Here’s what you need to know about replacing your garbage disposal
You’re doing the dishes and finishing up when you flip on the garbage disposal to hear a strange whining sound – it’s certainly not grinding anything up, that’s for sure. So, you do your research, and you find out that it could actually be any number of things. But, how do you decide what the problem actually is, and how do you decide what steps to take next? Read below about garbage disposal problems and whether or not you should replace or repair the disposal unit that’s under your sink.
Common Garbage Disposal Problems
Garbage disposal problems can be confusing and cause other problems in the kitchen such as drainage backups, rotten odors and more. Unfortunately, the nature of this appliance means it’s prone to a wide range of issues, and it must be thoroughly taken care of to ensure it functions properly for a long time. Here are some of the most common reasons that garbage disposals break.
- Clogged with food/food waste
- Broken motor and other components
- Electrical problem
- Jammed with silverware/kitchen utensils
Repair or Replacement
After you’ve found and identified the problem, you’ll have to figure out whether you’re going to repair or replace your unit. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult decision to make due to the cost of a replacement. Here’s how you can make a more informed choice.
When to Repair
It should be your choice to repair when the problem is minor and the maintenance or repairs are cheap. With garbage disposals, many times it’s simply a case of pressing the reset button and plugging and unplugging the unit. Because garbage disposals are prone to breaking, you may not have fewer problems even with a new model, so if you can repair it make that your goal.
When to Replace
You should replace your disposal when the repairs are too complicated and expensive compared to the cost of a replacement unit. The cost of a new garbage disposal could be $150 – $200 or more plus installation costs. Contact a trained professional to help with installation to ensure it’s done right the first time!