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A garbage disposal makes kitchen cleanup easier and reduces food waste, which has environmental benefits. If the garbage disposal gets clogged or stops working, call O'Leary Plumbing, Heating & Electrical. Our family owned and operated company has provided garbage disposal repair in East Troy and the surrounding communities since 1958.

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When to Fix or Replace a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals often show subtle signs of a problem before breaking down completely. Any reduction in performance or other trouble should be handled right away, because a delay in repairing your unit could result in the need for replacement.

Your garbage disposal is in need of repair when it:

  • Takes too long to grind food – If your disposal is taking longer than a few seconds to grind food, blade sharpening or replacement may be needed.
  • Leaks – If you have noticed water pooling under the sink or on the floor, the garbage disposal or a pipe may need repair.
  • Doesn’t turn on – You can check to make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped before calling a professional for garbage disposal repair or replacement.
  • Strange sounds or odors – If your garbage disposal is suddenly making a loud grinding sound or always smells bad, it is time to schedule professional service.

If you are having any of the above issues or a different problem with your garbage disposal, it is best to call a professional East Troy plumber

Repair for All Garbage Disposal Brands

If your garbage disposal isn’t getting the job done, has a clog, or has stopped working completely, our plumbers provide garbage disposal repair throughout East Troy & beyond for all brands. We start with an expert evaluation of your garbage disposal to uncover the source of the problem and complete the repair as quickly as possible.

The average garbage disposal can be expected to last about 10 years. When your disposal is older than that or repair is not possible, we offer garbage disposal replacement. Generally, a garbage disposal that constantly has to be reset or has a blown motor or corrosion may need to be replaced. Our plumbing technicians can replace your garbage disposal with a high quality unit for reliable performance and durability.

Call (262) 314-4566 or reach out online to schedule service and get your garbage disposal running again. 

Garbage Disposal FAQ

Can You Put Coffee Grounds Down the Garbage Disposal?

While coffee grounds won't necessarily damage a garbage disposal, they should still not be thrown down one. Coffee grounds will clump together within the drain pipe past the disposal unit. The clumped up coffee grounds will clog up the pipes and cause blockages and in some instances water will back up into the sink. For this reason, coffee grounds should always be thrown out in the trash or compost pile and never thrown down the garbage disposal or drain.

Why Is My Garbage Disposal Not Working?

While your garbage disposal may begin exhibiting clear signs that there is a problem with the system, you may be uncertain of the reason behind the breakdown. A faulty motor, loose or worn gaskets or seals, as well as issues with the grinder, flywheel, or impellers, can all cause a garbage disposal to stop working. Additionally, if the system is overloaded, it may impact the disposal’s ability to run properly. 

Another primary reason why garbage disposals stop working is because certain items have been tossed down the disposal, such as coffee grounds which are mentioned above, which can not be properly broken down leading to issues with the systems performance. 

What not to put in a garbage disposal:

  • Grease and fats
  • Onion skins
  • Eggshells
  • Potato peels
  • Stickers from produce items
  • Pasta, rice, oats, or other foods that expand when wet
  • Fruit pits, nuts, meat bones, seafood shells, and other harder foods that can damage the blades
  • Celery, corn husks, pumpkin, and other stringy or fibrous foods that can twist and get stuck around the disposal 

How Do You Maintain a Garbage Disposal?

A malfunctioning garbage disposal is frustrating and inconvenient. Unfortunately, a garbage disposal that is not properly maintained is more likely to break down and wear out faster. If you want to maximize the life of your unit and minimize the need for repair, treat the disposal with care. Avoid overfilling the disposal and keep pasta, corn husks, potato skins, and other fibrous food waste out of the disposal.

Keep your garbage disposal in good shape by following a few simple maintenance tips:

  • Use cold water when grinding food
  • Run the water before, during, and after running the disposal
  • Grind ice in the garbage disposal to help keep it clean
  • Clean the unit with soapy water
  • Put citrus peels through the disposal to prevent unpleasant odors

Caring for your garbage disposal will help it run more reliably, but problems can still happen. Any malfunction or performance issues should be dealt with immediately. If you notice a slow drain or the disposal taking longer to grind food waste, call to schedule repair to prevent bigger problems from developing.

How Long Do Garbage Disposals Last?

Garbage disposals typically have a lifespan of around 10 to 15 years, depending on various factors such as usage frequency, maintenance, and the quality of the unit. With proper care and regular maintenance, a garbage disposal can last on the longer end of the spectrum. However, frequent misuse, neglect, or lack of maintenance can significantly reduce its lifespan.

Factors that can affect the longevity of a garbage disposal include overloading it with excessive food waste, disposing of non-food items, such as plastic or metal, into the unit, using harsh chemicals or grinding hard materials like bones or fibrous foods, and neglecting to clean and maintain the unit regularly.

Regular maintenance includes cleaning the unit to prevent buildup of food debris and using ice cubes or citrus peels to help clean the blades. Avoiding putting excessive strain on the motor by not overloading the unit and using cold water while running it can also help extend its lifespan.

If your garbage disposal is clogged or not working right, contact us at (262) 314-4566 to request garbage disposal repair in East Troy. 

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