Common Garbage Disposal ProblemsNo equipment ever created is made to withstand the age of time.

Sooner or later the devices you’re enjoying now at home will reach a point where it’ll stop working and no longer serve its purpose. That’s a natural cycle.

However, if your device has not yet outlived its expected lifespan but is already showing signs of malfunction, then you have the right to be worried. But wait!

Don’t just go out and decide to buy a new unit just because it’s not longer working. More often than not, the problem really isn’t a big problem and only needs a few tweaking here and there on your end.

It’s just like when you wake up in the morning with a fever. Before you decide to admit yourself to the hospital, you’ll try to drink some tablets as a precautionary measure.

Same goes for garbage disposal units. They can malfunction at some point. But don’t panic! If you have the basic home repair tools with you, you can more or less resolve the issue in no time.

Below are 2 basic troubleshooting steps for common garbage disposal problems. See if you’re experiencing one!

Disposal unit produces a humming sound

One of the common reasons for this humming sound is an object stuck on the unit’s flywheel. Here’s what you can do:

  • Turn off the disposal unit. Make sure it wouldn’t turn on while you’re working on it.
  • Get a wrench and insert it to the flywheel-turning hole. Turn clockwise until the flywheel turns on its own freely.
  • Turn on the disposal unit.
  • Turn on the faucet to let water run through the drain. Turn off your unit and turn it back on. Repeat the process (of turning on and off). The combination of the flowing water and spinning will hopefully remove whatever caused the jam.

Disposal unit makes no noise at all

Constant humming sound can be a source of worry but a disposal unit that doesn’t make any sound at all could also raise some red flags. Here’s what you can do:

  • Check if the unit is plugged in. It could be that along the way, it was unplugged.
  • Click the reset button. If the button is already popped out, then something must have tripped it. You may just click it again to let your unit run. However, if it trips again, then something must be wrong. Refrain from resetting it again and again.
  • Next, check the circuit breaker. If it’s tripped, you can just reset it and turn on the disposal unit. And if, like the reset button, it trips again, don’t reset it again and again. Most likely, this is an indication of a deeper problem like electrical wiring.
  • If the reset button in not tripped as well as the circuit breaker, then the problem must be on the switch, or your disposal unit. The best thing you can do in this situation is to call an electrician who can do the testing and inspection.

There are other technical glitch your disposal unit may experience from time to time, but the most important thing you have to remember is to always keep a home repair toolkit ready including phone numbers of trusted electrician or plumbers.

You can do basic troubleshooting. But if simple steps could not resolve the issue, then the experts will be your safer choice.

Have you experienced troubleshooting your garbage disposal unit? How did you do it?

Feel free to share them with us!