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Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals are a handy fixture in the kitchen, making the cleanup process less time consuming. But when the disposal breaks, it can cause all kinds of trouble. Severe problems, like clogs and leaks, can affect 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, our expert technicians provide fast and effective garbage disposal services to help keep kitchen cleanup a mess-free process. If you’re considering garbage disposal repair in Springfield, let’s go ahead and set up an appointment!

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 housed within the disposal carve up debris into smaller pieces, making it easier for the drains and piping system to handle. Your average disposal is an energy-efficient fixture, needing minimal water and electricity to function.

In the event it stops working right, 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 it’s capable of breaking down. McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling technicians won’t rest until they fully understand the problem to ensure repairs offer lasting benefits.

1. Your Disposal Isn’t Starting

To see if your disposal is unable to start, try pressing the reset button located on the unit. If nothing happens, it’s routinely thanks to electrical problem or because the blades are stuck. Wiring can be hazardous to inspect and repair, so we suggest leaving garbage disposal repair to professional technicians.

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

If you hear the disposal but the blades aren’t actually spinning, it can be the consequence of an electrical error, damage to the motor, or another malfunction affecting the blades. To avoid injury, we check that the disposal is off before find the root cause.

Every now and then, something like old food gets stuck inside the disposal, grabbing 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

Evidence of a leak is a telltale sign there’s a problem with the disposal. As food waste solidifies and hardens, it may damage internal components and potentially spring a leak. Unexplained water damage is another way you might realize there’s something wrong with the disposal. The next time you see mold in the kitchen, the garbage disposal may be to blame.

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The Do's and Don'ts of What Goes 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 often clog up the blades.


The majority of liquids are okay, but you should never pour in cooking oil and grease, which can solidify and damage internal components.


Coffee grounds and eggshells can form severe clogs, so avoid scraping them into your garbage disposal.

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

At McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to quality disposal repairs. Our team of technicians can find and fix your problem promptly unless the cost of repairs is nearly the same as a replacement. In these cases, it’s usually smarter for your budget to go ahead and proceed with garbage disposal installation in Springfield.

Whatever problem you’re dealing with, 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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