An in-sink garbage disposal shreds food into very tiny pieces which flow away with the running water. A common kitchen sink would normally have the garbage disposal installed in the drain below the sink. The unit would be above the trap and controlled by a power switch. If there is an issue with a jam, the switch may be turned on so as to verify that power is available. The electric motor is also positioned below the sink. An Allen wrench or hex key may be used to rotate the position of the motor. When a jam occurs, the loosened motor may be turned in an attempt to free any clump of food. Thoroughly flushing the sink drain with running water can help to keep the tiny shreds of food moving in the system.

The hopper is the visible top part of the garbage disposal where the food waste begins the journey down the sink drain. The floating food is initially cut by a shredder ring which has sharp slots. A turntable is positioned in the center of the shredder ring. The food is placed on the turntable to begin the process. The turntable has tiny swiveling impellers which use centrifugal force to continuously push the floating food waste toward the surrounding shredder ring. The impellers create the swirl as they swiftly spin the food in the water. The tiny whirlpool sends the food into the shredder ring. The food is carried through the vortex, shredded, and then washed down the sink drain with the running water.

Caution should be used with any grease in the sink which may cause the tiny pieces of food to stick. Clogged drains will be more difficult to handle because the unit blocks direct access to the trap. A jammed garbage disposal is the most common concern. Protective work gloves and safety glasses should be worn while using a tool to clear any jam. The turntable of the jammed unit may be pressed down on one side and then the other with a solid broom handle. A wooden stick, such as a broom handle, may be less likely to damage an in-sink garbage disposal.

Tampa appliance repair specialists can repair most brands and models of in-sink garbage disposals. We can help you with issues such as poor shredding, water leaks, noisy units and machines that fail to operate properly. Contact us at (813) 288-1900 or (727) 822-2600. For a list of the locations where we provide services, please go to our Areas of Service.