Plumber repairing a garbage disposal under a sink

Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals are an essential part of any kitchen, making the cleanup process less time consuming. But if something gets lodged in the disposal, it can cause all sorts of problems. Severe problems, including clogs and leaks, can impact other parts of the plumbing system. If you hear loud noises or notice a drop in performance from your disposal, it may be time to contact a professional.

At Taylor Heating Inc., we can provide quality garbage disposal services to keep this helpful fixture in working order. If you’re considering garbage disposal repair in Rochester, let’s go ahead and start with a free consultation!

How Do Garbage Disposals Work? What Are Some Common Disposal Problems?

Garbage disposals should break down food waste before it affects your plumbing system. Compact blades encased within the disposal carve up debris into more manageable pieces, helping with drainage. Most garbage disposals are energy-efficient fixtures, requiring less water and electricity to function.

If something goes wrong, it’s frequently traced back to an electrical issue or improper use. The most important thing to know about your garbage disposal is to learn what food waste shouldn’t go in it. Taylor Heating Inc. technicians find the root cause of the problem to ensure repairs offer lasting benefits.

1. Your Disposal Isn’t Starting

When a garbage disposal isn’t running in the first place, try hitting the reset button located on the unit. If your disposal still isn’t running, it’s usually because of electrical problem or because the blades have gotten lodged against something. Wiring can be hazardous to inspect and repair, so we suggest leaving garbage disposal repair to skilled technicians.

2. The Motor Is Running, But the Blades Aren’t

If you hear the disposal but the blades aren’t actually spinning, it might be an electrical error, a damaged motor, or another malfunction affecting the blades. For safety reasons, we make sure the disposal is off before find the root cause.

Occasionally, a stubborn piece of debris has gotten stuck inside the disposal, grabbing the blades and making it harder for them to spin. These blades are sharp and capable of injury, so never put your hand into the disposal if you aren’t certain it’s turned off and unplugged.

3. Leaks

Evidence of a leak is a telltale sign there’s a problem with the disposal. When foreign objects are hard enough, it may damage internal components and potentially spring a leak. Nearby water damage can also be a sign there’s something wrong with the disposal. If you see mold or damp spots underneath your sink, the garbage disposal may be to blame.

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What Can and Can't Go in Your Garbage Disposal

Remembering what should and shouldn’t go into your garbage disposal can be frustrating. Here are some reminders:


Break pieces of food down as small as possible to make them easier to grind up.


Don’t throw in fibrous items like vegetable skins, which can clog up your garbage disposal.


Most liquids are fine, but avoid pouring in cooking oil and grease, which can solidify and damage internal components.


Coffee grounds and eggshells can also cause problems, so avoid scraping them into your garbage disposal.


Taylor Heating Inc.'s Quality Disposal Repair and Replacement

At Taylor Heating Inc., we’re dedicated to quality disposal repairs. We’ll find and fix your problem right away unless the cost of repairs is similar to a replacement. At that point, it’s usually smarter for your budget to schedule garbage disposal installation in Rochester.

Whatever you’re looking for, we can help. Schedule a consultation or request a free quote by giving us a call at 585-500-4357 today!

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