All types of garbage disposal units have a standard installation and disassembling method. The only exceptions are those commercial types of disposal units which have either a permanent or semi-permanent mounting fixtures.
The good news is, everyone who has the necessary tools and prior ‘do-it-yourself’ experience can do the disassemble process.
If it’s your first time doing so, you may ask the assistance of a family member to perform the following steps:
- Turn off your disposal unit and the main circuit. Make sure that there’s no power on your disposal unit. The last thing we want to happen is to injure yourself while doing the disassembling process.
- Locate the water valve underneath the kitchen sink. It’s the one that feeds water and is of close proximity to the garbage disposal.
- Turn the valve clockwise until it’s tightly closed.
- Using a wrench, disconnect the water pipes from the garbage disposal. You can do this by turning the cuffs until the pipes slip away from the unit.
- Using a screwdriver, remove the collar mounting ring away from the sink. You can do this by slipping the screwdriver underneath where you can loosen the collar mounting.
- Get a large monkey wrench and use it to slowly twist the garbage disposal unit. While twisting, push it upwards as well to make it easier for the unit to come apart.
- Continue twisting until the other parts: hopper, clamping ring, motor housing gasket, impeller, and shredder housing comes off.
- Should there be any part which refuses to come off, use a WD-40 to loosen it up.
There you have it! Step by step guide to disassemble your garbage disposal units! You may now go ahead and proceed with whatever you plan to do next.
Just a little reminder, when you do the process, make sure that you have the necessary tools, protective gadgets and first aid kit just to be sure.
Also, if you don’t have any experience in doing quick fixes with devices before, it’s advisable that you call in someone on your family who can help. Doing it by yourself when you’re not confident and not sure on what exactly to do may only end up disassembling the wrong way.
When to disassemble?
As mentioned on the introduction, common reasons why you disassemble a disposal unit is when you plan to have a new one installed or you need to do a quick fix.
You disassemble when basic troubleshooting doesn’t work and a more careful scrutiny on the interior parts of the unit is needed.
You also disassemble is you suspect that rust is starting to develop in some areas of the unit too difficult to remove by simple wiping.
Disassembling is one of the easiest how-to guides about disposal units. But it could also become complicated if you don’t follow the steps well.
Have you ever tried disassembling a garbage disposal unit before? What were the challenges that you encountered?