The holiday season is now approaching, which means that a large number of homeowners in Canada will likely be hosting houseguests, hosting dinners and parties, and even having members of their own families stay in their homes. In preparation for these joyous occasions, it is essential, of course, that all of the household appliances be in good working order. Unfortunately, one should never put all of their faith in this. Consider the garbage disposal; it would be quite inconvenient to have a broken garbage disposal over the winter holidays, but there is no way to predict when a family’s garbage disposal will break down.
The good news is that there are only a limited number of factors that can trigger the malfunction of a garburator. If you know the problem, you can more easily figure out the answer. As a result of this, we have compiled a list of some of the most prevalent reasons why garburators stop working properly.
The Top Reasons:
Because your garbage disposal uses electricity, it stands to reason that a garbage disposal that suddenly stops working might not actually be broken at all; rather, the issue might be an electrical one. To be more specific, the offending component could be a blown fuse. It is recommended that you check the breaker box before attempting any additional troubleshooting on the garbage disposal, as resetting the switch is an obvious and straightforward solution to the problem.
In the event that this does not work, you should investigate the possibility that the motor of the garbage disposal has become overheated. Even if you just want to check the temperature of the motor, it is not a good idea to put your hand inside a garbage disposal at any time. Instead, you may merely wait for the motor to cool down for twenty minutes, hit the reset button, and then give it another shot. One more time, this is something that could be fixed rather easily.
Checking the flywheel is the next thing to do because it is possible for it to become stuck at times. This is especially true if you have dropped something heavy down the drain by accident, such as a bottle cap. Again, you should not put your hand down into the garbage disposal. Instead, use the handle of a wooden spoon to try to move the flywheel in the garbage disposal. This may help to shake loose whatever is causing the clog.
Alternately, the blades of the garbage disposal may have been caked with rust and mineral deposits to the point that they no longer turn in the correct manner. To clean them, pour some white vinegar down the drain and let it run for at least a minute and a half while the garbage disposal is operating. In the event that this does not work, perhaps adding a pinch of baking soda to your white vinegar might be helpful.
In light of all of this, it’s possible that the issue you’re having with your garbage disposal won’t be easy to fix. Garburators eventually quit working because these home appliances are not designed to last forever and can’t be repaired. If none of these suggestions seem to work, it may be time to give us a call at MODAL – The Reliable Plumbing Company; we are delighted to remove defective garbage disposals and install new ones for residents all throughout the Vancouver area.