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Garbage disposal replace or repair is the perfect job for a Handyman and you’ll save money because you really don’t need to hire a Licensed Plumber to repair a garbage disposal. We'll tell you how to fix your garbage disposal yourself and we’ll tell you how to keep them running well.
Here are some things you should know about your garbage disposal and a few tips to help you with minor problems that can occur with your disposal at anytime.
Most garbage disposals use around ¾ horsepower electric motor with extremely sharp metal slots that uses centrifugal force to push food waste to a shredder ring which forces the waste through the shredder on the garbage disposal.
Installing a garbage disposal should only be done by someone experienced with both plumbing and electricity, because installing and repairing a garbage disposal require an electrical hook-up that meets code and operates safely.
At Handybears we often find that disposals have been installed or repaired incorrectly. The next problem would be lack of maintenance, and then garbage disposals that don’t have enough power supply to the disposal which is very hard on the electric motor.
A good size electric motor for residential garbage disposals is around ¾ horsepower, preferably made with stainless steel. A good garbage disposal should have an auto-reverse function for those times when it gets locked up. This will save you having to get under the sink with a hex wrench when this happens.
If your garbage disposal has no power: inspect the red reset button on the bottom of the disposal; if it's popped out; push it back in and turn the disposal on. If this doesn't work, give it a few minutes and try it again. If this doesn’t work you may need to call a handyman.
If your garbage disposal becomes jammed, use the reverse function on your garbage disposal or the look at the bottom of the disposal where you can use an Allen wrench to turn the plate in the disposal; this will fix most jams. If it won’t work, carefully turn off the power, preferably at the circuit breaker and using a broom handle to move the disposal plate back and forth to loosen it up.
Smells coming from your disposal are not uncommon: to help with this, whenever you use your garbage disposal, use a strong stream of water, and leave the water running and use some dish soap in the disposal for a few seconds each time and you'll stop this problem before it gets started. You can also grind 3 to 4 cups of ice with a cup of vinegar through your disposal at least once a week to help with odors and keep the blades sharp. Grinding the skins of citrus fruits works well too.
Here’s some do’s and don’ts that will keep your disposal running smooth and give you years of worry free service:
Foods like celery stalks, corn husks, will get tangled in the disposal and make the machine work harder and slower which puts a strain on the motor and doesn’t allow the food to get ground up correctly.
Food that is hard to grind like bones and some skins and pastas and rice will gum up the disposal over time and will cause the disposal to work slower and harder, not to mention not do a good job of liquefying anything after a time.
Never put Paper, metal, plastic or cigarette butts, in your garbage disposal, ever!
Vinegar is very good: Freeze some vinegar in an ice cube tray and use your disposal as a blender. This helps to eliminate bacteria which can cause odor.
Fat and Oil will build up in your garbage disposal and will eventually clog your drains and pipes and they will smell really bed over time as well.
What size disposal should I get?
At Handybears we recommend:
1. A 1/2 horse power garbage disposal for one or two people to use and it is usually less expensive.
2. A 3/4 horse power garbage disposer is what we recommend for single family homes with a few children.
3. A 1 horsepower garbage disposer if you have a large family or entertain a lot. In this case you’re better off with too much power rather than not enough.
4. Commercial garbage disposers for restaurants, schools, etc, that needs quite a bit of power in an ongoing basis.
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