Garbage Disposal Repair
what extent are garbage disposers serviceable? Many people who sell
them often claim that garbage disposer repair is more expensive than the
unit is worth. This is undoubtedly the case if yours is a bottom line
unit. Such devices are not worth repairing, since it is as difficult to
fix them as to fix the best, and the chances of lasting service after a
major repair are slight. Also, most repairs are "major" if you have to
remove the unit. The labor involved is considerable; you have to remove
the disposer from the sink at the top by unbolting the flange with its
various supporting rings, and then you have to remove the drain system
and the electrical connections. You combine plumbing with electrical
skills and procedures. Also, you lose the use of the sink, temporarily.
testing and repairs can, in some cases, be done without such radical
surgery, if all that is wrong is a defective relay or motor overload
switch. These come out from the switchbox. If they are mounted on the
motor, the entire unit will have to be removed to get at them. At that
point, you have to decide how much work you are willing to invest. In
troubleshooting a garbage disposer that doesn't work, look first at the
red reset button, which is a circuit breaker to protect against motor
overload. Then, if that doesn't work, remove the cover from the
switchbox here the other switching components will be—for the most part.
The main switch should be there; in many models it is operated by a
trip lever from above, which can wear and lose enough metal so that it
no longer pushes the switch far enough to turn it on. (The trip lever is
moved by the control handle on the sink flange.) The relay switch, the
reversing switch (if any), and possibly the capacitor, will also be
found here. If your sink is arranged in a way to allow easy access to
the switchbox, it is probable that any failure to turn on will be
located here. But if you can't actually work on it in its installed
position, the unit will have to come out.
In many cases though, garbage disposal repair is not an option. Replacement is your best bet.
If you need to have someone repair or replace your garbage disposal,
Broken Arrow, and the Tulsa
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