Garbage Disposal Repair in the Chicago North Shore Area

At American Vintage Home, we understand that you rely on your kitchen appliances to run smoothly so that you can focus your attention on more important things, like preparing wholesome meals for your family and loved ones. We offer comprehensive plumbing solutions for your home, no matter how old it may be, and that includes garbage disposal repair. Our plumbers are the best in the business and have the expertise to repair your garbage disposal quickly and at a price you can afford.

Signs You May Need Garbage Disposal Repair

Garbage disposals are a great asset to have in the kitchen, and when they stop working properly, you are instantly reminded of just how beneficial they’ve been. If your garbage disposal is behaving strangely, it may be time to call in the professionals to take a look. Some common indicators that your garbage disposal needs repairs include:

  • Constantly having to reset your disposal. Resetting your disposal every once in a while is normal, but if you’re finding yourself doing it more and more, you could have a faulty wiring issue. This could also indicate that your disposal is getting old and needs to be replaced. Wiring issues can present a fire risk, so it’s imperative that you contact a professional to take a look.
  • Persistent odor despite frequent cleanings. If your disposal is putting off a smell that doesn’t dissipate with regular cleanings, you should schedule maintenance or repairs. This could point to a clog or a larger problem that needs to be addressed.
  • Taking too long to break down food. Your disposal should be capable of breaking down food relatively quickly, making it small enough to pass through your water pipes with no issue. If it begins taking longer than usual for your disposal to break down your food, you should plan to have your system checked. Try to run your disposal for 30 seconds a day to clear any buildup of food particles, and always operate your disposal with the water running down the drain.
  • You begin to hear grinding sounds. While disposals can often be loud when doing their job, they should never emit a grinding sound. This usually indicated metal, such as silverware, is stuck in the machine. Removing the metal will stop the noise, but remember to NEVER put your fingers in or near the disposal while it is running. If the grinding continues after you’ve removed the suspected source, you may have a broken garbage disposal.

If your Oak Park, Winnetka, or Evanston home’s garbage disposal is making strange noises, contact the plumbing professional at American Vintage Home right away! Give us a call at 847-999-4595 or schedule your services online, we’ll get to the bottom of your problem and provide solutions quickly and affordably.

Why Choose American Vintage Home for Your Chicago North Shore Area Plumbing Repairs?

We have been recognized as the best in the industry to provide your older home with comprehensive plumbing services performed by licensed and insured technicians with extensive knowledge and technical training. We believe that our customers deserve the very best, which is why we offer same-day emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. American Vintage Home has been proudly serving the Chicago North Shore area for decades, and we will always go above and beyond for your satisfaction.

If you need garbage disposal repairs for your Chicago North Shore area home, don’t hesitate to reach out to the American Vintage Home team of experts! Call us at 847-999-4595 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today!

FAQs About Garbage Disposal Repair

Is it worth repairing a garbage disposal, or should I just replace it?

A well-maintained garbage disposal lasts a good number of years before the motor burns out or the blades wear down. Modern disposals tend to last longer than older models. The best way to choose between repair and replacement is to consider if the repair cost is less than buying a new disposal.

What causes a garbage disposal to hum?

In most cases, it’s due to a foreign object stuck inside the disposal. If something is jammed in the blades of your garbage disposal, they won’t be able to rotate. An easy fix is to unplug the disposal and check the drain hole to see if something is lodged in the blades.

What’s the most important thing I can do to avoid needing repairs on my garbage disposal?

Follow the basic rules of what can and cannot be put down a garbage disposal. You can generally put any biodegradable food in a disposal. That includes most vegetable and fruit scraps (except fibrous items like celery), soft fish bones, soft cooked meat scraps, citrus rinds, and small bits of ice, which can help keep your garbage disposal clean.

Things to avoid: hot water or harsh chemicals, or overloading the disposal with too much waste. Garbage disposal blades are blunt, so there’s no need to “sharpen” them with things like large ice cubes or eggshells.

Are there any garbage disposal repairs I can do on my own?

Many garbage disposal repairs can be done by a DIYer with some plumbing experience. You’ll typically need tools like a screwdriver, garbage disposal wrench, hex key, clamp, bucket, and cup plunger. If your garbage disposal isn’t working at all, it might be due to an electrical problem. If you lack the needed tools, or just want the peace of mind that comes with having a unit serviced by a plumber, it’s best to call in a professional.

Have more questions about garbage disposal repair or maintenance for your Chicago North Shore-area home? Call us at 847-999-4595 or contact American Vintage Home online to schedule your appointment today!