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    Why Won't My Garbage Disposal Run?

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016  |  Smoak's Comfort Control

    Plumber inspecting garbage disposal in cabinets under kitchen sink

    Plumbing experts around the country get daily service requests and inquiries referring to malfunctioning garbage disposals, so if yours stopped working when you needed it the most, don’t panic, you are not the only one dealing with this mess.

    The following scenarios should help you figure out what the problem is and how it can be solved. Before testing them, remember that there are professional services available to cover everything you are not sure about or would rather avoid doing.

    The Garbage Disposal Will Not Start at All – Plug, Reset or Call Plumbers

    The problem is probably of electric nature. Before you jump to conclusions like a tripped circuit, make sure the device is plugged and try resetting it. If this does not solve it, you will need professional help.

    The Garbage Disposal Makes a Whirring Sound but Nothing Happens – Time to Call a Plumber

    The whirring is usually a sign that a flywheel is stuck (this is one of the small but sharp blades chopping up the garbage). Do not even think of trying to dislodge it with your hand. Use a broomstick, or try to reach it from underneath the sink, using the wrench accompanying the unit. You can also try to leave the water running and turn the switch on and off repeatedly. Just make sure you have your plumber's number available if this does not solve the problem.

    The Garbage Disposal Is Clogged

    The clogging could be the result of the stuck flywheel discussed above. You can try the same tricks suggested above, using the broomstick, the wrench, and running water while turning it on and off. Whatever you do, keep your hands away from it.

    For all the three scenarios above and any other garbage disposal problems, the safest solution is to call for professional help. Contact us now and no matter what your plumbing problems are, we will be there in a heartbeat to solve them!

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