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Garbage Disposals

Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation in Birmingham, AL

A garbage disposal is great at getting rid of food scraps without having to worry about a clogged drain. However, when garbage disposals break down it can be inconvenient and can lead to significant problems in the home. In fact, your entire plumbing system is at risk if your disposal goes down. If you need to schedule repairs or a replacement in the Birmingham, AL area, trust Douglas Cooling & Heating.

Common Garbage Disposal Repairs

Leaking Garbage Disposals

Leaks are frequently caused by a deteriorating putty seal or an old or poorly fitting O-ring. Leakage could also mean some components need tightening, or connections to the dishwasher and drain pipe are compromised. If you find a worn-out or leaky part, replace it.
Garbage disposals can leak all over, even into your dishwasher or the rest of your plumbing system. If you notice any signs of leaking, it is a clear sign that repairs are necessary.

Blades Aren’t Moving

Garbage disposals have a flat plate with small, rotating, steel mashers, and an inner disposal wall that has "teeth" to do the job of grinding your food waste. If the disposal’s blades do not move when the system is on, there are two common causes. Either debris is stuck, or there’s a problem with the internal components. For your safety, you shouldn’t handle the job yourself. Call one of our highly skilled professionals in Birmingham, AL garbage disposal repair service

No Power

Disposals that aren’t turning on will need to be seen by a professional. Even in the case of electrical issues, Douglas Cooling & Heating technicians know how to handle the job.

Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is difficult to clear out yourself, not to mention dangerous. Grinding certain foods, such as potato peels, banana peels, and eggshells, can also easily clog your kitchen’s drain lines in no time at all. You should always trickle cold water into the garbage disposal while breaking down foods. If the disposal is clogged, then it’s time to call for Birmingham, AL garbage disposal repair services.


A jammed-up system is another common problem with garbage disposals. The job of the rubber shield at the top of the garbage disposal unit is to keep fast-moving food particles from being ejected out of the disposal. The stopper lets you plug the sink to hold water when you’re not using the disposal. If you notice the sink is not draining properly it could be jammed with debris.

Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs to Be Replaced

In some cases, it’s best to call for replacement instead of repair. You may need to schedule service for Birmingham, AL garbage disposal replacement service if you notice the following signs.

Old Age

Even though we can all agree that garbage disposals are an amazing invention, they have their limits. If the unit is more than 10 years old, installing a new garbage disposal is more cost-effective than repair. Once the system has reached this ripe age more and more components will begin to break down. These repair costs add up over time. Contact us today to schedule reliable replacement and installation services.

Loud Noises

Loud banging or grinding noises indicate the system has some severe technical problems. In this case, repairs may not even be possible, and it’s time for system replacement service.

Hitting the Reset Button Frequently

If you find you need to press the system reset button more often, it means the system is older and becoming scrambled. It is better to install a new one than to have to worry about resetting the old system all the time.

Excessive Leaking

If your disposal constantly leaks despite regular maintenance and repair, then it’s well on its way out. Save yourself from future headaches, water damage, and excessive spending by scheduling an appointment for replacement services.

Frequent Clogs

Frequent clogging means the system is no longer functioning optimally. Spare your household plumbing additional damage by having your unit replaced.
Food Takes Too Long to Grind

Your system should grind leftover food quickly and efficiently. If the unit is straining to perform this basic task, it’s a definite sign of trouble. If repairs haven’t done the trick, then it’s time to install a new unit.