Garbage Disposal Issues

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garbage disposal unitIt is not uncommon for food or other waste to be emptied into the garbage disposal, the top opens and the disposer does the rest. The next day, you want to use the trash crusher and it does not work. What can you do? The first thing you want to do is to avoid putting anything else in the crusher – and that includes your hands or fingers. Certainly you can use a flashlight to look and determine if something is stuck in the rotating knife. However, do not put your hand on the crusher even if the unit is turned off. If the knives are tangled around something and you release it, It could cut off your fingers.

Restarting Your Garbage Disposal?

Well, you turn on the crusher and hear nothing. Whats Next? First make sure you do not hear a buzz. If you do not hear a buzz, make sure the crusher is connected. If it is connected, find the reset button – typically located at the bottom of the unit. Press the reset button (very often it will be red) and see if it turns on. If the crusher still does not work, check the circuit breaker on the electrical panel of your home. If the circuit breaker has tripped, fix it and try to turn on the trash crusher

Other Problems

If you have checked the reset button and the unit is connected and the circuit breaker has not tripped, you may have a trashed trash crusher or a problem with the switch that powers the unit. If you know how to replace the switch from your garbage disposer (usually located on the wall under the sink), you can change the plug / switch and see if that makes up the problem. If not, it could be that you have an internal problem with the trash crusher unit.

Decomposed Garbage Crushers

There are situations where even the best garbage disposals get an obstruction  that can interfere with proper operation and drainage. If you are not sure what the cause of your garbage disposal problem is, and ask to speak to a licensed plumber and they will surely be able to help you.