Garbage Disposal Repair – Clogged Garbage Disposal – Replace Garbage Disposal

Joyce San Diego Plumbing provides AFFORDABLE Garbage Disposal Repair

Garbage Disposal InstallationJoyce San Diego Plumbing offers complete garbage disposal service and garbage disposal installation. Our garbage disposal service is one of our specialties.  We know how frustrating it is to have your garbage disposal on the fritz.  Once broken, it often leads to a clogged drain.  We provide affordable installation and repair. We handle all makes of garbage disposals.  That includes both residential and heavy-duty commercial foodservice disposers.


The Most Common Signs of a Broken Garbage Disposal:

  • Leaks
  • Grinding Noise
  • Drain Clogs
  • Clogged Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can have many types of issues. The homeowner can fix some of the problems. Others require the expertise of your local San Diego plumber. This all depends on how comfortable and experienced you are with plumbing repairs. We highly recommend that you do not take unnecessary risks. Here is a list of the most common issue that people run into with broken garbage disposals:

Steps to Fixing a Garbage Disposal


If you try to turn on your garbage disposal and it doesn’t even hum, then it probably overheated. Overheating is typically due to overfilling and has tripped the breaker. To address this issue, look under the unit for a red thermal overload button. If when you press the button and nothing happens, then open your circuit box to see if it tripped a breaker. This is quite common. Most people can do this on their own. You will save paying a professional plumber $75 to push the breaker switch.

Jamming or Clogged Garbage Disposal

If the garbage disposal is humming but not working, then it is probably jammed (the impellers are stuck). Please never put your hand into a drain that has a garbage disposal. You may think this is obvious. Every year too many homeowners lose a finger making this mistake. For safety sake, turn off the appropriate circuit breakers for the garbage disposal. If you can’t figure that out, then unplug the unit under the sink. Locate the recessed hex-shaped hole under the disposer. Insert the hex Allen wrench into the hole on the bottom. Turn your disposal’s motor shaft counterclockwise. If that works, then try turning it clockwise. Repeat this process until whatever obstruction has dislodged. You will know that you succeeded if the motor shaft spins freely. If you can’t reach the point where the shaft spins, then call a professional plumber. Next, remove the wrench. Plug in the disposer. Run some water into the sink and turn the garbage disposal on. If the garbage disposal runs smoothly, congratulations, you fixed it! Please remember that the impellers in the garbage disposal are dangerous and can quickly remove a finger.

Other Issues

If you don’t feel that either of these issues describe your problem, then it’s a more severe issue. At this point, it is a good idea to buy new garbage disposal and hire a professional. Hopefully, you kept the receipt for that unit so you can check if the manufacturer’s warranty will cover replacement. If not, garbage disposals are not expensive. If you buy a new garbage disposal, someone will have to install it. These appliances take a lot of time for DIY. We recommend that you hire a professional El Cajon Plumber to install it to make sure the job is done right.

Replacing a Garbage Disposal is not Expensive

We always suggest that you try to repair your garbage disposal.  Sometimes it is too late for that solution.  Joyce San Diego Plumber offers affordable garbage disposal installation.  We guarantee that you will get an affordable garbage disposal installation.

Joyce San Diego Plumbing offers fast, dependable service.  You will be surprised that we never make a mess in your home. Put down the broom handle and monkey wrench.  Please give us a call at (619) 461-1340 for a FREE ESTIMATE for a garbage disposal repair.