garbage disposal

Your garbage disposal is a kitchen workhorse, grinding away food scraps and making cleanup a breeze. However, like all appliances, it can run into problems over time. When faced with a malfunctioning garbage disposal, homeowners often wonder whether it’s better to repair or replace it. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the factors to consider when making this decision, helping you make the right choice for your San Diego home.

  1. Age of Your Garbage Disposal:

    The age of your garbage disposal is a crucial factor in determining whether to repair or replace it. On average, these appliances have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If your disposal is relatively new and experiences minor issues, a repair may be all it needs to get back to optimal functionality. However, if it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan and facing frequent problems, replacement might be the more cost-effective long-term solution.

  2. Type and Extent of Damage:

    Assess the type and extent of damage to your garbage disposal. Minor issues like jamming, unusual noises, or intermittent operation can often be repaired. A jammed disposal, for instance, might require resetting or clearing an obstruction. However, if you’re dealing with a motor failure, severe leaks, or extensive damage, replacement is usually the better choice.

  3. Cost of Repairs vs. Replacement:

    Before making a decision, consider the cost of repairs compared to the price of a new garbage disposal. Minor repairs are generally more affordable than purchasing a brand-new unit. However, if the repair costs approach or exceed half the price of a new disposal, it may make more financial sense to replace it. Replacement ensures you get a fully functional and efficient appliance, avoiding the hassle of frequent repairs.

  4. Energy Efficiency:

    Modern garbage disposals are designed to be energy-efficient, helping you save on electricity and water bills. If your current disposal is an older model, it may be less efficient than newer options. Replacing it with an energy-efficient model can lead to long-term savings and a reduced environmental footprint.

  5. Environmental Impact:

    Please take into account the environmental impact when deciding whether to repair or replace your garbage disposal. If your disposal is relatively new and can be repaired, choosing repair may be a more eco-friendly option. However, if your old disposal is inefficient and contributes to excess waste and energy consumption, replacing it with a newer, more efficient model can be a greener choice in the long run.

  6. Frequency of Repairs:

    Evaluate how frequently you’ve been dealing with disposal issues. If you find yourself calling for repairs every few months, it’s a sign that your disposal may be reaching the end of its useful life. Frequent repairs can become a hassle and add up in terms of costs. Investing in a new disposal can provide peace of mind and reduce the inconvenience of breakdowns.

  7. Upgrade Options:

    When we replace your garbage disposal, we’ll go ahead and explore with you the possibility of upgrading to a more advanced model. Newer disposals often come with features like quieter operation, better grinding capabilities, and enhanced durability. Upgrading allows you to enjoy improved performance and convenience in your kitchen. Plus, many of the new models are very quiet.

  8. Professional Assessment:

    When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to consult with a professional plumber. Able Plumbing will inspect your garbage disposal, assess its condition, and provide expert advice on whether to repair or replace it. We can also recommend high-quality replacement options tailored to your needs.

What About Do-It-Yourself Fixes?

  • One thing we recommend to our clients is to put a squirt of dish liquid into the garbage disposal every few months, especially if you’re going out of town for a while.
  • One thing we DO NOT recommend is putting a broom handle into the disposal to get it unstuck. This can damage the unit.
  • Remember, there is a reset button on the bottom of your unit. Try pushing on that if your unit is not functioning.

Next month we’ll go into more detail about DIY garbage disposal fixes… stay tuned!

In Conclusion

Deciding whether to repair or replace your garbage disposal is a decision that depends on several factors, including the age of the unit, the type and extent of damage, repair costs, energy efficiency, environmental considerations, frequency of repairs, and upgrade options. To make an informed choice, evaluate these factors carefully and seek the guidance of a professional, like the pros at Able Plumbing, when needed.

At Able Plumbing & Drain Service in San Diego, we have the expertise to diagnose and address your garbage disposal issues effectively. Whether it’s a simple repair or a complete replacement, we’re here to ensure your kitchen operates smoothly. Don’t let a malfunctioning garbage disposal disrupt your daily routine. Contact us today for a thorough assessment and expert recommendations to keep your kitchen running efficiently.

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