Garbage Disposal 101 – A Repair and Replacement Guide

garbage disposal 101The garbage disposal is one of the biggest inventions of the last century. Ask any woman, and she’ll probably tell you she could live without many things including the Internet, but not the garbage disposal. Truth is that a garbage disposal gets a lot of use. It’s normal for a disposal to eventually have repair issues, and you can troubleshoot some of these problems before you call in a professional plumber. However, you have to be very careful with garbage disposal issues. Never put your hand down the hole, especially if the disposal is in the on position.


Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting

OK, before we start with any troubleshooting, I want you to promise me that you will please obey the cardinal rule of “Garbage Disposal Repair”. That is you will never put your hand in the hopper (down the drain into the disposal)!

That being said, let’s take a look at fixing this vital piece of kitchen equipment.


At some point though, your professional plumbing consultant may suggest you replace the old disposal with a new one.  At that point you’ll need to make your purchase based on several factors, and not just on price. The following can serve as a guide when buying a new garbage disposal.

6 Tips for Choosing a Garbage Disposal

There’s no doubt that it’s very useful to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen. However, you need to be sure that you choose the right garbage disposal for your own specific requirements. When you look for a garbage disposal, you will find that there are many models available. Finding the right garbage disposal is quite easy once you know a little bit about them. Remember, as always, that cheap isn’t always the best choice.


Can’t Live Without One

A garbage disposal may be hidden, but it’s still one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. When it comes to fixing it, you’re probably better off calling in a professional plumbing service repairman. Working with disposals can be a bit dangerous, so you don’t really want to tackle this as a DIY project. Besides a professional can also tell you when it’s just not worth it to keep repairing your old disposal, and he can even make suggestions for  a new one.

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