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Appliance man's Garbage Disposal Tips just may save yourself an appliance repair service call:)
Garbage Disposers are in almost every household these days. Put the wrong things down it, and you may find yourself calling an appliance service technician! Remember these valuable tips and your disposal should live a longer life. Happy grinding:)
Can you guess what gives the most problems? Noodles and potato peels! Who'da thunk it! Let me explain why... The space between the disposal's cutting blades and the edges inside are about as wide as a dime. When you dump in a bunch of veggie peels, rice, or noodles that are soft, they fly right tough these blade so fast that they get caught up in the plumbing under your sink. Now your drain is backed up. Sometimes a plunger will get you out of this jam, though more than likely, you'll be calling the plumber, appliance man or having yourself an instant DIY project that day. Don't wait! A backed-up sink gets rather smelly pretty darn fast. Peeeee-yoooo-
General maintenance is pretty easy, and yes Mom was right... egg shells are great to clean the inside, but I've got one better...ice!
How to clean and perform general maintenance on a garbage disposal...
1. Though it goes without saying...Keep fingers away from inside cutting area!!!!!
2. Fill the unit full of ice.
3.Cover this ice with the cover that came with your disposal.
4. Now fill the sink with warm water.
5. After the sink is full, remove the cap, get your hand outta there, and turn the disposer on.
That's it! The hard, crushed ice will remove any "gobblely-goop"
Now if yours gets jammed, push the reset button underneath, then with the unit on "OFF" get underneath with the tool supplied with the unit, or allen wrench, and try to break it free. Even the old broom stick trick may work. Remember to have it switched OFF if you attempt these methods! If it keeps jamming repeatedly, or if it's leaking from underneath, it's probably rusted out internally. Replace it asap! Some appliance repair guys or handyman types will try to tell you to replace the seal or switches inside, but that only holds the problem off for a few months at best.
We all know that water and live electrical wiring don't mix! If you have a metal sink, and you're leaning against it when they do meet, you may have the same hairstyle as Albert Einstein! Voltage as low as 120 volts can, and has killed grown men, though not too often. Don't take chances! These little guys have a strong motor, 1/3 HP for the Mr. Cheapo version, to 1 HP for the stainless steel Insinkerator. Whirlpool has an Insinkertor type copy that's just as good, but the GE disposers, and the Sears brands seem to bite the bullet a little faster. If at Lowe's (http://Lowes.com) or Home Depot, the Badger 5 by Insinkerator sold there should last 8-10+ years in most cases.
Fun fact: Do you remember the little green coca-cola bottles back in the day? Back then the first garbage disposals we're being installed in newly built homes. A common test after a new installation was for the appliance tech to cut the disposers on, then drop one of the lil' buggers inside to demonstrate it's power. Yes, it did grind it up. NO I've never done it, and of course...don't try this one at home!
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