Garbage Disposal

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper operation of your garbage disposal. Do not load the disposal with food items before turning on. For proper operation, turn on the cold water and start the disposal. Then drop the food items slowly into the unit. When the unit sounds clear, turn the disposal off and leave the water running for several seconds. This allows the food waste to be carried into your sewer lines.

Only foods that are non-fibrous and easily pulverized should be placed into the disposal. Examples of foods not to place in disposal are corn husks, celery, onions skins, olive pits, bones and solid or liquid grease. These items may cause your unit to overload or jam. If this happens, follow these corrective measures.

  1. Turn off the disposal and cold water.
  2. Wait three minutes for the unit to cool, then press the reset button (usually located on the bottom of the disposal). If this does not correct the problem, the unit is probably obstructed.

Follow these steps for proper removal:

  1. Unplug disposal before attempting a repair yourself.
  2. Check the circuit breakers. An overload of this type may have tripped the circuit. Reset any tripped circuit breakers.
  3. Locate the service wrench for your disposal. Insert one end of the wrench into the bottom of the unit. Work back and forth until the disposal turns freely. If your disposal does not have a service wrench, insert a broom handle or mop handle into the throat of the unit and rotate the impeller back and forth. The obstruction will be loosened so that it can be removed.
  4. Remove the obstruction, plug the disposal in, press the reset button and proceed with the above steps for proper use.