A kitchen garbage disposal can stop functioning when used without water, or when non-recommended solids are dropped accidentally. It’s on of the most frustrating kitchen appliances to be without in my opinion. Growing up our family used it constantly. The common causes are as a result of food materials such as potato peelings, bones, or ground coffee among other materials.
I have outlined a few tips to help you fix a garbage disposal whenever it stops working.
If The Appliance Can’t Switch On
Whenever there is the electrical fault, a disposer cannot turn on. However, make sure it is plugged in before attempting to carry out any form of repair. If it is plugged in, check the reset button at the bottom of the disposer and press to reboot the appliance. The button will pop out, indicating that it is ready for use. If this doesn’t work, check if the circuit breaker may have tripped. If all the attempts don’t work, then you will need to look for a good plumber to fix the problem.
If The Flywheel Is Stuck
You will discover the wheel is stuck if the disposer produces the typical buzzing sound, but it cannot turn on. This means there is something lodged between the wheel and the shredder ring. Therefore, turn off power at the electrical panel before starting repair. Using the offset wrench, insert it into the propeller turning hole at the bottom of the appliance. Turn the wrench clockwise to dislodge the flywheel. If you don’t have the wrench, use a wooden stick, similar to a broom-handle. If the problem seems complicated, you should call an appliance repair company. I was referred to www.appliancerepairpomona.net when this happened to my roommates and I. They were a great help and got the job fixed in no time at all.
The common cause of slow draining is an inadequate disposal of solid food waste. The solids should react with water to get ground well. However, lack of water after the solids have been directed to the waste line can cause slow draining. To fix the problem, disconnect the discharge pipe and the drain trap, and then check the clog. If the disposer requires special attention, look for a qualified plumber to repair it.
The common areas where leakage occurs include; sink flange, dishwasher connection, or discharge drainpipe. If it occurs on the sink flange, turn off the power before starting to fix the problem. Carefully, loosen the appliance from the mounting flange by turning it clockwise. Tighten the bolts on the mounting flange because they might be the cause of leakages.
If leakage is at the dishwasher, tighten the clamp connected to the inlet by the dishwasher hose. Otherwise, replace the dishwasher hose.
Leakages at the drain discharge pipe can be fixed by tightening the bolts holding the discharge tube. If it is not yet working, try to replace the gasket. If the problem persists, call a professional repair company to fix the problem.
According to professional appliance repairmen, use of chemical drain cleaners with kitchen garbage disposals can cause a dangerous mess, making your disposal a store of toxins. This will give you a delicate task of removing them. Also, read about things that you should not put in your garbage disposal to avoid clogging it.