Garbage Disposal Repair

More than simply being a convenient kitchen appliance, garbage disposals help keep food waste out of landfills, where it creates greenhouse gases and requires additional energy for breakdown. For those with sewer access, disposals send food waste to wastewater treatment plants where organic solids can be processed into fertilizers. More advanced wastewater plants can even capture biogas from disposal waste for energy production. That makes your garbage disposal a vital part of your kitchen and home. Installed under your kitchen sink and located under your sink’s drain, garbage disposals shred food into pieces small enough to pass through the plumbing to your septic or sewer system.

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There are two main types of garbage disposals:

  • Continuous Feed
    These models operate with the use of a wall or accessory switch. A rubber shield or baffle contains food within the unit and helps the disposal run more quietly.
  • Batch Feed
    These only activate when the disposal lid is engaged and the disposal is covered. They take a bit longer to setup, but are great for homes with children or prefer extra safety.

Common Garbage Disposal Issues

Noticed any of the issue below with your appliance? It may be time to call on the professional technicians at Chronister Enterprises. We work quickly to identify the problem and make sure we provide a fast and effective solution for your garbage disposal troubles.

Let us now if you need help with any of the following:

  • No power to your garbage disposal.

    Check your fuse box or circuit breakers for power issues. Otherwise locate the small, red reset button on the bottom of your system. If it is popped out, the disposal has overheated. Clear the jam and try resetting it. If you have power and there is no sound, the motor is probably worn out.

  • The garbage disposal is jammed.

    High fiber foods, cornhusks, avocado leaves, bones, utensils, and more can jam your disposal. Never put your hand in the disposal to clear this jam. If your disposal has a hole for an Allen socket under the motor, use an Allen socket to rotate the masher plate and attempt to clear the jam. If you want professional help, we are always here to answer your call!

  • The drain is clogged.

    Address clogs by turning off the power at the main disconnect, disassembling the trap, and clearing the clog with a drain snake. Turn the water on to check the clog has cleared after re-assembly. Our technicians can also provide assistance with this.

  • The garbage disposal is making excessive noise.

    Bones and other foreign objects can cause excessive noise and jams in garbage disposals. Noise may also result from loose mounting screws, broken flyweights, and worn lugs and blades. Loose screws can also cause water to leak into the motor and bearings.

  • There is a leak in one or more place.

    Leaks indicate a sink flange that needs to be tightened or a rubber gasket in need of replacement. However, if the leak is coming from the body of the disposal, it will have to be replaced. The sooner you call on our team, the better we can prevent major damage.

Replacing Garbage Disposal Parts

We can replace any part on your garbage disposal, including:

  • Lids and baffles
  • Blades
  • Gaskets and seals
  • Flanges
  • Tubing
  • Lugs
  • Flyweights

If garbage disposal repair and maintenance stresses you out, contact Mr. Appliance to set up service on your schedule. Our professionals can quickly and safely address your entire garbage disposal needs.

Reach out to us today at (319) 538-2796 for reliable and quality appliance repair services.

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