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Garbage Disposal Repair

February 2, 2010

Garbage Disposal Problems

Is the kitchen sinks garbage disposal humming or not turning on at all?  The average residential kitchen sink garbage disposal has a 8-12 year life depending on usage.  If either of these problems are occurring it may be an easy fix or the garbage disposal will need replacing.

Causes Of Garbage Disposal Problems

Do you run water in the kitchen sink while using the garbage disposal?  If not, this is a common mistake and could cause premature failure of the garbage disposal.   A garbage disposal has a grinding chamber and if something gets caught in the chamber the unit will trip its internal breaker or a humming can occur if the breaker doesn’t trip.

Fixing The Garbage Disposal

Does nothing happen when the garbage disposal is turned on?  Try pushing the reset button on the bottom of the unit.  If that doesn’t work try using the tool supplied with the disposal to turn the grinding chamber and possibly break free any material that is caught.  If neither method works, a plumber should be called to fix the problem.  At Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning we will send an experienced plumber to quickly access and fix the problem.  Contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning at (651) 429-3303 or online at

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