How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

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replace garbage disposalYour garbage disposal is an essential appliance you use every day that simplifies kitchen cleanup. However, like any appliance, disposals eventually break down and stop working. It’s important to know when to replace your garbage disposal to avoid potential issues or damage to your plumbing system. Below are some clear signs indicating it’s time for a garbage disposal replacement.

  1. Frequent Clogging 

If you find yourself constantly unclogging your garbage disposal, this is a sign that the blades may have dulled or the motor has weakened. A correctly functioning disposal should grind food waste effectively without causing frequent blockages or clogs. 

  1. Persistent Odors 

Nasty smells coming from your disposal can typically be resolved with regular cleaning. However, if you still notice unpleasant odors after you’ve cleaned the unit thoroughly, this could indicate a more serious issue within the system. 

  1. Recurring Resets 

The reset button on a garbage disposal is designed as a safety feature that trips when there’s a problem, such as a jam or clog. Excessive use of the reset button could mean that your disposal struggles to handle everyday wear and tear, possibly due to aging parts or motor problems. If you suspect a failing or broken garbage disposal, call a professional plumber immediately to diagnose the problem.

  1. Water Leaks 

Pay close attention to any leaks around your disposal; water pooling under your sink could signal that seals or gaskets inside the unit have deteriorated and need replacing. Ignoring these leaks could eventually lead to water damage inside cabinets and within your flooring, or worse, become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. 

  1. Loud Noises 

Garbage disposals can be noisy appliances, but excessive grinding or rattling sounds may indicate damaged parts inside the unit. A broken garbage disposal can be a dangerous repair on your own, so don’t be afraid to call a professional plumber for help.

  1. Repairs Are No Longer Cost-Effective 

If you find yourself frequently calling a plumber for repairs, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new unit rather than continuing to fix an older unreliable one.

  1. Poor Performance 

If you’ve noticed a gradual decrease in the efficiency of your garbage disposal, like it’s taking longer to break down waste or struggling with objects it once handled effortlessly, this could indicate that the motor or other components are wearing out.

  1. Age 

Most garbage disposals have a lifespan of about 8-15 years (depending on usage and regular cleaning and maintenance). If yours falls within this timeframe or is older, consider replacing it before costly problems occur.

Garbage Disposal Replacement by Fosh Plumbing & Heating

Whatever garbage disposal issue you run into, you can count on the experts at Fosh Plumbing & Heating to provide you with the most reliable and affordable plumbing services in the Greater Philadelphia area. We pride ourselves on delivering quality work to keep your plumbing system in optimal condition. Connect with our team today at 610-496-5700 to schedule an appointment.