Your garbage disposal probably doesn't seem like the most important part of your plumbing system, until you have to deal with a broken one. Unlike most parts of your plumbing system, there are a lot of moving parts and a lot of different things that can go wrong. Whether you're dealing with a noisy, rattling garbage disposal, one that won't run, one that runs but can't get through your food anymore, or one that smells awful, our Stockton plumbing team can see you through it. We've seen hundreds of garbage disposal issues and we've worked with every brand under the sun, so you'll be hard-pressed to find a better garbage disposal repair team in Stockton.
One of the easiest to detect and repair problems that we come across as Stockton plumbers is a humming garbage disposal. This is usually a sign that your blades are stuck, although in rare cases it can mean a broken gear wheel or other nondisposable debris. 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 without catching the blade. We strongly recommend calling one of our plumbers to ensure that all safety precautions are taken before removing the obstruction.
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, onion skin, and cucumber peels, although many food products and byproducts 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 Stockton plumbers have seen hundreds of 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 probably electrical and will likely require a new disposal.
No matter what kind of garbage disposal problems you're dealing with, we're the ones to deal with them. With over 40 years in the industry, we fix more garbage disposals in a week than most people will own in a lifetime. Call us any time at 209-485-9290 to get in contact with one of our plumbing team members who can make sure that we get all the right people and parts on site in record time to eliminate your garbage disposal problems, once and for all.