When it comes to doing some DIY garbage disposal repair in Conyers, some of those not-so-easy, oh-so-messy repairs might need a plumber!
Garbage disposal repair in Conyers has just become a hot topic! Why? Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is coming to town at the incredible Fox Theater located in the heart of the city.With such a perfect excuse to have a houseful for dinner first, you’re probably thinking of entertaining! If your garbage disposal gives up right before your big event, you need to know these things before you decide to DIY your garbage disposal repair in Conyers.
Can I Do This Garbage Disposal Repair By Myself?
This is always a touchy question. The truth is, ask the people who know you best. Your dad, your wife, your sister-in-law. Someone who will tell you the truth about your mechanical aptitude. If you’re pretty handy with your tools, you can probably take care of most problems yourself. If you’re not sure, then it’s generally best to call a plumber. Take a look at three of the most common problems with a garbage disposal and see if you aren’t better off letting go of the DIY on this one.
Before You Attempt a DIY Garbage Disposal Repair in Conyers
- Before you attempt any sort of repair on your garbage disposal, make sure there is NO electrical power to the appliance. Unplug the disposal. Better yet, turn off the power at the box.
- Use pliers to remove an object from the disposal. Do not put your hand in the disposal.
- Don’t put metal or rubber in a garbage disposal.
- Do not use chemical drain cleaners in the disposal.
Four Common Garbage Disposal Repairs
- If the motor is humming, or making a whirring noise, but the disposal does not grind, the flywheel could be jammed. Turn it off and wait a few minutes. Look for a red reset button, which may be located on the outside bottom of the appliance. If that doesn’t work, look to see if there is a reverse button. This could knock the jam loose. Finally, check the outside bottom of the disposal to see if there is a socket hole. Insert an Allen wrench and turn it back and forth to move the flywheel manually and dislodge the jam. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call the plumber. The motor bearings in the disposal could be frozen, which means it’s time for a new garbage disposal.
- If your disposal won’t stop running, the on/off switch might need replacing. Disconnect the power and call the plumber.
- If your disposal is leaking there is probably a gasket that needs to be replaced. Call a plumber to check the sink connection to make sure it is snug. The gaskets could need replacing. Next, check the drain connections and check this gasket as well. Finally, there is a third gasket, the housing gasket, that could be the culprit.
- If there is a clog in the sink with the disposal, take it a step at a time. First, disconnect the power to the disposal completely. Next, take apart the trap and use a snake to clear the clog. Put the trap back together and re-engage the power. Run the disposal (with the water running) to make sure the clog has completely cleared.
The average garbage disposal has a lifespan of five to ten years. If your disposal needs replacing or you need other garbage disposal repair in Conyers, contact us today!