Plumber repairing a garbage disposal under a sink

Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals can be a huge help around the kitchen, making cleaning up after meals less messy. But if something gets lodged in the disposal, it can become quite the nuisance. Some issues, including clogs and leaks, could disrupt other parts of the plumbing system. If you’re hearing unpleasant noises or struggling with inconsistent performance from your disposal, professional expertise may be just what you need.

At Freedom Heating & Cooling, we can provide quality garbage disposal services to keep this helpful fixture in working order. When you need garbage disposal repair in Birmingham, let’s go ahead and set up an appointment!

How Do Garbage Disposals Work? What Are Some Common Disposal Problems?

Garbage disposals are built to break down debris from food and other organic materials before they hurt your plumbing system. Compact blades housed within the disposal cut up debris into smaller pieces, preventing clogs from forming in the pipes. The standard garbage disposal is energy efficient, requiring smaller amounts water and electricity to function.

If something goes wrong, it’s most often a result of an electrical issue or improper use. The best way to avoid damaging your garbage disposal is to learn what can and can’t go into it. Freedom Heating & Cooling technicians find the root cause of the problem to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again.

1. Your Disposal Isn’t Starting

If your disposal won’t start, try pushing the reset button located on the unit. If the disposal still won’t start, it’s usually because of electrical problem or because the blades can’t move. Damaged wiring may not be safe to inspect and repair, so we suggest leaving garbage disposal repair to skilled technicians.

2. The Motor Is Running, But the Blades Aren’t

If you hear the disposal but the blades aren’t actually spinning, it could be an electrical error, damage to the motor, or another malfunction somewhere internally. To avoid injury, we check that the disposal is off before looking for obstructions.

Occasionally, a stubborn piece of debris has gotten stuck inside the disposal, catching the blades and preventing rotation. Broken or malfunctioning blades are capable of injury, so never put your hand into the disposal if you aren’t certain it’s turned off and unplugged.

3. Leaks

A consistent leak can be a telltale sign there’s a problem with the disposal. As food waste solidifies and hardens, it may damage internal components and potentially spring a leak. Localized water damage is another way you might realize there’s something wrong with the disposal. If you find mold or mildew close to drain, the garbage disposal may be to blame.

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Learn What Is Supposed to Go in Your Garbage Disposal

Remembering what should and shouldn’t go into your garbage disposal can be frustrating. Here are general guidelines:


Start with food pieces as small as possible to make them easier to grind up.


Don’t throw in fibrous items like vegetable skins, which can clog up your garbage disposal.


Liquids like milk or soda won’t hurt the disposal, but you should never pour in cooking oil and grease, which can solidify and gum up internal components.


Coffee grounds and eggshells can form severe clogs, so avoid dumping them into your garbage disposal.


Freedom Heating & Cooling's Quality Disposal Repair and Replacement

At Freedom Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to quality disposal repairs. Our expert technicians find and fix your problem right away unless the cost of repairs is similar to a replacement. In these cases, it’s likely better for your budget to go ahead and proceed with garbage disposal installation in Birmingham.

Whatever problem you’re dealing with, we can help. Schedule a consultation or request a free quote by giving us a call at 205-444-4444 today!

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