Common Issues with Garbage Disposals and How to Fix Them
Common Garbage Disposal Issues

Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen is practical and efficient for disposing of food waste. Although, like any appliance, it may encounter problems that you need to troubleshoot. This blog post will discuss some of the typical issues with garbage disposals and provide you with DIY solutions for minor problems. We will also advise you on when it’s best to seek professional help to prevent further complications.

Clogged Disposal

Clogging is a common issue that affects garbage disposals when food particles or other debris accumulate and prevent them from functioning properly. If you encounter a clogged disposal, follow these steps:

1. Turn off the disposal and disconnect the power.

2. Use tongs or pliers to remove visible debris or large objects from the disposal chamber.

3. Check the drainpipe and clear any blockages using a plunger or plumbing snake.

4. Once the clog is cleared, restore power to the disposal and run water to ensure proper drainage.

Jammed Motor

If your garbage disposal is making a humming sound but the blades aren’t moving, it’s probably because the motor is jammed. Follow these steps to fix it:

1. Turn off the disposal and unplug it.

2. Find the hex-shaped hole or reset button on the bottom of the unit.

3. Use an Allen wrench to turn the impeller manually and free any blockages.

4. Remove any debris that’s causing the jam, and then plug in the disposal to test if it’s working correctly.

Foul Odors

If you’re dealing with persistent odors coming from your garbage disposal, it can create an unpleasant atmosphere in your kitchen. Here are some tips to help you tackle this issue:

  • Run cold water for a few seconds before and after using the disposal to flush away food particles.
  • Toss ice cubes into the disposal while running it to freshen up the blades and eliminate odors.
  • Create a natural cleaning solution by pouring a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the disposal. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.


A leaking garbage disposal can cause water damage and further complications. If you notice water pooling beneath the sink, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the disposal and disconnect the power.
  • Check for loose connections underneath your sink and tighten them if necessary.
  • Inspect the disposal’s gasket for signs of wear and replace it if necessary.
  • If the leak persists, do not hesitate to call Steve Huff Plumbing to assess and repair the issue.

When to Seek Professional Help

Although some minor problems with garbage disposals can be fixed with DIY solutions, it is recommended to seek assistance from Steve Huff Plumbing in certain situations:

  • Persistent leaks that cannot be fixed by tightening connections or replacing gaskets.
  • Grinding or rattling noises that indicate mechanical problems.
  • Electrical issues such as tripping breakers or power failures.
  • If you do not have the required tools, skills, or confidence to fix the disposal on your own.

If you’re still experiencing problems with your garbage disposal even after trying the tips mentioned in this blog, don’t hesitate to contact Steve Huff Plumbing. We guarantee that we can fix your garbage disposal and make it work even better than before.