Common Garbage Disposal Problems
One common problem with garbage disposals is clogs, which can occur when too much food waste is put into the disposal at once, or when large, non-biodegradable items are accidentally put into the disposal. Clogs can cause the disposal to become jammed, preventing it from turning on or off. In some cases, the disposal may continue to run but will make strange noises or produce a burning smell. To fix a clogged disposal, you may need to use a plunger to loosen the obstruction, or use a tool such as a plumber’s snake to remove it.
Another problem that can occur with garbage disposals is leaking. This can happen if the disposal’s internal seals become worn or damaged, allowing water to escape from the grinding chamber. Leaks can also be caused by loose or improperly installed pipes or fittings. To fix a leaking disposal, you will need to replace the worn seals or tighten the pipes. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire disposal unit.
Finally, garbage disposals can also become noisy over time, particularly if they are not maintained properly. This can be due to worn or damaged blades, or the accumulation of food waste inside the grinding chamber. To fix a noisy disposal, you may need to clean it thoroughly, replace the blades, or lubricate the moving parts. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire unit.