Our Oakland plumbing team has been installing and repairing garbage disposals for as long as we've been in business. In the years since, we've replaced or repaired thousands of disposals and learned the ins and outs of every brand on the market. Our techs are so good that they can diagnose most garbage disposal issues over the phone! Sometimes this can keep you from having to pay for a repair that turns out to be nothing more than a tripped breaker switch. If the issue is something more serious, we can have a tech out to your location quickly and get it taken care of.
Common garbage disposal issues include clogged machines, a humming sound, seal leaks, poor performance and the dreaded burnt out motor. When a Oakland garbage disposal tech shows up at your door, he'll quickly assess the situation by asking you about the problem. Then he will perform some exploratory tests to locate the cause of the problem and give you a clear diagnosis of what has led to this problem.
Clogged units often are the result of the drain line being blocked by larger pieces of debris that have caught at the junction of the garbage disposal drain line and the main sink drain line. These things include starchy items like vegetable peels, especially potato and cucumber, and hard to chop items like meats and cheeses.
If your unit is making a humming sound it usually means that there is something preventing the blades from spinning. The garbage disposal motor's safety has disengaged to prevent the motor from burning out and this results in making the humming sound. This sound usually means a large piece of food has gotten caught behind the blade and needs to be cleared.
Sometimes blades get dull and result in the garbage disposal not working efficiently. This happens during normal wear and tear but also if items like fruit stones and silverware find their way into the disposal. When this happens, our Oakland plumbing team suggests either changing out the blades or purchasing a new unit.
Garbage disposal leaks are usually found at the seal at the exit line of the unit. These seals can crack after years of use but are easy to replace. If the leak is at the top of the unit, that's another story. The top seal is built into the body of the disposal so it is usually more cost effective to buy a new unit than to fix a broken top seal.
Of course, there are times when the entire unit fails. Motors do burn out from time to time and, because they are the main part of the unit, they need to be replaced. If this is the case, our Oakland plumbing team can have a new disposal installed in a few hours.