Garbage disposal should last up to 12 years, according to experts but, like any appliance, how you treat it determines whether it lives longer—or shorter than the average lifespan.

Wondering if it’s time to ditch your disposal?

Garbage disposal should last up to 12 years, according to experts but, like any appliance, how you treat it determines whether it lives longer—or shorter than the average lifespan.

Wondering if it’s time to ditch your disposal?

Well, you should replace your garbage disposal if you see these 5 signs:

  1. It clogs often (either the blades are getting dull or you need larger disposal)
  2. You have to press the RESET button often
  3. Food takes longer and longer to grind
  4. The unit is leaky
  5. The unit is making loud noises

We’ll explain each of these 5 signs and why they indicate that you need a new garbage disposal.

Replace your garbage disposal when…

…it clogs often.

If your garbage disposal is constantly clogging, it most likely either means that

  1. The blades are getting dull 
  2. Your garbage disposal is too small

You see, when the disposal blades can’t properly break down food, large particles will either clog the disposal itself or create a clog further down in the sink’s drain pipes.

Another reason your disposal might be clogging often is that it’s undersized for your needs. Garbage disposals are sized by their horsepower. The higher the horsepower, the more food it can break down in one sitting. So, if your garbage disposal is constantly clogging and you need to replace it, look into installing a bigger model.

If you are experiencing trouble with your garbage disposal or need general maintenance call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free @888-315-5564

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