Nothing is eternal, but when it comes to appliances it can be difficult to discern when repairing is still a viable option and when it is time to say goodbye and replace it. However, specifically with garbage disposals, there are signs which you can watch out for so you know when its lifespan has come to an end.
First, you should try running water during and for twenty seconds after each use. Also only dispose of food which has previously been approved of by the manufacturer. And before you throw anything in the disposal, cut everything into small chunks and add it gradually as to not overwork the appliance. However, if you are already following all of these steps and nothing changes, you may want to start looking into a replacement. Maybe even a bigger model since frequent clogging can also be the result of you requiring a grander disposal capacity. To get the drains or chute unclogged, call in an appliance repair service in San Diego County.
Frequent Pushing of The Reset Button
There is nothing wrong with pressing reset after disposing of a large amount of food or maybe a clog, but if this has become a routine and is done too often, it can lead to motor failure. A good way to avoid this is by, naturally, disposing of less food or at least, only disposing of it gradually and in small pieces which will also avoid clogs and even further lessens your usage of the reset button. However, if it is already too late and the damage is done, you will be looking at a situation in which replacement is unavoidable.
If there is a certain stench wafting up from your garbage disposal at all times, you may first want to try cleaning it with baking soda and vinegar, or ice cubes, or citrus peels, or just a bunch of dish soap. However, if you have already tried all of that and still can’t fight of the odor, it may come from the drain lines or unit itself. And what that means is that you may just have to replace the entire garbage disposal to get rid of the stench.
If you have started to notice a lengthening in running time, even with just small and soft bits of food, or if you have noticed frequent clogging despite following all the stated steps in Tip 1, you might be looking at problem with your blades. Specifically that they have become dull. Unfortunately, there is no way to sharpen them, which means you will have to replace the entire unit.