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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal
March 09/2021

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is usually a sturdy work of engineering that can last for well over a decade. Generally, after about ten to twelve years of service, the garbage disposal will have to be expired and replaced. Which brings us to a question: What other times is it necessary to replace the unit? Mr. Rooter Plumbing knows a thing or two about garbage disposal replacements and we are here to help. In this article, we’ll review some signs that indicate it is probably time to get a garbage disposal replaced. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey for help.

Abnormal Noises

It makes sense for a garbage disposal to make noises if there is, for example, a piece of silverware stuck in the unit. In such a case, you will have to remove the object by reaching into the unit (make sure the unit is powered off and unplugged!). If there is nothing blocking the blades, the garbage disposal’s own components might be making the sounds. You might be able to make an adjustment if the parts are misaligned and making grinding sounds, but a replacement is also a possibility.

Constant Clogging

A garbage disposal is designed to act against clogs, so it is completely reasonable to be frustrated if the unit is constantly clogging. In fact, constant clogging is a strong sign that the garbage disposal should be replaced. This problem indicates that either the blades are dull or the unit is far undersized for your household’s needs. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is happy to help you determine the right size garbage disposal for your household.

Water Leaks

There is going to be a lot of water running through your garbage disposal and a leak is almost inevitable. You don’t always have to panic when you notice a leak, however. Generally, leaks around the top of the unit are not so severe and can be resolved by replacing a damaged flange or putty seal. The leaks that appear at the bottom of the unit are the ones that strike fear. Those leaks point to a problem with the actual unit itself. There are repair options, but it’s usually more cost-effective to replace the unit.

Not Turning On

The most obvious sign that you need a replacement is a garbage disposal that won’t turn on. But wait! We have some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure the power cord is firmly connected.
  • Reset the respective circuit breaker.
  • Push the reset button found on the bottom of the unit.

If these troubleshooting methods do not get the unit running again, then you might want to call nearby plumbers to replace the unit because it is likely that the electrical components of the unit are damaged.

Who to Call?

Need help repairing or replacing your garbage disposal? Who better to call than Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey? We are available 24 hours a day and can have a plumber at your location in as soon as within thirty minutes!