What's wrong with your garbage disposal? Is it humming? Leaking? Clogging up the sink? Whatever the case, our San Rafael garbage disposal repair team can fix it.
If we can't, it's because it can't be fixed. In that case, we can install a new one!
One of the easiest to detect and repair problems that we come across as San Rafael plumbers is a humming garbage disposal. This is usually a sign that the rotary blades are stuck, although in rare cases it can mean a broken gear wheel. If a larger piece of food gets caught behind a blade and prevents it from spinning the blade safety switch will be tripped and the blade will not spin. The humming sound is the sound of the motor spinning. Turning off the disposal and carefully removing the object from behind the blade should fix the problem.
When starchy foods or foods with fibrous structures are sent down the disposal they can slip right past the blades and clog the small drain line. This is particularly frequent with potato and cucumber peels, although any food product could potentially cause it. The clog usually has to be removed by loosening the drain pipe and physically removing the jam. If the sink is full you'll need a bucket to catch the water from the sink once the clog is cleared.
Our San Rafael plumbing team has seen several leaky garbage disposal units. If the leak is located at the union of the garbage disposal and the drain line, it is a rubber seal problem. Sometimes older seals crack and leaks, other times they simply slip out of place and need to be readjusted. If, however, the leak is in the top of the unit where the seal meets the sink drain, you will need a new unit. These seals cannot be replaced without entirely rebuilding the unit.
If a disposal doesn't turn on it is either because the internal breaker has been tripped or the motor has burned out. With the absence of a burnt rubber smell, it is likely that the breaker was tripped and can be reset by pressing the red button on the bottom of the unit. If this doesn't work the problem is electrical in nature and will probably mean a new disposal is needed.
Our San Rafael garbage disposal experts are on call now. Pick up the phone and get your drain cleared and your disposal working as good as new.