Fix Your Garbage Disposal The Easy Way
Electrical Garbage Disposal Repair Tips
There are two significant issues you can look at for garbage disposal repair. The first issue is electrical and the second issue is mechanical. Electrical is probably the easiest to troubleshoot, but harder to actually fix if something serious is wrong. Mechanical issues are actually the opposite, they are a little harder to troubleshoot but are often more simple to address. There are some extremely simple things you can do to fix the electrical portion of your garbage disposal, so I will quickly cover those and write a different article on the mechanical solutions.
When you are repairing a garage disposal you are going up against about a hundred-dollar risk. This hundred dollars (okay so maybe two) is probably about what it would cost to replace the entire unit. The last thing you want to do is call a repair man to do all the things that you can do in fifteen minutes just to discover that you indeed need to replace your garbage disposal. Doing a little trouble shooting will save you from calling a garbage disposal repair man or a plumber who will probably come up with the same solutions you can easily come up with and then write you a bill for $150.
Your first task is the one I hate telling people. Make sure it's plugged in. You be surprised how easy it is to accidentally kick out the plug or perhaps it just loosened from the socket over time. If there is absolutely no noise coming out, that is your first issue to check. The second problem to check is the electrical reset button located typically on the very bottom of the disposal unit. It is usually a small red spring-loaded button. Hold it down for a moment, release and check your disposal again. Still nothing? Well these the two most common steps that fix 75% of electrical issues with your disposal. So congratulations you are a lucky one!
The next step is a little more involved, but much more cost-effective than purchasing a brand new garbage disposal. Checking the electrical stability of the switch is your next best bet. This requires some electrical skill so if you don't already know what you're doing, I suggest you void this step. The only other option is internal electrical damage to the disposal. In this case, you garbage disposal is probably repairable, but it will almost certainly be cheaper to buy a new one.