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Arlington Plumbers – Issues with Garbage Disposals

Arlington Plumbers – Issues with Garbage Disposals

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s professional plumbers deal with garbage disposals on a daily basis throughout the metro area. With all the years of experience in taking care of garbage disposal repairs we have compiled some of the most common issues that can be experienced with garbage disposals and quick fixes for some of them for do-it-yourself homeowners.  However, if you are having problems with yours and you are looking for professional assistance then give us a call and our professional and courteous Arlington Plumbers will be more than happy to assist you.


Garbage Disposal Will Not Turn On

If you are experiencing this problem then the first thing you want to inspect is if power is being provided to the disposal. Inspect the circuit breaker for the disposal and see if it has tripped. If so, turn it back on and see if that rectifies the problem. If so, then you will most likely want to get in touch with a professional electrical repair company to inspect the breaker to make sure it is not going bad or to see if there is any other electrical problem that could be causing this.

If the breaker is not the problem, then look under the garbage disposal, there should be a small button that is typically red on most units. This is the reset button. If the button has popped out, then the motor will have gotten too hot. This can happen whenever the garbage disposal becomes jammed or if it was left running for an extended period of time. If you there is no problem with the button then something mechanical in nature has gone wrong with the garbage disposal and you will need to have it serviced.

However, if the button was popped out, and it was due to a jam in the garbage disposal, then the jam will need to be cleared out before attempting to turn the disposal back on.  When you push the reset button, you should hear a small clicking noise, if you hear this and the button pops back out again then the disposal is still jammed.

How Does a Garbage Disposal Become Jammed?


Garbage disposals can become jammed when certain types of organic materials such as corn husks, or fiber rich vegetables, bones and even utensils and glass are placed into the disposal. Most garbage disposals will not be able to grind up these types of organic material, and of course certainly none will be able to grind up silverware.  Garbage disposal units will have a small hole that should be located underneath the motor towards the center. This hole should allow for a ¼” allen wrench and this will allow you to move the masher plate that is located inside of the disposal back and forth. In doing so, most of the time, it will usually free up the jam.


However, not all garbage disposals will have Allen wrench sockets. Other disposals such as these will require a more hands on approach such using a broom handle and inserting it into the disposal to try and move the masher plate back and forth, which can prove to be a much more dangerous task that the average homeowner that is not competent in what they’re doing, should not attempt themselves.


What can Cause a Garbage Disposal to Leak?


Sometimes a garbage disposal may leak. When this happens the first place to inspect would be the drain pipe to see if it is coming from there and if so the rubber gasket will most likely need to be replaced.  If the disposal was recently installed then inspect the flange to make sure it is set tightly. However, if the leak appears to be coming from inside the body of the garbage disposal then you may very well need to replace the disposal.


If you are having any of these problems with your garbage disposal at home and you are not sure what to do and need help then do not hesitate to give us a call. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing deals with garbage disposal repairs on a daily basis. Give us a call and one of our professional and courteous Arlington Plumbers will come out to your home, diagnose the problem, let you know the resolution, and promptly make the repairs to get the disposal back up and running in no time.



About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX has professional Arlington plumbers servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our experienced, courteous and friendly plumbers provide on time plumbing related services to not only Arlington but surrounding areas also. If you are in need of a professional plumber that you can count on for plumbing repairs, maintenance and / or installation then you can count on us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas.

Ben Franklin Plumbing is a leader in the field for plumbing related repairs. We are also one of the most trusted plumbing service brands in the industry with high standards of service that you can rely on. When you contact us you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving the best Arlington plumbers. Our commitment to service and excellence is reflected in our stone solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you have a plumbing related problem in your home or business and you need help, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our professional, courteous and friendly Arlington plumbers will be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment with you to assess the plumbing related problem and resolve it at your earliest convenience. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas a call today if you are looking for professional Arlington plumbers. If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay®