground up.  Avoid putting large chunks of food down your sink and the disposal should be run often. This prevents anything from building up around the blades and helps keep the blades rust free.

Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal maintenance is very simple. The basic cleaning method is to run it when it is empty and pour soap and cold water down it.  Occasionally grinding hard materials, such as nut shells, fruit pits, and small bones create grit that will clean build-up off the walls of the disposal.

Bad odors are a common problem in garbage disposals.  Making vinegar ice cubes and feeding them into the disposal can help get rid of smells and it provides the same benefits as putting other hard objects down there. Pour baking soda into the disposal and let it sit for an hour or two before flushing it out. It should absorb most of the odors or grinding the peels from citrus fruits can work as a natural air freshener.

Maintaining your Garbage Disposal

To keep the disposal running at its best, avoid putting certain things down it.

  • Try to put as little grease as possible.
  • Fibrous foods can get tangled around the blades.
  • Starchy foods can break down and form a paste that can jam the grinder.
  • Chemical cleaners should be avoided.

If a garbage disposal stops working or is not performing at its best, there are a few things that can be done. Check to see if there is an object or any type of build up that is preventing the blades from turning.  Make sure you have unplugged the unit to avoid accidents.  Garbage disposals come with a tool that can be used to turn the flywheel. If all else fails most units have a reset switch.  For any repair parts, you can contact our staff at Guaranteed Parts  and we would be pleased in assisting you in locating the correct parts needed to repair your garbage disposal.