How to Fix Your Garbage Disposal

plumber working on garbage disposal

How to Fix Your Garbage Disposal

Repairing your home's garbage disposal is simple if you know where to look. You will need a screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and Allen wrench. If any parts are broken, you will need to buy replacements from a hardware or plumbing store.

Reset the Garbage Disposal First

Start by resetting the broken garbage disposal. Most models shut down to prevent overheating. Look for a raised red button or switch on the unit's bottom. Reset the button or switch and try the garbage disposal again. If this doesn't work, make sure the garbage disposal has power from the house.

Make Sure the Garbage Disposal is Plugged In

Verify that the power cord is hooked into a working outlet. Test the outlet with another small appliance. If the second appliance doesn't work, examine the house's breaker switch. Call a qualified electrician if the breaker is on, but the disposal still has no electricity.

Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal still functions but leaks water, the plumbing connections may be faulty. Tighten the drainpipe to the disposal unit's bottom. If this doesn't work, you may need to replace the gasket. It must be entirely replaced if water is leaking from the top of the machine. Contact a plumber to replace a broken garbage disposal.

Cleaning Out a Clogged Garbage Disposal

Before clearing any clogs:

  1. Turn off the waste disposal's electricity.
  2. Disconnect the power cord or turn off the breaker for the kitchen outlets.
  3. Remove any food or debris from the broken garbage disposal.
  4. Hand-turn the blades to ensure free movement.
  5. Insert an Allen wrench into the bottom of the disposal unit's hex-shaped hole. This lets you manually turn the disposal's blades to clear any clogs.

Unclogging garbage disposal is straightforward and may not require a plumber's help. If you've followed all the instructions, it's time to call a plumber.