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Common Causes of Garbage Disposal Failure

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Your garbage disposal is an essential component of a functioning kitchen. Disposal problems are inconvenient and at times just plain messy. A malfunctioning system could lead to unwanted kitchen odors and poor hygiene.

It’s important to remember that disposals do break down, just like any other appliance. We’ve highlighted some of the common causes of garbage disposal failure below.

It Wasn’t Installed Correctly

Chances are when you moved into your home, you inherited the garbage disposal that was already in your kitchen. If it wasn’t installed correctly to begin with, the garbage disposal could wear down faster, and could fail.

Grease and Fat Were Poured Down the Drain

The problem with grease and fatty particles is that they harden as they cool off in the drain. Eventually this causes a buildup and it can jam the flywheel in your disposal.

Garbage Disposal Is Used for Tough Items

Chicken bones, potato skins, eggshells, and even large food crumbs can eventually wear down your garbage disposals blades, and can also cause drain clogs. Remember that no garbage disposal is indestructible.

If you suspect your garbage disposal is failing, there are a few things you can check for. If it’s not turning on at all, be sure to check your fuse box or circuit breakers first to ensure it’s not an electrical issue.

If that’s not the issue, you can check to see if anything is jamming the disposal, such as utensils or hard foods, etc. Do not use your hand to check! The best thing to use is pliers or tongs. Of course, if there is no obvious jam or your sink is backed up, it may be time to call for help.

Call Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment for quality garbage disposal services in West Hartford, CT.

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