Our Irving garbage disposal repair team has seen hundreds of unique problems with garbage disposals.
In general, they can be broken down into four major categories – a humming sound when turned on, a clogged drain line, a leak or a unit that won't turn on.
One of the easiest to detect and repair problems that we come across as Irving garbage disposal technicians is a humming garbage disposal. This is usually a sign that the rotary blades are stuck. The motor disengages from the gear wheel and spins like the clutch in a car. This happens when a large piece of food or debris gets caught behind a blade and prevents it from spinning. The blade safety switch is tripped, disengaging the gear wheel so the blade will not spin. Turning off the disposal and carefully removing the object from behind the blade should fix the problem. If there is nothing impeding the blade, the gear wheel may be broken and in need of replacement.
Clogged sinks are particularly frequent with potato and cucumber peels, although any food product could potentially cause them. This happens when long, thin, fibrous materials slip past the blades without being chopped into smaller pieces. They stop up the drain line. The clog can be removed by loosening the drain pipe and physically removing the jam. If the sink is full you'll need a bucket to catch the water once the clog is cleared.
Our Irving plumbing team has seen several leaky garbage disposal units. If the leak is located at the union of the garbage disposal and the drain line, it is a rubber seal problem.
Older seals tend to crack and leak after several years, other times they simply slip out of place and need to be readjusted. If the leak is in the top of the unit where the seal meets the sink drain, you will need a new unit. These seals cannot be replaced without entirely rebuilding the unit.
If a disposal doesn't turn on it is either because the internal breaker has been tripped or the motor has burned out. With the absence of a burnt rubber smell, it is likely that the breaker was tripped and can be reset by pressing the red button on the bottom of the unit. If this doesn't work the problem is electrical in nature and will probably mean a new disposal is needed. If you're still stumped as to why your garbage disposal isn't working, call our Irving garbage disposal experts. We're available 24 hours a day.