Family-Owned and Operated Since 1983

Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation

 

Is your garbage disposal stuck or not working properly?

Give us a call so we can dispatch one of our plumbers to come out and assess the situation.

Our company has been in business for 36-years and was voted “Favorite Plumbing Company” by the readers of the San Bernardino Sun and Redlands Daily Facts. We are also family-owned and operated and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Broken Garbage Disposal Problems

Having a garbage disposal is helpful when doing the dishes; however, when they become clogged or jammed, it can cause serious plumbing problems. One of the main reasons why you may be experiencing a problem with your disposal is because you don’t have the right size motor or someone within the household put something down the sink that shouldn’t have gone.

Our plumbers can help determine the cause of the problem and either get your garbage disposal repaired or replaced in no time at all.  Whether the blades are jammed or you have a clog in the pipes, we can fix the problem.  Over time you may notice the disposal has a harder time keeping up with demand. Some of the causes of this are wear and tear or food items like bones, grease, and other debris that builds up over time.

Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation

After we inspect the unit, we can determine what the problem is. In some cases, it may be just jammed and out plumbers can clean out the disposal and get it back in working order. In other cases, you may need to replace your garbage disposal and have us install a new one.  Usually when a motor freezes up or burns out is when a complete replacement is necessary. 

If you need a new garbage disposal installed our plumbers can recommend the appropriate size for your household. Garbage disposals have different size motors measured by the horsepower the unit provides. The most common sizes are ½ HP and ¾ HP.  Smaller apartments and condos with one of two people living there can usually get away with a ½ HP motor.  However, if you are in a house with four to five members, you may need a ¾ HP to handle the demand.

Garbage Disposal is Leaking Under the Sink

When you find water under your sink, it may be coming from the broken garbage disposal or possibly another source within the area.  Some of the most common causes of a leak include the flange where the unit is connected to the sink, worn out seals, the pipe connecting the dishwasher, a leak from the drain pipe, bottom of the garbage disposal is leaking due to worn out internal parts.  In some rare cases, the sink area might leak from a pull out faucet which drips under the sink.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to repair a garbage disposal?

To answer this question accurately, we would need to know a few things about your current situation first. Things that will influence the price are the size of the motor and if you currently have a garbage disposal or not.  If we are replacing the existing garbage disposal, you can typically expect the price to range from $325 to $365 depending on the accessibility and connectivity of the unit.

If you don’t currently have a garbage disposal that will add to the cost as we may need to redo the drains and add electrical outlets nearby to plug the unit into.

How long does a typical garbage disposal last?

Proper garbage disposals should last you anywhere from 10-15 years on average. Other factors could influence the life of a disposal like frequency of usage which is impacted by the household size, wear and tear, and the specific foods and liquids that go down the disposal.

What garbage disposal is the quietest?

Nowadays garbage disposals have gotten quieter than they use to be.  As technology gets, better disposal units have gotten both quieter and more durable. Our ¾ HP motor that we offer is much quieter than the ½ HP motor.  It is best to work with your plumber so they can recommend the model that best fits your needs.

Do garbage disposal blades wear out?

Yes, over time the shredding blades of a garbage disposal become dull, ineffective, and essentially wear out.  As the blades start wearing out, you may notice your sink backing up or your pipes may become clogged. If the blades are wearing out, it is probably time to replace your unit.

Why is my garbage disposal is making a humming sound but not working?

When you turn your garbage disposal on and hear a humming sound, it usually means your unit is jammed.  Often we can come out and see if the appliance is broken or just stuck.  We can generally get a jammed disposal fixed and back in working order.  But other times there may be something else wrong with your unit.

Do you guys repair garbage disposals?

The motors on disposals are internalized and cost more to fix than purchasing a new unit. Some of the other problems could be a hole in the unit or parts rusted out. Garbage disposals generally have a lifespan of 10-15 years so when there is a problem other than being jammed it’s better to replace the unit.

What are the signs that I might need to replace my garbage disposal?

If you are experiencing problems with an older unit, it may be best to replace it soon.  Some of the most common symptoms of a garbage disposal starting to break include loss of power, abnormal noises, poor performance, strange odors, water leaks, and having to reset it constantly.

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