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Leave It to the Pros: Professional Tips for How to Fix a Garbage Disposal Safely

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A malfunctioning garbage disposal is a real headache. When it doesn’t work like it should, it makes doing the dishes even more of a chore and leaves you with a sink full of smelly, rotting food scraps.

And while it may be tempting to roll up your sleeves and attempt a DIY garbage disposal fix, it’s a better idea to take a step back. Your garbage disposal is small, but it can be dangerous — for both the disposal and you — to try to fix it yourself.

If you think your garbage disposal isn’t working right, it’s time to call in the pros. Our team at Jake Miller Plumbing has the experience and the tools to fix garbage disposals quickly and safely.

Is Your Garbage Disposal Not Working?

Before attempting any repairs, it’s essential to determine whether your garbage disposal is broken or if it’s just clogged. Here are a few signs that indicate your disposal is truly broken:

No Power: If your garbage disposal doesn’t turn on at all, even after pressing the reset button, it may have an electrical issue that needs expert intervention.

Frequent Clogs: Continuous clogging, despite proper use, can indicate a larger problem with your disposal’s blades or motor.

Persistent Odors: Lingering foul smells, even after thorough cleaning, can suggest a malfunctioning unit that needs professional inspection.

The Risks of DIY Disposal Repair

If your garbage disposal isn’t working, your next step might be to try to tackle repairs yourself. The desire to save money and DIY is understandable, but working with garbage disposals comes with some serious potential risks.

Electrical Hazards: Garbage disposals are connected to your home’s electrical system. Mishandling wires or attempting repairs without proper knowledge can lead to electrical shocks or even fires.

Personal Injury: Garbage disposals have sharp blades that can cause severe cuts or injuries if mishandled. Lack of experience and proper tools increases the likelihood of accidents.

Further Damage: Without proper expertise, attempting DIY repairs can worsen the existing problem or introduce new issues. This may result in additional expenses and prolonged inconvenience.

Warranty Concerns: Many garbage disposals come with warranties that become void if tampered with by untrained individuals. Hiring a professional helps ensure your warranty remains intact.

How to Fix a Garbage Disposal Safely

So, what’s the best way to fix a broken garbage disposal? Hire a professional plumber. Calling our team is a safe, reliable option, and here’s why:

Safety Measures: We know how to repair garbage disposals safely, and we have the right tools to make repairs without risking your health or your home.

Expertise: Our team has the knowledge and experience to diagnose and fix your garbage disposal problems efficiently and effectively.

Long-Term Solutions: While a DIY fix might get you by temporarily, a professional repair is the best way to minimize your chances of recurring problems later on.

Time (and Cost) Savings: DIY repairs might seem cost-effective at first, but our professional plumbers can diagnose and fix your garbage disposal problems fast — saving you time, effort, and potentially costly mistakes.

When you need to fix a garbage disposal, hire an experienced plumber to prioritize safety and long-term reliability. Give our team at Jake Miller Plumbing a call at 317-577-5501 or send us a message online to get your free quote.