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How to Troubleshoot Your Garbage Disposal Before Calling a Repairman

Garbage disposals are a great convenience in the kitchen, but they can become a source of frustration when malfunctioning. While there are times when calling a professional is necessary, there are also several things you can do to troubleshoot your garbage disposal before calling a repairer. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot your garbage disposal:

Step 1: Check for Power

Before doing anything, check to see if the disposal is receiving power. If not, there could be a problem with the circuit breaker, switch, or outlet. Ensure the circuit breaker for the disposal is turned on, and check the button to ensure it works correctly. If everything seems in order, try plugging another device into the same outlet to see if it’s getting power.

Step 2: Reset the Disposal

If the disposal is not receiving power, the next step is to reset it. Most disposals have a reset button located on the bottom of the unit. Press the button and wait a few seconds before trying the removal again. If the disposal still doesn’t work, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Check for Jams

A common cause of garbage disposal problems is a jam. Before clearing the blockage:

  • Ensure the disposal is turned off and unplugged.
  • Use tongs or pliers to remove any objects stuck in the disposal carefully.
  • Be careful not to put your hands inside the disposal as sharp blades may injure you.


Step 4: Check the Blades

The blades may be dull or damaged if the disposal still needs to be fixed. Use a flashlight to inspect the edges for any signs of wear or damage. If the blades are damaged, they will need to be replaced.

Step 5: Clean the Disposal

Over time, food particles and debris can build up in the disposal, causing it to clog. To clean the disposal, first, turn it off and unplug it. Then, use a flashlight to look inside and remove any visible debris. Next, pour a cup of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the disposal and turn it on for a few seconds. Finally, run cold water through the disposal for a few minutes to flush out any remaining debris.

By following these steps, you can troubleshoot your garbage disposal and avoid the cost of calling a repairer. However, if the problem persists, calling House Appliance Repairs for assistance is best. They can diagnose the issue and make any necessary repairs to get your garbage disposal working like new again.

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If you need help determining whether to repair or replace your Garbage Disposal, you can request a Free Quote. One of our experienced technicians will provide you with a detailed quote and advice on how to proceed. Please note that the response time may vary depending on the technician’s availability, and you can expect to receive a reply anywhere from 15 minutes to 12 hours after your request.