Minneapolis Garbage Disposal Repairs & Replacements

There are Two Types of Garbage Disposals

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Continuous Feed Garbage Disposals
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Batch Feed Garbage Disposals

Repair Process

Garbage disposal issues can arise for various reasons, including jams, leaks, and motor malfunctions. Here are common repair solutions:

Jammed Disposals: Turn off the power supply, and use a wrench to manually rotate the disposal’s flywheel, loosening any lodged debris. Remove any visible obstructions with pliers or tongs.

Leaking Disposals: Identify the source of the leak and tighten any loose connections. If the leak persists, replace the faulty components or consider investing in a new disposal unit.

Motor Malfunctions: If the motor hums but doesn’t grind, reset the disposal using the reset button. If the motor doesn’t function at all, check the circuit breaker, and contact a professional for further assistance.

Helpful Tips

Grinding ice cubes with your disposal will help keep the blades clean. You can also trying grinding pieces of lemon while running warm water, which will help keep down any foul odors in the system. Be careful not to over fill the disposal, which may lead to tough clogs.

Never put bones, cooking grease, or coffee grounds into the garburator.

Never run the garbage disposal without water, this can burn-out the motor.

Put a slice of lemon or a cup of vinegar down the garburator if the garburator starts to smell.

Avoid throwing anything and everything into it, as it will cause a jam. Always flush cold water through the system at the same time that you dispose of food items.

If not, the ground-up food particles will become stuck in the pipes and might combine with any grease or fat to become a nasty clog – with the power off, you’ll then need to inspect and clean the garburator, or you may need to contact a professional to repair or replace the system.

  • Continuous Feed Garbage Disposals
    Continuous feed garbage disposals are the most common type found in households. They are designed to efficiently dispose of food waste. They operate while water is running and can continuously process food waste as it’s added. These disposals are efficient, easy to use, and generally more affordable.

    Unlike batch feed disposals, which require you to load the waste and then seal them before grinding, continuous feed disposals operate continuously as long as the switch is turned on.

    Here’s how they work:

    Continuous Operation: Continuous feed disposals start grinding as soon as you flip the switch. This allows you to continuously add food scraps while the disposal is running, making them convenient for handling larger amounts of waste.

    Efficient Grinding: Inside the disposal unit, there are sharp rotating blades that shred food waste into tiny particles. These particles are then flushed down the drain with water, preventing clogs and odors in your kitchen.

    Quick Cleanup: Continuous feed disposals are excellent for quick cleanup after meal preparation. You can easily dispose of food scraps, peelings, and other kitchen waste without interruptions.

    Versatility: They are compatible with most standard kitchen sinks and plumbing systems, making them a popular choice for many households.

    However, continuous feed disposals require caution as they do not have built-in safety features to prevent accidental operation. Users should be careful when using them to avoid potential hazards.

    Additionally, they may consume more water and electricity compared to batch feed models due to their continuous operation. Overall, continuous feed garbage disposals are a convenient and efficient solution for managing food waste in the kitchen.

  • Batch Feed Garbage Disposals
    Batch feed garbage disposals require a stopper to activate and can only process a limited amount of waste at a time. They offer enhanced safety features, as they cannot operate unless the stopper is in place. These disposals are ideal for households with children or those seeking extra precautions.

* $75 service fee applies to any service within our normal service area.