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Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals are an essential part of any kitchen, making the cleanup process less of a hassle. But if your disposal isn’t working correctly, it can become quite the nuisance. Many concerns, like 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 McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling, you can count on us to provide quality garbage disposal services to help keep kitchen cleanup a mess-free process. When you need garbage disposal repair in Springfield, let’s go ahead and figure out the details!

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

Garbage disposals are built to break down food waste before it affects your plumbing system. Small blades located within the disposal slice up debris into smaller pieces, helping with drainage. Your average disposal is an energy-efficient fixture, needing smaller amounts water and electricity to function.

If something goes wrong, it’s most often a result of an electrical issue or improper use. The best way to avoid damaging your garbage disposal is to learn what food waste shouldn’t go in it. McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling technicians won’t rest until they fully understand the problem to ensure a long-term solution.

1. The Disposal Won’t Start

When a garbage disposal isn’t running in the first place, try pressing the reset button located on the unit. If nothing happens, it’s often because there’s electrical problem or because the blades have gotten lodged against something. Damaged wiring may not be safe to inspect and repair, so we suggest leaving garbage disposal repair to certified technicians.

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

If you’ve started the disposal but the blades fail to start spinning, it might be an electrical error, a problem with the motor, or another malfunction affecting the blades. For safety reasons, we make sure the disposal is off before looking for obstructions.

Occasionally, something like old food gets stuck inside the disposal, catching the blades and preventing them from moving. A disposal’s motor can spin the blades at speeds capable of injury, so keep hands and tools out of the disposal if you aren’t certain it’s turned off and unplugged.

3. Leaks

Leaking is a telltale sign your disposal may be damaged. If a piece of debris is hard enough, it may damage internal components and potentially spring a leak. Localized water damage can also be a sign there’s something wrong with the disposal. If you find mold or mildew close to drain, the garbage disposal may be to blame.

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Learn What Is Supposed to Go in Your Garbage Disposal

Determining what can and can’t go into your garbage disposal can be frustrating. Here are general guidelines:


Keep food waste pieces 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.


The majority of liquids are okay, but garbage disposals can’t handle cooking oil and grease, which can solidify and ruin internal components.


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


McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling's Quality Disposal Repair and Replacement

At McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling, you can always anticipate quality disposal repairs. We’ll find and fix your problem fast unless the cost of repairs equals the cost of a replacement. By then, it’s likely better for your budget to go ahead and proceed with garbage disposal installation in Springfield.

Whatever you’re looking for, we can help. Schedule a consultation or request a free quote by giving us a call at 610-649-8080 today!

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