Does your garbage disposal need replacement or merely repair? You can recognize the warning signs of serious problems if you know what to look for. Calling for minor repairs or maintenance at any sign of trouble may help prolong the life of your unit. But, as with any appliance, you may want to consider replacement at some point. Following are some signs that now may be the time to think about purchasing a new disposal.
Issues with the motor are sure signs that you need to replace your garbage disposal. But how can you tell if you have a motor problem?
You may think your disposal is broken if it will not turn on, but you could be wrong. You may be able to press the reset button on the bottom of the unit or flip the circuit breaker to get the unit working again. If those don’t fix the problem, the motor may have a fault. Another indicator of possible motor issues is excessive or unusual grinding sounds or a great deal of vibration.
Issues with How the Disposal Runs
Even if your disposal is not showing obvious signs of damage, you may want to consider replacement if is not running optimally. Though garbage disposals are generally designed to last about 10 to 12 years, wear and tear through regular use can cause them to work less effectively and run more slowly. Likewise, improper use will result in premature failure.
If your household routinely does a large amount of cooking, it may be a good idea to replace your garbage disposal with a model that has greater horsepower to better handle the job.
Some problems with garbage disposals can be easily repaired. For example, if the flywheel becomes stuck due to something being lodged in the unit, a repair expert can remove the item to restore functionality. Or, if the disposal springs a leak at the sink flange, dishwasher connection or discharge drainpipe, an experienced disposal repair technician can tighten the bolts and clamps.
But if these or other repair issues occur frequently, it may be time to replace your disposer. Repeated problems with any home appliance is a definite sign that you need to purchase a new model soon.
Not sure if your disposal needs repairs or if you should just buy a new one? Schedule a free consultation with the professionals at Complete Appliance Repair in Bountiful, Utah. Our experienced technicians can troubleshoot the problem and recommend the most economical approach to repair or replacement. Call us today if you suspect it’s time to replace your garbage disposal.