Garbage disposals do a lot of dirty work. They can help prevent kitchen drains from getting clogged, and they can be very convenient to have when cleaning up after a meal. Since they work so hard, they can be vulnerable to problems, though. There are certain situations, which we’ve described below, in which you’ll probably need professional help from a plumber.
Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On
Your garbage disposal requires electricity to operate. As such, it won’t work if the power has gone out in your home or if there’s a problem with the particular circuit that its outlet is part of. However, if your kitchen’s outlets have power and your garbage disposal still isn’t working, you’ll need to reach out for professional assistance. The problem might be associated with a faulty motor. Over time, motors can fail, and in this case, you may need a new garbage disposal. It could also be the case that your unit needs to be unclogged and/or reset so that it can continue to function like normal.
Garbage Disposal Leaks Frequently
A leaking garbage disposal needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Even a small leak can cause issues in your kitchen. Water can cause wood and other materials to get soft and rot, and it can lead to the development of mold and mildew. Chances are that a small leak won’t get better on its own. Instead, it has the potential to turn into something much more concerning. A larger leak could spring up at any moment, and in this case, even more water damage could occur in your kitchen. A plumber from our team can take a look at a leaking garbage disposal and figure out exactly what part is experiencing the issue. It might be a loose connection or a crack somewhere in the system.
Garbage Disposal Clogged
Part of the reason why so many people like having garbage disposals is that they work so quickly. Unfortunately, garbage disposals can get clogged quickly as well. Items that aren’t food, such as plastic wrappers and pieces of metal, can accidentally get sent down the drain. Also, large chunks of food can cause problems. In either of these cases, the garbage disposal might not work. In fact, many units shut down automatically when they notice obstructions that they aren’t able to handle.
There are multiple steps involved in unclogging a garbage disposal, and this process involves physically removing the obstruction from the disposal. It can be a good idea to have a professional plumber take care of this on your behalf. This way, you can be confident that the problem will be resolved and that no unintentional damage will happen.
Garbage Disposal Making Loud Noises
A garbage disposal should make a little noise when it’s working, but if it makes really loud noises, it should get checked out. A clog may be impeding the movement of the shredder plate, the shredder plate may be a bit loose, or the motor bearings may be worn down. These problems are fairly significant, so you’ll need someone with the skill and expertise to assess whether your garbage disposal can get fixed or needs replacing.
Need a Plumber?
If you need a plumber to help you with your garbage disposal in American Fork, turn to Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. Our company’s roots go all the way back to 1910. We’re proud of our long history of service, and we continue to be a family-owned and operated business with a staff that works hard on behalf of its customers. All of our employees pay close attention to detail, so you can trust that we’ll get your job done correctly. We’d be happy to work on a project of any scope. In addition to offering repair services, we can replace your garbage disposal or install a brand new one at your place.
The other plumbing services that we offer are related to water heaters, drain cleaning, toilets, faucets, and leaks. Further, we have technicians that can install, repair, and maintain heaters and air conditioners. We have experience with a variety of makes and models, including heat pumps and ductless mini splits. At our full-service company, we can also take care of jobs related to ductwork, sheet metal fabrication, attic fans, and commercial HVAC and plumbing. Contact our team at Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing to set up an appointment.