With so much more time at home and so many more people in their home kitchens, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a refresher on what can and cannot go into your garbage disposal.
There are many misconceptions about this kitchen appliance that lead to headaches and repair costs. With garbage disposals, an ounce of prevention beats a gallon of cure for your health and your wallet.
Here are the dos and don’ts of garbage disposals.
Proper maintenance and operating your garbage disposals correctly will prevent major breakdowns and clogged pipes. Treating your disposal well and following a maintenance plan will help you avoid costly repairs.
Treat your disposal like any other appliance in your home. Keep it clean and maintained often. Once a week or so throw a few ice cubes into the disposal and grind them up.
To avoid odors, toss in a sliced lemon or other citrus fruit into the disposal every now and again. You can also use frozen vinegar cubes and grind those to eliminate odors and clean up the inside of the mechanism.
Use baking soda or Borax for stronger odors that won’t go away after these other tips have been tried.
Make sure you turn off the disposal once figuring out it’s not working. Then try and locate a clog or item that is jamming the blades.
Once it’s free of any debris or jams find the reset button on the unit. This is usually red or black. You can push it and it will reset the motor. Try and run the unit again.
If it’s still not working check for a tripped circuit or blown fuse to the power in the kitchen. If that’s not the case it’s time to call in a professional.
Contact us at Gulf Coast Appliances and we will be happy to come to take a look at it for you.