Proper Garbage Disposal Replacement

garbage-disposal-replacementDo you have a garbage disposal at home? How often do you use it? Your garbage disposal system is exposed to a lot of waste materials that may eventually clog your drain pipes. Aside from drain clogs, other problems that you may sooner or later encounter include jamming, no power issues and in worst cases, complete malfunction. In case you unfortunately discover that your machine needs immediate replacement already, here’s a short yet complete description of how it is done.

1. First things, first. You have to disconnect the drain pipe from the garbage disposal machine. To accomplish this task, you’ll have to get your pliers and loosen the clamp that keeps the drain pipe in place. When you’re done, detach the tube from the appliance.

2. Carefully pull the unit off its mounting nut. Get rid of the debris and water that you’ll uncover. Turn the garbage disposal machine upside-down and get rid of the plate that covers the appliance’s electrical wires. You’ll see some grounding screw and nuts there. Remove them all and then carefully pull the wire out of the machine. Then, loosen the strain relief sleeve if you happen to have one.

3. Afterward, detach the old mounting assembly as well as the drain. Remove the screw of the mounting ring and then push the sink drain flange up to fit through the drain hole. If you see any leftover plumber’s putty on the sink, remove it with a putty knife or any similar tool. If your replacement unit is the same model as the old one, you don’t have to get rid of the mounting hardware.

4. Now get a rubber seal and install it on the drain flange’s underside. If your unit doesn’t have a rubber seal, you can use plumber’s putty instead. Push the flange into the drain hole and then place another rubber seal on the underside of the sink. Assemble the backup metal ring, ensuring that its flat side faces upward. Remember that most garbage disposals make use of metal mounts but some also use plastic. Read the user’s manual to guarantee correct installation.

5. When you’re done with the above, attach the mounting ring with the use of three screws that came with the package. Push the ring up and secure it with a snap. Tighten the screws until the parts are secured and evenly installed.

6. If you are going to connect your new unit to a dishwasher, get a hammer and a screwdriver. Use these tools to detach the knock out plug. Once again, turn the garbage disposal upside-down and shake it a little bit. Make sure that you’ll get rid of anything that’s inside the unit.  Remove the plate that covers the electrical wires and then pull the wire away from the machine.

7. Afterward, secure the strain relief sleeve and then push the electrical cable through it. Tighten the sleeve.

8. Splice the electrical wires and then connect them with the use of the wire nuts. Don’t forget to connect the ground wire to the screw on the machine. When you’re done, put the plate back on the machine.

9. Twist the garbage disposal into the mounting nut. Rotate it until it is aligned properly. Afterward, connect the drain arm and the drainpipe of the dishwasher. Turn the faucet on and let water run through the machine. Check the machine for leaks. If you don’t find any, turn the garbage disposal machine on.

We hope that you enjoyed reading our blog on garbage disposal replacement. If you need yours replaced, it is best to call the most reliable Cohasset plumbers. Plumbers 911 Boston provides reliable emergency plumbing services in Cohasset MA including plumbing appliances installation, plumbing fixture repair, faucet repair, fire sprinkler service, sub-metering and many more! Call us at (877) 754-2139 to schedule a service!

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Posted on: August 6, 2015