Waste management is a useful kitchen item that is helpful in reducing waste and faster cleaning. However, they are usually heavily used, so they are prone to problems from time to time. Before calling a professional to sharpen your disc gear again, here are some troubleshooting options that can fix the most common waste problems.
Issue No. 1: Disposal is not switched on
If you turn the switch to start yours waste management and do not hear the familiar hum of the engine, your first reaction may be panic. This probably indicates an electrical problem, and there may be some simple DIY solutions.
First check that the disposal is connected, which surprisingly is the most typical source of the problem. If disposal is involved, go to the next possible solution. Press the reset button, which is usually located at the bottom of the waste disposal unit. If this button is pressed outwards, it means that it was somehow “triggered”
If not, go to the main service panel to see if the switch responsible for waste management was accidentally tripped. If so, reset the lever to reset your disposal.
If you have ruled out all of these potential root causes, it is possible that the problem is a wiring problem. To test this, turn off the switch that drives the waste disposal and locate the switch that drives the unit, usually located either on the wall or under the sink. Remove the switch plate and check that the cable connections are intact. If any wires are loose, tighten them to see if that solves the problem.
If this does not offer a fix, you can try changing the switch. It is possible that it is incorrect and the cause of the disturbance. Turn on the power again and test the disposal. If this does not solve the problem, it is probably time to call a professional.
Issue 2: Disposal of trapped waste
If your disposal begins to buzz and does not grind, it is a sign that it is stuck. Do not worry – there are ways to troubleshoot this yourself. Do not continue to run the disposal if this happens, as it may damage the engine.
To remedy this, disconnect the disposal and first disconnect the power to the mechanism. Then locate a hexagonal hole at the bottom of the waste, under the sink. Use a quarter inch wrench to release the impellers. If your disposal model does not have this hole, put a short broom in the disposal and force it against the knives. Slowly turn the broom to rotate the impeller.
If this does not remove the jam and you suspect that there is something available that is causing the blockage – such as a fruit pit, banana peel or something of that type – use pliers to pull out the material. Never put your hand down. If these efforts do not work to clear the mess, it’s time to call in a plumber and maybe even replace the engine or disposal unit.
Issue # 3: Waste management with slow drainage
Slow drainage is painful and causes a whole mess in your sink. This problem can be caused by a number of reasons, but it is usually attributed to a blockage in the pipe at your disposal. You can remedy this by removing the drain pipe and the outlet pipe to remove the blockage. To do this, start by removing the bolt that holds the outlet pipe available. Then disconnect the drain trap and remove the trap and the drain pipe. Clean any clogs or obstacles.
If there are no clogs, you must move to the branch drain line that connects to the wall. Use a dish drill to clear the obstacle here. Replace the pipes and catch and test your work by draining the water and putting on the waste to ensure that it works properly and drains freely. Never use chemical sewage cleaners or solutions on your waste disposal as they do not work to release clogging and cause more harm than good.
Avoid waste disposal problems
Although these problems can be solved, you undoubtedly want to avoid having them in the first place. Do this by avoiding running fibrous foods such as coffee grounds, eggshells, bones, glass, rubber or metal in your disposal. Also, be careful not to overfill the waste and avoid using chemical sewage cleaners on it.
When using your disposal, run cold water and use a drain strainer to prevent clogs and debris from accumulating in the pipe.
It is easy to keep your rubbish in good condition and even when common problems occur, they can usually be remedied by following the tips above.