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Garbage Disposal Installation & Repair

Your Full-Service Experts for Installing, Replacing, or Repairing Garbage Disposals

Expert Garbage Disposal Services in San Francisco Peninsula, CA

Sometimes, your leftovers simply aren’t worth saving and storing—that’s where your garbage disposal comes in! But they’re more than just convenient. They also work with your dishwasher and sink to prevent clogged drains from food that accidentally falls off plates, pots, and pans. Garbage disposals are also a necessity for the food service industry and the best way to prevent food odors in garbage cans. 

But what happens when they fail? At George Salet Plumbing, we’re experts in garbage disposal repair, replacement, and installation. Whether you’re interested in installing a disposal for the first time or repairing the one you have, we have the experience to get the job done right. We can install and repair all makes and models, from light residential to heavy commercial units.

Garbage Disposal Repair Services

Garbage disposal repair is normally necessary when the undercutter disk becomes jammed, the hoses and seals start leaking, or the impeller wears out. The main culprits for these malfunctions are grease, large items, hard items, and fibrous foods like celery. Fortunately, our qualified technicians can save your unit in many of these cases. If you’ve noticed any of the following issues, your garbage disposal may be repairable:

  • Flywheel is jammed
  • Disposal is slow to drain
  • Food doesn’t break down as fast (dulled blades)
  • You smell a bad odor
  • Small leaks (deteriorated seals or loose sink flange)

Garbage Disposal Installation Services

While repair is always the first route, sometimes replacement is the best course of action. At George Salet Plumbing, we can supply residential and commercial disposals, including the Insinkerator Pro Series. We recommend these disposals because they have a larger, more powerful motor and an in-home service warranty. You’ll likely need to replace your garbage disposal if you notice:

  • Frequent clogs or persistent odors
  • Frequent need to reset the unit
  • The unit is leaking at the bottom
  • The unit won’t turn on or is on but doesn’t work (damaged switch or unit)
  • Garbage disposal makes strange or loud noises

Garbage Disposal FAQs

In some cases, it certainly can be! Garbage disposals have a lifespan of up to 15 years with proper maintenance. When certain components wear out, replacing them can be an easy way to extend the unit’s lifespan. In some cases, like when the motor burns out completely, replacing the unit is more cost-effective. At George Salet Plumbing, we’ll always be honest about the most budget-friendly option for you.

This problem usually has one of two causes: jammed blades or a faulty motor. Try shining a flashlight down the disposal drain to see if there are any visible problems, like a piece of silverware blocking the blades. If so, UNPLUG the unit and CAREFULLY remove the obstruction if it is safe to do so. If a jam isn’t the source of the problem, the motor may need to be replaced. In this case, it’s often more cost-effective to replace the unit.

While running cold water from the tap, you can put just about any non-fibrous food down your disposal. Some of these foods include meat scraps, eggs, egg shells, coffee grounds, bones up to ½ inch in diameter, fruits like apples, and peelings from cucumbers, potatoes, citrus fruits, etc. 

Never put fibrous food scraps down your garbage disposal, as they can get tangled and lock up its components. Foods to avoid include corn husks, asparagus, celery, or artichokes. Be careful with large amounts of pasta or large chunks of food waste, as they can burn out the motor.

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