How often do you use your garbage disposal at home? Every after meal? Every time you’re done cooking? Don’t worry because it’s really not an issue if you use it regularly or frequently. What you’ll have to think about are your water and electricity consumption (because of course, you’ll be using these whenever you grind something in your machine). Aside from the added fees on your bills, you should also keep in mind that the appliance’s usage entails proper care and maintenance. Never forget the food items and waste materials that should not be ground in the system. Never fail to clean it regularly. Never forget to run water through it after using. Otherwise, neglect will result to your machine getting clogged or worse, damaged. So in case your disposer is experiencing problems at the moment, read on and learn how you can fix it!
CLOGGED GARBAGE DISPOSAL
1. In case the machine is clogged, turn it off first before doing anything. You should also shut the circuit breaker down to ensure that you won’t get into any accident (say something like electrocution). Get your machine’s manual and follow the steps that are indicated there. If the suggested fixes don’t resolve the issue, move on to the next step.
2. Get the hex wrench that came with your garbage disposal. For some, it is known as the hex key. Remove your drain’s cover or screen trap. Use your handy dandy flashlight to peek into the system and try to locate the clog.
3. Once you see it, insert the hex wrench into the disposal. You may also use the handle of a wooden spoon in case you don’t have a wrench. Once it is positioned inside, rock it from side to side, just in between the blades, in the hopes of loosening any waste material that got stuck in the machine.
4. If there are hard objects in the system, try to pull them out using a pair of tongs or tweezers. You may also try to force them down with the help of hoses. Once you’ve gotten rid of the blockage, turn the power on and test the disposal.
BLADES ARE NOT MOVING
1. If your disposer’s blades are not even moving even if you have removed the blockage, you’ll have to check its flywheel. That could be the case if you notice that there’s some sort of leakage at the bottom of the machine. Just remember not to let the system run for more than 10 minutes because it might burn the motor.
2. Once again, make sure that the garbage disposal is off as well as your circuit breaker. Locate the hex holes of the machine and use your hex wrench to detach the flywheel. Once done, get rid of any debris that has accumulated there.
3. If you think that there’s also a problem with your blade, disconnect the hose fittings and get rid of any debris in the impellers. Check your manual and verify if it’s possible to sharpen the machine’s blades. If it’s okay, go ahead and do so. That will prevent clogging in the future.
4. Reassemble the garbage disposal and test again.
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