When Does a Home Need Garbage Disposal Repair?

Three Signs of a Failing Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are one of the fantastic modern tools that makes it easier to keep the kitchen clean. This hidden appliance grinds organic waste, allowing it to be put down the drain and travel safely through the pipes instead of going into the trash. With faulty garbage disposals, the food waste going down the drain may not be ground enough and cause problems for the plumbing, such as clogs. 

Like any other part of the house, a garbage disposal may occasionally need repair or may give out completely. Homeowners should not settle for half-functioning garbage disposals and get garbage disposal repair or replacement if the symptoms that are discussed in the following paragraphs are noticed.

Humming, Screeching, and Other Unusual Noises


While these appliances are not known for being quiet when they are operating, the garbage disposal that normally makes a grinding and whirring sound may change its tune if something has gone wrong. Some sounds indicating problems with the garbage disposal are:

  • Clanking: This can mean that a utensil has fallen into the disposal. A homeowner should quickly turn the disposal off and remove the silverware.
  • Humming: Garbage disposal humming usually happens when it is turned on, but it does not seem to be working. This typically means that it is jammed, and the blades cannot move. This safety feature can sometimes be fixed by hitting the reset button on the bottom of the appliance.
  • Screeching: This loud metallic sound usually means something is out of place or broken inside the unit or the motor has a problem. Homeowners should not use their disposal if it makes noises like this, as it could make things worse.

Slowing Down and Not Functioning Well

Poor performance is a sure sign that the garbage disposal has an issue or is nearing the end of its functional life. Several scenarios can signal poor performance of the unit. If it is taking longer than it should to do its job, it is frequently becoming clogged, or a homeowner must use the garbage disposal reset button often, then the garbage disposal in question should be looked at by a professional. 

There is no reason to put up with partially functional and ineffective garbage disposals when a professional can fix or replace them. When the garbage disposal is experiencing these performance issues, it can also cause problems for the plumbing, so fixing them quickly is important. 

Bad Odors


A garbage disposal that is experiencing problems can also stink up the kitchen. Bad garbage disposal smells can be attributed to several things, and sometimes it is just a matter of cleaning them to remove any food stuck on the blades. Still, sometimes there is a more significant problem that needs addressing. 

Bad smells could indicate the garbage disposal is jammed or clogged with food or could point to a clog in the piping below the garbage disposal that may have been caused by the garbage disposal not working well enough to grind food waste sufficiently to travel through the pipes. 

About Scott Plumbing

Scott Plumbing is a local family-owned and operated business serving Huntsville and the surrounding communities. They provide straightforward pricing, same-day service, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for kitchen plumbing and garbage disposal services in Huntsville, AL

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