TIPS TO PREVENT THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL BREAKING JUST BEFORE YOM TOV & QUICK FIX IF IT DOES STOP WORKING. The fix will get your sink draining and garbage disposal working again. Faster than you can say SHKIA!
PLUS: SAFETY INFORMATION TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY!
Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts and QUICK FIX INSTRUCTIONS!
Clogged drains and broken garbage disposals are a major inconvenience and usually occur within two hours of candle lighting on shabbos or Yom tov. Not to mention Garbage disposal repair can be a costly proposition. Fortunately, most garbage disposal troubles are VERY SIMPLE AND QUICK TO FIX not to mention completely unnecessary. Garbage disposal care and maintenance is extremely easy.
Instructions on how to fix and repair a clogged garbage disposal, a stuck garbage disposal, or it stopped working. If you have a clogged garbage disposal, is stuck, jammed, or making a humming sound, there is likely a problem 1. in the grind chamber or 2. has tripped the overload protector.
IF YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL IS NOT WORKING.
WHEN YOU TURN IT ON YOU ONLY HEAR A VERY FAINT HUMM AND WATER IS BACKED UP AND IS NOT GOING DOWN.
The only tool you will need is a garbage disposal wrench. The off-set silver colored wrench is about four inches long, or you can use a standard 1/4 inch Allen wrench. Insert the wrench into the hole at the bottom of the disposer. Use the wrench like a crank. Work the wrench back and forth in both directions. If the wrench will not turn easily, it is OK to use some force. The wrench is designed to bend before any damage is done to the disposer. Continue working with the wrench until it turns freely in complete circles in both directions. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS WRENCH GO GET ONE TODAY!!!!
OFTEN THE CAUSE OF THE JAM IS BROKEN GLASS OR SMALL PIECE OF METAL
If possible you want to remove the object from the disposal before you turn it on. Get a flash light and see if you can figure out where it is. Use tongs, pliers or a magnet to remove the object. No fingers or hands in the disposal, EVER.
(TRIPPED OVERLOADED PROTECTOR)
ELECTRIC CIRCUIT COULD BE OVERLOADED
Check the overload protector. The overload protector is located under the sink, on the bottom of the garbage disposal, facing the floor. It is a small square red button. If the overload protector has tripped, you will see the red button dropped down about a quarter of an inch (5mm). Gently press the red button. If it does not stay up, wait ten minutes and try again. Turn on the water, then the garbage disposer. The disposer should now run. If it jams again, use the wrench again. You may need to repeat the process several times.
NEVER EVER PUT YOU HAND DOWN INTO THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL
It is tempting to reach down into the garbage disposal to see what is “blocking” it and prventing it
from working. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND ONE COULD LOSE FINGERS OR HAND.
-You could without paying attention flip on the switch with other hand, not thinking.
-Someone working or watching you could flip the switch without thinking
-Electric surge could happen.
If going to place a tool in first unplug the disposal from underneath the sink.
PREVENTION AND MAINTENANCE – (see nice chart below)
1. Use the garbage disposal regularly. Lack of use can lead to rust, clogs and corrosion.
2. Only use cold water when running your in-sink garbage disposal. Cold water hardens fat and grease, which can then be ground and run through the system. Using hot water dissolves grease and fats. Dissolved grease and fats do not completely move through the system and remain in the line, where they sit and harden. The drain line then becomes clogged. Run the water until all food has been ground.
3. Do not put shells or husks down the garbage disposal. This includes oyster and clam shells, as well as corn husks, onion peels and celery stalks. Corn husks can wrap around the blades of your in-sink garbage disposal, causing the blades to become immobile and the motor to burn out. Clam and oyster shells cannot be successfully ground.
4. To keep your blades sharp and clean on your in-sink garbage disposal, run ice cubes down the disposal every two weeks. Once a month, freeze vinegar into cubes and run the vinegar cubes through the disposal. This will prevent rust build-up.
5. Only put food down your in-sink garbage disposal. The most common items found in clogged garbage disposals are:
Putting any of these items down your in-sink garbage disposal can result in a broken disposal.
6. Never use any type of chemical in your in-sink garbage disposal. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can eat away at the blades and the lines. To rid your garbage disposal of foul odors, run citrus peels, such as lemon and orange through the disposal.
7. Don’t run the dishwasher and the garbage disposal at the same time. Dishwashers and in-sink garbage disposals share the same line. Running them together may result in the food from the garbage disposal being thrown into the dishwasher.