Garbage disposals, like all appliances, eventually break down and need to be replaced. Of course, in the interest of recycling and saving money, you’ll want to try to repair the unit so you can continue to use it. But sometimes repairs end up being more costly. Or the unit becomes so inefficient that it costs more money and time to run it. If this is the case, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace your garbage disposal.
So, exactly when should you make the decision to replace it? This will vary from person to person and household to household. To help with the decision, the appliance repair in Pickering has a few guidelines or problems that may be a sign that it’s time to replace the garbage disposal.
Maintenance of your garbage disposal will help prevent or at least reduce clogging. It’s important to take care of your garbage disposal by following these steps:
• Never run the unit dry. Always run water while you have it running. It’s also a good idea to run water through the unit for 20 seconds after use.
• Not everything can go into the garbage disposal. There are also some food products that may not work well with your garbage disposal. Only dispose of items approved by your manufacturer.
• Don’t place large food items through the garbage disposal. Keep food pieces small and cut them to make sure. Feed the pieces of food through the disposal slowly to reduce clogging.
If you’re following all these steps when you use your garbage disposal, and it’s still getting clogged frequently, the unit may no longer be able to work as well as it once did. This could be a sign that it’s time to replace your garbage disposal. Frequent clogs can also be a sign that you need to upgrade to a bigger model that has a larger disposal capacity.
Frequent Pressing of the Reset Button
When you have a clog, it’s common to press the reset button to get the garbage disposal to start working again. It’s also common to press the reset button after you’ve put a lot of items through the disposal. If you have a problem of frequent resetting, it could be a sign that the motor of your unit is failing. You may need to replace the garbage disposal.
Odors that Linger
Garbage disposals sometimes smell so to reduce this from happening, you’ll need to clean it. You can use ice cubes, citrus peels, a sink full of dish soap or a mix of baking soda and vinegar. If after several good cleanings your unit still smells, it may mean that the odor is trapped in the unit itself or the drain lines. Sometimes this can be fixed. Other times the only way to get rid of the odor is to replace the unit.
Dull Blades and Leaks
Clogs can be caused by dull blades. When the blades get dull, they can no longer properly grind the food which causes it to clump and clog up the unit. Sometimes it’s possible to get a technician to replace the blades. Other times it’s simply more cost effective to replace the unit.
More severe leaks could be a sign that it’s time to replace the garbage disposal. Small leaks can sometimes be fixed by replacing o-rings or tightening connections. More costly leaks like one in the sink flange may mean it’s time to install a new garbage disposal.