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Does My Garbage Disposal Need To Be Replaced?

Garbage disposal installed underneath a sinkGarbage disposals are a modern kitchen’s unsung heroes. They grind up leftovers, simplify cleanup, and help keep our kitchens smelling fresh. However, like all hardworking appliances, disposals wear out over time. If you’ve heard strange noises or noticed inefficiencies, consider whether your garbage disposal needs replacing. But how do you determine that? At Faszold Heating & Cooling, we’ll help you understand the life of your disposal.

Is it time for a garbage disposal tune-up or replacement? Get in touch with the experts at Faszold to schedule your appointment. Call (314) 656-7399 today.

How To Tell if Your Disposal Isn’t Working Right

Sometimes, our disposals send us clear signals they aren’t working right or even signs they need replacement. Here are a few telltale signs:

  • Unpleasant odors: Persistent bad smells after thorough cleaning can indicate trapped debris or aging blades.
  • Frequent resets: If you’re constantly hitting the reset button, there’s likely an underlying problem.
  • Poor grinding: Older units may struggle to grind as effectively, leading to frequent clogs.
  • Unusual noises: Rattling or loud grinding can signify internal damage or something stuck inside.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to consider a replacement for your garbage disposal.

Common Issues With Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are sturdy, but they aren’t immune to issues. Some common problems include:

  • Jammed grinders: Foreign objects or tough food remnants can jam the system.
  • Dull blades: Over time, blades can dull, reducing efficiency.
  • Leakage: As seals age, they can deteriorate and cause leaks beneath the sink.
  • Overheating: If the disposal isn’t properly maintained or is overused, it might overheat.

Understanding the common issues with garbage disposals can help homeowners take proactive measures to extend the life span of their units. Regular maintenance and being mindful of what goes down the disposal will keep it running efficiently for years to come.

Benefits of a New System

While upgrading your garbage disposal might feel like just another item on your to-do list, investing in a new system has strong advantages. Newer models prioritize energy efficiency, which translates to savings on your electricity bills. Additionally, the advancements in modern disposals mean they boast sharper blades and improved technology, guaranteeing a smoother grind. With the advanced insulation these contemporary models have, you can expect a significant reduction in operational noise, leading to a more peaceful kitchen environment.

When To Call a Plumber

While some garbage disposal issues might be solved with a quick DIY fix, others demand the attention of a professional. If you notice persistent problems even after trying to fix them yourself or if the disposal is old and frequently causing trouble, it’s time to consult a plumber.

DIY solutions can sometimes even make issues worse if not done right, leading to costlier repairs down the line. Remember, Faszold Heating & Cooling isn’t just a top-rated HVAC company in St. Charles and St. Louis County. We’re also seasoned plumbing experts. Our plumbing services are designed to keep your home running smoothly. When in doubt, always lean on professional expertise to ensure top-quality appliance repairs.

Need an expert opinion on your garbage disposal? Call Faszold at (314) 656-7399 to schedule your service today!

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