Garbage Disposal

  • Check breaker box to ensure breaker has not been tripped.
  • Disposal is usually jammed if it is buzzing when turned on, so check for debris.
  • Remove debris then push reset button on bottom of disposal. You may need to insert the disposal wrench (located under the sink or can be bought at any local hardware store.
  • Be sure disposal is plugged in to outlet.
  • Be sure to use COLD water and run plenty of water when using disposal.
  • To sharpen blades, put ice cubes in disposals and turn on without water.

Please see below for items that should not be put down the disposal:

  • Rice and pasta- No matter how much water you run or how long you run the appliance, you can never break rice or pasta down small enough. Both items swell when they are in contact with water, so the small pieces will eventually gather in the trap and swell until it is closed.
  • Animal bones- The garbage disposal is just not strong enough to break these down small enough to fit. Animal bones are the most common thing that jam disposals.
  • Grease- Grease will eventually solidify and clog a portion or all of your drain.
  • Egg shells- Despite what you may have heard, egg shells do not sharpen disposal blades.
  • Any kind of stringy or tough-peeled vegetable- This includes asparagus, lettuce, celery and potato peels.

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