A jammed garbage disposal is perhaps one of the most annoying things that can happen to your kitchen sink. When a hard object lodges between the walls and blades of your disposal, the blades can no longer function. You’ll likely hear a humming noise as the motor strains against the hard object, and you’ll notice that your disposal blades don’t move when it’s switched on. If you discover a jam in your disposal, it’s best to call in the professionals at P&D Mechanical. We can quickly clear the source of the jam and get your disposal back in working order. What causes a jam and how can we fix the issue? Read on to find out.


Why’s Your Disposal Jammed?

Your disposal jams when a foreign object becomes lodged between the blades and the sides of the disposal. The most common culprits involved in disposal jams are:


●        Silverware

●        Pieces of bone

●        Fibrous vegetables

●        Fruit pits and seeds

●        A buildup of coffee grounds

●        Too much food at once


To help avoid causing a jam, it’s best to toss questionable items in the trash rather than put them down the disposal. Exercise caution when feeding items into the disposal and make sure to chop them small enough for the disposal to handle them easily. If you do end up with a jam, however, it’s best to call the professionals to fix the problem effectively and safely.


It May Be More Than a Jam

If your garbage disposal doesn’t operate and you don’t hear a humming noise, it’s best to call a professional. Your motor may have overheated and tripped the internal circuit breaker, in which case you’ll need to reset the disposal. Or, you may be dealing with a burned out motor, which is a much more intensive repair. A professional can quickly and accurately diagnose this type of problem and will have the tools necessary to get the job done right.


Garbage Disposal Repair from P&D Mechanical

If you have a jammed or otherwise dysfunctional garbage disposal, P&D Mechanical can help. Since 1969, we’ve been dedicated to servicing homeowners’ plumbing and heating issues. We are committed to providing one-on-one customer service to resolve your issue as quickly as possible. We offer comprehensive plumbing and heating work, and our professional technicians work hard to stay abreast of industry trends and developments. For any questions about our services or to schedule an estimate, contact us at 763-533-2218, or you can message us on our contact page.

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