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Common Causes of Malfunctioning Garbage Disposals

Last updated 4 years ago

Your kitchen garbage disposal provides an effective and efficient way to dispose of food waste. Using a series of internal blades, a garbage disposal processes food so that it can be sent safely down the drain. With proper use, your garbage disposal will run smoothly for many years to come. Over time, however, your garbage disposal may begin to malfunction. Here is a look at some common causes of malfunctioning garbage disposals to help you identify when your garbage disposal requires repairs from your plumber.

Clogged Blades
When using your kitchen garbage disposal, you should be sure to only send approved items down the drain. Your disposal is equipped to handle soft food that can be easily processed. Items such as egg shells, kitchen grease, or starchy foods can all create a clogged disposal. When you notice that your garbage disposal is having trouble sending items down the drain, your blades may be clogged.

Jammed Motor
Inside your kitchen garbage disposal, there is a small motor that provides the power needed to turn the blades. When an object becomes stuck in the disposal, this can cause the motor to become jammed. To diagnose a jammed motor, listen for a humming or whining sound when you turn on the disposal.

No Power
If your disposal fails to turn on when you flip the switch, you may be experiencing an electrical issue. Inspect your circuit breaker to make sure that the electricity for the disposal is on. Your next step should be to call your plumber, who will be able to repair the electrical issue.

When you are experiencing a problem with your kitchen plumbing or garbage disposal, the master plumbers at Expert Plumbing Service will be there to help. We provide homeowners in the Joliet and New Lenox areas with a full range of top quality plumbing services, including primary plumbing repairs, water heater maintenance, and much more. To make an appointment for your home today, call us at (708) 231-4792. 


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