Here’s a general rule of thumb: you’ll probably need garbage disposal replacement every 8-15 years. Every model, kitchen, and situation is different, but the motor and blades can only last for so long before they wear down from near-constant use. If your garbage disposal is nearing the end of its life and isn’t slicing and dicing quite like it used to when it was new, it might be time to call our team and have one of our plumbers talk to you about replacement options.
There are also situations in which a garbage disposal can become prematurely damaged, either from something being put down the sink that shouldn’t have been or from improper installation. In this article, we’ll review the signs that you need garbage disposal replacement.
5 signs you need garbage disposal replacement
Let’s review the major signs that something is wrong with your garbage disposal:
1. You’re experiencing constant clogs
Every homeowner has the experience of trying to dispose of too much food waste at once and having to wait for the disposal to catch up as it grinds its way through the material. However, if this is happening frequently and stopping the operation of the blades altogether, it could be a sign that something is either wrong with the motor or that the blades have become severely dulled.
2. Weird noises
Garbage disposals are known to be loud, but there are certain noises that can point to a problem. You should be concerned if you hear unusual sounds such as the following:
- Overly loud whirring
These sounds may indicate something is lodged in the blades or that the moving parts are damaged. In the case of the last item, it could indicate a motor that’s on its deathbed.
If you’re noticing water stains or dampness under your sink, it may be your garbage disposal. Over time, pipes can crack and seals can deteriorate, necessitating replacement.
Any time you find a leak, it’s vital to address the issue as quickly as possible by calling plumbing experts like Reimer Home Services. Letting water sit can lead to all sorts of problems later on like mold and mildew.
4. Bad odors
A lingering smell usually means there are food particles trapped in the disposal system, which can be an indication that something isn’t working correctly. A professional can take your system apart for cleaning, which should help the smell. However, if the odor returns on a regular basis, it may be time for a replacement.
5. Inconsistent power
One of the most obvious signs there’s a problem is if your garbage disposal doesn’t turn on.
This could stem from an issue with the motor or electrical wiring. You may also find yourself using the reset button frequently, which can be a sign your disposal is on its last legs.
Call Reimer for garbage disposal services here in Buffalo
If you need to replace your garbage disposal, know that the experts here at Reimer Home Services offer Day or Night emergency plumbing services. Contact us today to schedule plumbing services here in Buffalo and Western New York.