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Why Is My Garbage Disposal Only Humming?

March 18, 2024 | Blog

Kitchen Plumbing Repair In Lake Charles, LA

When turning on your garbage disposal, you likely expect to hear the grinding noise this mechanism is known for. With this expectation in mind, it can be puzzling if it produces a humming-like noise. The sound may also indicate an issue with this crucial kitchen component.

Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing recognizes the role a functioning kitchen plays in your daily life. A faulty garbage disposal disrupts this harmony, leaving you in a bind. We’re here to share a few causes of a humming unit and practical steps to resolve the irritating issue.

Why Won’t My Garbage Disposal Work?

A humming noise indicates that while the disposal’s motor is active, the grinding mechanisms are not spinning. This discrepancy can arise from various issues, such as jams, clogs or mechanical failures.

This noise signals that the disposal is powered but obstructed or malfunctioning internally.

Diagnosing The Problem: How To Reset Garbage Disposals

A primary step in troubleshooting this kitchen component is attempting a reset. This process can often rectify minor glitches causing the disposal to hum without action. To reset this machinery, follow these steps:

  • Power off the electricity — Always unplug the disposal before attempting a reset.
  • Check for blockages — Inspect the drain for any large items clogging the grinder plates.
  • Locate the reset button — Find the red or black reset button on the unit’s underside.
  • Press the reset button — Push the button firmly and wait 10 minutes. If it clicks and stays in, the unit is reset.
  • Test the disposal — After restoring power, test the disposal. If the issue persists, a professional plumber on our team can assist you.

Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing specializes in Lake Charles kitchen plumbing repairs. You can trust our experts to diagnose issues with this system, restoring it to optimal efficiency.

Garbage Disposal Blades Not Spinning

Jammed or stuck impeller blades are a frequent culprit behind a humming disposal. To correct this problem, ensure the disposal is off and unplugged for safety.

Use an Allen wrench in the disposal’s bottom hex socket to wiggle the impellers free and manually unjam the unit. This simple movement is often enough to loosen the object clogging the machinery. Our team is here to assist with this process if repairs are necessary.

Electrical Garbage Disposal Issues

If resetting and manual unjamming don’t revive this component, an electrical problem might be at play. Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box. A tripped breaker or blown fuse could be the root cause of the humming noise.

It’s best to have an experienced electrician handle the unit’s electrical components. Our team can inspect the wiring for any loose connections or signs of wear. This task requires caution and careful attention to detail.

When To Seek Professional Plumbing Services

Some issues are beyond the scope of DIY fixes. If your garbage disposal still hums after these steps, it’s time to call experts like Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Our skilled technicians can diagnose and repair or replace your disposal, ensuring your kitchen’s functionality is not compromised.

How To Prevent Garbage Disposal Issues

Preventing disposal problems starts with proper care and maintenance. A few maintenance tasks to keep in mind as you use this component include:

  • Avoid hard objects — Keep hard, fibrous or non-food items out of the disposal to prevent jams.
  • Cold water flush — Regularly run cold water through the disposal after use to clear residual waste and prevent clogs.
  • Cleaning tips — You can occasionally use ice cubes with coarse salt or vinegar with baking soda to clean the grinding mechanisms.

A humming disposal can be a minor hiccup or a sign of a more significant issue. By following the troubleshooting steps outlined, you can care for this appliance and prevent potential issues from occurring.

Ensuring Efficient Kitchen Plumbing In Lake Charles

When plumbing problems persist, reach out to professionals at Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing! Our team is ready to provide the expert assistance needed to keep your kitchen running smoothly. Contact us today for kitchen plumbing services that elevate your home’s systems.

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