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Common Garbage Disposal Problems
Garbage disposals are designed to help you avoid drain clogs in the kitchen by chopping up soft food waste before it is washed down the drain. However, like any machine, garbage disposals are subject to normal wear and tear and eventually might experience problems. Additionally, disposals are often misused, which can lead to problems.
Garbage disposal problems are most commonly caused by:
Old, worn-out disposals
Lack of maintenance
The most common problem associated with garbage disposals is a jammed motor. Jammed motors happen when large items, whether food waste or some other debris, becomes trapped in the disposal and stops it from working properly. It’s always best to be mindful of what you put down the drains, as this is one of the best ways to prevent jamming. When excessive waste is put through garbage disposals, it affects the disposal’s ability to work properly and can lead to jams. Additionally, you should avoid putting unapproved items down the disposal, including non-food waste.
Leaks are another major problem that can arise with garbage disposals. The pipes connected to the garbage disposal, as well as the actual body of the disposal, can leak. If the body of your unit is leaking, this often means you will need to replace it.