Garbage disposals are designed to last about 10 years. When garbage disposals reach the end of their lives, they can leave you with a headache. The bottom of the disposal can succumb to rust and will leak water each time you turn on the faucet. There are ways you can fight off the rust and prolong the life of your garbage disposal.
Preventing Rust on your Garbage Disposal
Running the garbage disposal each time you put food in it can prevent rust. Otherwise, the acid and oils from standing food will eventually eat through the seals. Also, when you run the disposal, always use cold water. Hot water dissolves fats and grease, but then it deposits them in your drainpipes where it accumulates before causing a clog.
Other Tips for Maintaining Garbage Disposals
· Run cold water for 30 seconds or more after turning the disposal off to thoroughly wash ground-up food down the drain.
· You can grind almost any food waste, but don’t try to grind really fibrous foods like onion skins, celery stalks or asparagus. On the other hand, ice and eggshells can actually help clean the disposal.
· If the disposal won’t run, check the circuit breaker or fuse and replace or reset as necessary. Also check to see if the overload switch has tripped. Find the reset button at the bottom of the disposal unit and push it.
· If the motor hums but the disposal doesn’t run, you may have a jammed impeller, and that’s a repairable problem.
· If the disposal runs intermittently, the switch or stopper may be defective. In that case, you’ll need to replace it.
· A leaky garbage disposal isn’t necessarily a sign of rust. The cause might be as simple as a loose connection, which can readily be tightened.
· If you hear a racket when you turn on the disposal, there’s a good chance you’re trying to grind up something your disposal wishes you wouldn’t. The result could be a damaged blade, impeller or motor. But don’t be too quick to repair, since it’s highly likely that it would cost less to replace.
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