There are several problems that can occur with your garbage disposal that will require a professional eye to diagnose and repair. You want to hire a certified technician in these kinds of situations because they can safely identify the issue and fix it in a way that eliminates any unnecessary risks. Here are some common problems that occur with garbage disposals that require professional assistance to repair:
Issues with overheating. If you turn on your garbage disposal and you do not hear the humming noise, then this means that you have overfilled it which causes the motor to overheat and it will automatically shut off. Some units contain a reset button, but if you push this and nothing happens then this likely means that a breaker has been tripped. If this button is not working, then you will need a professional to fix, which is a very cheap and economical repair.
Issues with jamming up your garbage disposal. If you hear the humming noise but nothing is happening, then this means that you likely jammed up your unit. First off, never stick your hands into the garbage disposal where the grinding chamber is located. Everyone’s first instinct is to reach into it and remove the obstruction by hand, so try to resist the urge to stick your hand down into your garbage disposal. What a technician will do is turn off the circuit breakers to ensure that the grinding mechanism will not turn on. Next, they will dislodge the blockage from inside. This is a fairly straightforward repair, but if you do not know what you are doing, then you could be putting yourself in danger.
Last resort: replacing your garbage disposal. In many situations, it is simply not worth repairing garbage disposal. Sometimes a serious fix is not worth the cost and you will save a lot of time and money by replacing it. You should check your manufacturer’s warranty to see if you are covered. Although a new unit will come with instructions on how to install it, you should have a professional handle this. Lacking basis plumbing skills and knowledge may deter you from successfully installing a replacement unit.