For over a decade, that trusty garbage disposal has been conveniently and easily removing waste from your home with the simple flip of a switch. But lately, it has been showing signs of its age, and those easy jobs are no longer being completed efficiently.
How Long Should a Garbage Disposal Last?
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average lifespan of a garbage disposal is 12-to-15 years. Of course, there are ways to help it last longer, and proper maintenance techniques will keep the garbage disposal from showing its age and help you save more money.
But even if we keep it well maintained and are careful about pouring out hot and oily substances, sometimes a garbage disposal will need to be replaced no matter how good our intentions are.
Signs It’s Time to Replace the Garbage Disposal
When a garbage disposal isn’t doing its job correctly, there are a few telltale signs that it is likely on its last legs, and a few more repairs only prolong the agony.
We all have dropped something down the drain and flipped on the disposal – but if nothing had slipped through and the disposal is still making those noises, it’s time to call a professional about a replacement.
A Bad Smell
Old food can leave an odor, but if everything has been properly rinsed and cleaned and that lingering malodorous scent won’t go away, there could be trouble with the disposal.
It Won’t Turn On
If you’ve hit the reset button, checked the circuit breakers, and nothing is making the disposal go on, it’s time to consult a pro.
Over time, a garbage disposal may develop cracks or even begin to leak, and when this happens, it likely is time to replace the unit.
Constantly Hitting Reset
Like an old car that won’t turn over, a garbage disposal that always needs to be given a jump start is likely on its last legs.
Pay Attention to Your Garbage Disposal
Identifying problems with a faulty garbage disposal can save you a fortune. Fixing a bad garbage disposal is something a lot of people can do. But if your problem is too big and overwhelming, your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here to help! Give us a call at 1-877-BEN-1776, or contact us online.