Is It Time for a New Garbage Disposal?

garbage disposal with food scraps in sink

You’ve kept it clean, run cold water to help wash out debris and even deep cleaned your garbage disposal with baking soda and vinegar but, as with any appliance, there comes a time when it simply has to be replaced.

Most disposals can last up to 15 years if they are properly maintained. So, if your appliance is nearing that threshold, here are five ways to determine if it’s time to give up the fight and get a new one. Or simply give us a call at Petri Plumbing & Heating today!

1. Strange or unusual noises

If you’ve turned off the power to the unit and checked inside to find nothing obstructing the blades yet the disposal is still making odd noises, it may be time to call a professional plumber or consider a replacement.

2. It has a bad odor that won’t go away

You’ve tried orange peels, baking soda and professional foam cleaners, but the smell is persistent. You can call in an expert to dislodge the trapped debris, but if your appliance is nearing 15 years old, it might be time to simply replace it. Be sure to head over to our previous post about “3 Easy Ways to Fight Garbage Disposal Smells“!

3. You have to press the reset button frequently

This is something you should seldom have to do with a healthy garbage disposal. If you’re having to do this on a regular basis, your disposal is not long for the world.

4. Water is leaking from the disposal

Over time, your unit may develop cracks which causes leaks. When this happens, trying to repair the unit is usually pointless. It’s better to get a new one, especially if the disposal is nearing the end of its lifespan.

5. Your garbage disposal won’t turn on

This is usually an indication that there is a serious problem with the unit. If you’ve hit the reset button and checked the circuit breaker and the problem persists, it’s time to retire your appliance.

Garbage Disposal Help from Trusted Brooklyn Plumbers

Your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can always be counted on to check your disposal and determine if it can be saved. We can investigate its issues and determine if it’s in your best interest to repair it or replace the unit.

We can help you choose the garbage disposal that’s the right size and power for your sink and your family’s needs and use. Simply call us today and we’ll be happy to help you find an efficient solution.

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