Plumbing Tips – Troubleshooting Garbage Disposal Issues

plumbing repairHaving a garbage disposal unit at home is a godsend especially during the holiday season. However, that handy piece of plumbing equipment isn’t immune to problems. Without proper usage, garbage disposal could encounter a number of issues. While calling a plumber for plumbing repair is the rational thing to do, you can also try to fix the problem on your own. With a little bit of tinkering around, you’d be baffled by how easy it is to fix the garbage disposal. Of course, there are some prerequisites such as equipment and a fair bit of plumbing knowledge.

Here are some ways on how you could troubleshoot common garbage disposal issues

Garbage disposal won’t turn on

When you’re trying to clean the dishes and get rid of table scraps and your garbage disposal won’t turn on, what do you do? You should not panic at this point. You could call in for plumbing repair Myrtle Beach but there are some things you can try in an attempt to solve the problem on your own. Perform the following in order:

  • Check if the disposal unit is plugged in.
  • If plugged in, press the reset button on the unit.
  • Check the service panel if pressing the reset button fails to solve the issue.
  • If all else fails, you have two options. First is to call a plumber or proceed further with the DIY repair which involves taking apart the unit.

Disposal unit makes humming sounds but does not grind

It’s not uncommon to find your garbage disposal unit unable to start properly from time to time. When the disposal unit gets clogged, the motor halts and just hums as it tries to start up. You should not let this happen for an extended duration. Letting the unit remain in this state can cause the motor of the unit to burn. The circuit breaker might also constantly trip while this is happening.

The only way to resolve this problem is to take apart the unit and find out what’s causing the issue. Usually, a foreign object stuck somewhere in between the impellers and the shredder ring is the problem. Again, proceed with caution. Never take apart the unit while still plugged in. also, doing so will require tools and knowledge on how to dismantle the unit. If you are not confident to do so, hire MBHS Plumbing to take care of the problem.

Disposal unit drains slowly

There can be a number of reasons why your garbage disposal is draining slowly. What causes your sink drain to clog is also what creates the problem with your disposal unit. Normally, the issue can be fixed rather quickly. Disassembling the discharge pipe and the drain trap will reveal the problem. You can easily fix the issue if the clog is found inside the two areas. However, if the problem is still not resolved, it is best to call in a plumber to handle the problem.

Are you experiencing plumbing problems? Call MBHS Plumbing to fix all your plumbing problems today! You may reach us at (843) 353-6283.

MBHS Plumbing
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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