When garbage disposals are working properly they are an asset and a convenience to the kitchen. Like other home equipment, garbage disposals can develop certain problems. If your disposal starts to show its age, South Bend Appliance Repair in South Bend, Indiana, can help. We can assist you with problems, replacement units, parts and tools for DIY homeowners, as well as repair estimates.CAUTION: In-sink garbage disposals are electrically operated, and break down food waste by mechanical action. Disposals are designed to protect users against injury from flying objects coming back up out of the disposal, protect against electrical shock, and protect against hand injury by limiting/preventing hand access into the disposal. Forcing your hand or fingers or hard or metal objects into the mouth of the disposal to try and clear a jam could result in serious injury. If you are not familiar with how your disposal operates, or are not confident in checking for problems, then call us at South Bend Appliance Repair, and we can advise you on how to proceed.
Garbage disposal hums, but does not operate:
This condition would indicate a jam, either the pump rotor has jammed due to a hard object such as a bone, or the pump motor bearings and bushings have seized.
Procedure: If your garbage disposal has a reverse switch, attempt to reverse the motor. Run water through the sink at the same time. Then, operate in normal forward direction. If this action does not correct the problem: Shut off power to the disposal at your circuit breaker panel. Ensure also that the switch is off at the sink. If available, use the specialty wrench to reverse the disposal drive motor against normal direction of rotation to free a blockage. Using a bright inspection light, look down into the throat of the disposal unit. If a large object is immediately visible, attempt to remove it if it is well within reach of your fingers. If no object is visible, then switch power back on at the circuit breaker, and run water through the sink, and attempt to operate the garbage disposal. If the unit still hums but does not turn, then it requires service, repair, or replacement.
Garbage disposal leak:
In-sink garbage disposals can leak, either at connection points such as the sink flange seal that joins the unit to your sink, drain pipe outlet seals as well as housing seals can leak, along with shaft seals.
If your disposal is leaking, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source.
Turn off electrical power to the disposal at your wall breaker panel. Using a bright inspection light and towels, attempt to isolate the source of your leak. With the sink completely drained, dry off the entire garbage disposal housing. Water coming down the outside from the top would indicate a loose or failed sink flange seal. Quickly check this connection by attempting to wiggle or turn the disposal unit. If the unit has worked loose from vibration, tighten all connections and re-check with running water. Work your way down, and inspect the exterior of the unit for any sign of bulged seals, cracks, or missing fasteners. Finally, check the outlet drain pipe where it connects to your sink drain. When all connections look good, turn the power back on at your circuit breaker, and run water through the sink. check the disposal operation with the water running. It there is only a leak when the disposal is running, or the leak becomes worse when the unit is running, then an internal seal or a housing seal has probably failed, requiring repair or replacement. South Bend Appliance Repair can help with parts and service, as well as replacement units.
Garbage disposal won't work/no power:
If you activate the switch for your disposal, and nothing happens, then the unit has likely overheated and tripped the circuit breaker.
Procedure: Inspect the side or bottom of the garbage disposal unit for a reset breaker switch, and press to reset(if installed). Then, check the wall panel circuit breaker switch, and reset that breaker if/as necessary. Test the main switch. If there is no action from either normal or reverse setting of the switch, then either the disposal has shorted out and needs repair, or the control switch is broken. Consult a technician for testing and diagnosis from that point.
When in doubt on how to proceed with a garbage disposal problem, please feel free to give us a call at South Bend Appliance Repair. We welcome your call, and your business, and we'll be glad to help.