Has the time come to replace your garbage disposal? Appliances don’t last forever. But, they are built to be durable and with the proper handling they can last for many years before even needing repairs. Of course, there comes a time in the life of every appliance where it will either need to be repaired or replaced. If you know what you are looking for, it will be easy to determine just what needs to be done for your garbage disposal.
If you catch a problem soon enough more than likely you will only need to repair your garbage disposal. Whether you are noticing an increase in clogs or smell, these are top indicators that there is something malfunctioning with your kitchenware. A simple clog may indicate that you need to flush your disposal. If clogs become too frequent then it may be time to take the disposal apart to ensure that there is no permanent damage. A great way to prevent damage and clogs from occurring is to run water through your disposal after every use.
An odor problem usually means that something is causing food to become stuck within the gears of the disposal. This doesn’t always mean a clog. To rid your garbage disposal of odors you should try cycling some cleaners like vinegar or baking soda through your disposal. This can help to eliminate lingering odors from strong scented garbage. If this process doesn’t work than you will need to have someone come out and take a look at it. Stubborn, lingering odors can signify an underlying mechanical issue.
It is always best to take a proactive approach to the upkeep and repair of your garbage disposal. To extend the life of your disposal and keep the repairs and replacements to a minimum keep there are certain things that should not be put down your disposal. Some examples of this would be bones, eggshells, grease, tough skins, or pits and seeds. Anything with a course, thick texture that would be difficult to grind up should be thrown away instead of put in your disposal. These things can lead to physical damage of the garbage disposal and also easy clogging.
If you have tried multiple ways of cleaning, unclogging and repairing your garbage disposal to no avail than it is probably time to replace it. Physical damage, leakage, complete refusal to work at all usually means that the damage is irreparable and that the unit will need to be replaced. When faced with a malfunctioning garbage disposal it is best to call a professional appliance repair expert and let them come out to inspect your disposal. They will be able to direct you in what is the best option for you, repair or replacement. If you consider that the repairs cost over 50% of buying new garbage disposal, then it is better to buy a new one and replace it.