We all know that food we put down the sink just magically disappears, right? Our garbage disposals are the unsung heroes of our kitchens, but even they can struggle at times. If you want to keep your kitchen sink pipes flowing smoothly and healthily, you need to pay attention to the signs your garbage disposal is showing.
Gotelli Plumbing is here to help you recognize the most common signs that your garbage disposal is failing. Plus, we’re here for you if the best solution is to pursue a garbage disposal replacement or installation.
Decrease in Performance
Your garbage disposal may begin to decrease in efficiency or performance over time. The blades that break down food may become blunt and need to be sharpened or replaced altogether.
There is a reset button on your garbage disposal that can be used to recover from unusual situations, but if you find yourself needing to reset it often, you may need to look into garbage disposal installation. Also, if you notice your disposal turns on or off by itself while in use, it might have problems with the electrical components.
Your garbage disposal could also exhibit several problems that need repairs or professional expertise. Pay attention if your disposal shows any of these signs:
- Unusual Noises – If any new noises start to sound in your garbage disposal – especially metal noises – there is something wrong. Making sure the disposal is off, check the disposal for any silverware to clear out. If the area is clear then your disposal might have a mechanical issue.
- Frequent Clogs – It is normal for your disposal to clog every now and then, but if you are noticing your system clogging more frequently than normal you could have a problem. You might need a higher capacity model, or a simple mechanical fix.
- Foul Odors – When particles of food get stuck in your disposal, they can cause bad smells to come from your sink. After you’ve tried to clean the system with natural cleaners, you may need professional help to take apart the unit and find the source of the smell.
- Water Leaks – Over time, the seals in your disposal may lead to water seepage that could leak out and pool under your cabinets. These leaks are often mistaken for other appliance leaks and can get large enough to require a system replacement.
Your disposal may not be giving you any problems, but it’s important to remember during a planned renovation. If you are upgrading other pieces in your kitchen, it’s a great time to upgrade or replace your garbage disposal. This will ensure that your disposal can function efficiently with the rest of your kitchen.
Gotelli Garbage Disposal Installation
If you’re in need of garbage disposal services, choose a team that you can trust. Our technicians are dedicated to your kitchen health and functionality – that includes helping you recognize when your disposal is malfunctioning. When you need garbage disposal installation, give us a call!