When Should I Replace My Garbage Disposal?
All appliances need to be replaced at some point, but it can be difficult to know when it's time to pull the trigger. When you're using an appliance of fixture regularly, you'll probably get used to its "quirks" as it gradually declines in efficiency and effectiveness. It can also be easy to decide on repairs over a replacement, and a new replacement might be much more beneficial in the long run.
At Mr. Fix It Right Plumbing and Rooter, our professional Oakland plumbers can help you decide whether repairs of replacements are right for your garbage disposal, and we'll be able to handle the entire garbage disposal installation if it's necessary.
Here are a few of the signs that you should look out for that may mean that it's time to replace your garbage disposal:
It Frequently Clogs
If there are frequently clogs in your garbage disposal, it could mean that you need to have to it replaced, or it may simply mean that you're not taking proper care of garbage disposal. You always take these step with your garbage disposal:
- Run water during use and for at least 20 seconds after use.
- only dispose of food items that are approved by your manufacturer.
- Cut up items into small pieces and feed them in slowly.
If your garbage disposal clogs even though you've been doing these things, you should probably consider installing a larger garbage disposal at your Oakland home.
You Have To Reset the Disposal Frequently
It’s not unusual to have to push the reset button after a clog or after you’ve put large amounts through the disposal, but frequent resetting could mean that the motor is failing and the unit needs replacing.
You Can't Get Rid of Odors
If you do notice odors in your Oakland home's garbage disposal, you can clean it by running ice cubes, baking soda and vinegar, citrus peels, and some dish soap. However, if the odors still remain, you may need to have your garbage disposal replaced. The smell may be trapped in the unit itself.
The Blades Are Dull
When you notice that food is difficult to grind, or that you're getting frequently clogs, the blades are probably no longer sharp enough, and you likely need to have your garbage disposal replaced.
You Have a Leak
Some leaks in your drains or dishwasher lines may have simple fixes, like tightening connections or replacing the O-rings. Other leaks, however, are much more complicated. If you have link in any part of your Oakland home's garbage disposal, the most cost-effective solution may be replacing the unit.