Installing a Badger 5 garbage disposal unit is one of the best ways to prevent your drain lines from getting clogged. Badger 5 products are specially designed to be durable and have excellent quality, so you can expect great performance from them with proper care.
Unfortunately, just like any other equipment, your garbage disposal unit can experience problems from improper handling or even simple wear and tear. But don’t worry when this happens since you can take several steps to fix your machine and bring it back to good shape.
Doesn’t Function At All
It can be alarming when your garbage disposal stops working but, instead of panicking, try hitting its reset button. More likely than not, it will solve the problem and get your unit back up and running. If this doesn’t work, check that your machine is getting enough power. You can unplug it from the outlet and plug in another type of appliance, like a desk lamp or a hair dryer. If doesn’t work, take a look at your fuse or circuit breaker, turn it off, and turn it back on. Re-plug your garbage disposal and see if it works.
If you’ve tested the wall outlet and found out that it has good power supply, the problem may lie in the machine itself. The biggest culprit might be a big clog that prevents your unit from functioning. You can fix it by following the instructions below but, if you’ve done everything you could, it’s time to call a garbage disposal expert.
Has a Jam
A jammed garbage disposal is easy to spot since it gives you clues. It may hum but won’t grind as properly as it should, or it may grind slowly but emit a loud noise. It may also start off well but eventually turn off before it has ground all the food waste.
When these happen, the best thing you can do is to try to unjam your garbage disposal. Start by unplugging the unit or turning off the circuit breaker. Next, check the bottom of the disposal and locate a hexagon-shaped hole. Once you find it, take the wrench that’s attached to the disposal (or get your own ¼ inch hex wrench), insert it into the hole, and turn it back and forth to remove whatever is clogging your unit. Once you can turn the disposal a full revolution, press the reset button and see if your unit functions properly.
It’s worth noting that jams aren’t the only reasons for poor garbage disposal performance since broken blades can also be the culprit. If this is the case, the best step to take is to buy a new machine, which is cheaper than replacing the blades.
Has a Leak
If your garbage disposal is leaking water, find out where the leak is located. Usually, if leaks are in the areas where the garbage disposal connects with other pipes, you only have to reinstall it properly, tighten the connections, or replace worn-out gaskets or screws. But, if the leak is in the body of your machine, you’ll need to have it checked by a professional or replace it altogether.
Take these steps now to fix your Badger 5 garbage disposal!