Composting isn’t your thing (or maybe it is, but you’re just not as fanatical about it as others). Having stinky garbage isn’t your thing, either. Garbage disposals have helped keep kitchens smelling like roses for years. They chew up those food scraps with ease, ensuring your garbage is kept to a minimum. Your kids use it to prove they really did eat all their broccoli, and there’s no better place for your Aunt Myrna’s “famous” fruit bread than down the drain and into the garbage disposal.
But what happens when your garbage disposal fills up? All those scraps, scrapings and excess food bits start to build up. Suddenly that funky aroma isn’t coming from the bin, but from your sink. The longer you put off getting this repaired, the worse it gets.
Peter’s Appliances, just like a garbage disposal, has a tough job but someone’s got to do it. Whether your garbage disposal just isn’t giving it 100 percent anymore or it’s totally gone on strike, leave it to Peter’s to clean things up.
Really Grinding Your Gears
One of the most common issues is a lack of power, which can be fixed by checking circuit breakers and fuse boxes. Some garbage disposals have a power button on the bottom, which can be accessed below the sink. Usually red, this reset button can get accidentally pushed and this is an easy fix you can do yourself. However, if resetting it doesn’t work (or there’s a jam involved), it’s time to call in the experts.
If there’s a clicking sound when you press the restart button, there’s likely a jam. Leave this to the professionals—there’s a reason garbage disposals play a significant role in horror movies, and this is one instance where you don’t want to play the lead. However, if there’s no clicking sounds, you likely have a burned out motor. Repairs might be possible, but a replacement can be a more cost-effective solution.
If you regularly get jams, it might be because you’re asking too much of your garbage disposal. Even the most Herculean efforts are no match for leaves, bones, glass or husks. Leaky garbage disposals can arise from drain connections that aren’t flawless or a rubber gasket that’s worn out. A tight ring fit at the sink flange is crucial, and sometimes seals can just work themselves loose.
No matter what the issue, if it’s more complex than pressing the reset button, it’s time to call in reinforcements. At Peter’s Appliances, we’ve truly seen it all from GI Joes taking a dive into the disposal to kids (and kids at heart) trying to hide their veggies down the drain to get to dessert. We don’t judge—we just fix, repair or replace to get your kitchen up to speed.