Garbage Disposal Repair in Maryland and Washington, DC

If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, you know how much you rely on it and, therefore, how important it is that it works properly. Unfortunately, garbage disposals can be fickle. If you accidentally drop a spoon in there, if you don’t use enough water to wash away the debris, or if it’s just jammed up and you’re hearing the infamous garbage disposal buzz, you may be in need of garbage disposal repair. Fortunately, the garbage disposal repair experts at James A. Wheat & Sons can take care of all your plumbing problems so your food preparation and disposal is never a hassle.

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Our garbage disposal repair services

Everyone knows what a garbage disposal is—it’s an electrically driven device designed to grind down organic matter (food waste) into manageable pieces that can easily move through your drain pipes. Garbage disposals are invaluable items for anyone who does a lot of cooking at home, because they prevent you from having to throw away all messy food waste, and they help save your pipes from accidental clogging.

All garbage disposals should have a reset button on the bottom of the unit. If you think you need garbage disposal repair, try pressing the reset button first. If this doesn’t work, call James A. Wheat & Sons! Our experienced garbage disposal repair experts can quickly diagnose your problem and get your garbage disposal working again in no time.

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Garbage disposal tips

The easiest way to keep your disposal working properly and avoid a garbage disposal replacement is by taking steps to make sure you never have problems with it at all. Almost all garbage disposal problems can be avoided by simply watching what you put down the disposal.

Things you should NOT put down your garbage disposal:

  • Fats from meats
  • Bone fragments
  • Unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Fruit pits and seeds
  • Onion skins
  • Banana peels
  • Stringy vegetables like asparagus and celery
  • Potato skins

Things you SHOULD put down your garbage disposal:

  • Vegetable ends
  • Soft food matter
  • Ice cubes (to clean the garbage disposal out every now and then)
  • A little dishwashing soap (helps freshen the smell)

Learn more about what you can put down your garbage disposal »

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Garbage disposal installation & replacement

Don’t forget, in addition to providing repairs, our experienced plumbers can also do installations and replacements! If your home doesn’t currently have a garbage disposal and you’d like to have one, or if your current garbage disposal is old and beyond repair, our expert plumbers can help.

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Schedule your garbage disposal repair today

If you need garbage disposal repair in Maryland or Washington, DC, contact the expert plumbers at James A. Wheat & Sons! Your friends and neighbors have relied on us since 1978 because of our dependable, customer-first approach. We can diagnose the cause of your disposal problem and repair it professionally and expertly.

Contact us online or by phone at 240-399-5051 to schedule an appointment!

Garbage Disposal Repair FAQs

Can a garbage disposal be repaired?

Yes, sometimes garbage disposals are repairable. Some components can jam or break, or seals can become worn out over time. These small issues can get repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new system. However, you are best off if you have a professional tackle the repair to ensure it’s done right.

Should I repair or replace my garbage disposal?

While a plumber can repair garbage disposals, sometimes the most cost-effective option is a replacement. Repairing one part of the system when it breaks can leave the door open to further breakdowns because once one component starts to break, others often follow suit. If a component has broken or the system is leaking, you are probably better off replacing it. If, however, you are dealing with a clog, then you can have the unit unclogged with the help of a plumber and avoid the need to replace it.

What is the average lifespan of a garbage disposal?

You can expect your garbage disposal to last around 10 to 15 years. If yours is close to the end of that lifespan and is having trouble, it is time to consider replacing it. While you can repair it, you will likely be better served with a new one.

How can I prevent problems with my garbage disposal?

The best way to protect your garbage disposal from problems is to avoid sending items down it that could damage it. Fibrous vegetables, meat, and fat are all potentially damaging to the disposal. You should also avoid hard, non-food items like rocks or glass. If these do get into the disposal, remove them before running it to avoid unnecessary and costly damage. By taking these precautions, you can get the longest potential lifespan out of your disposal.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

We stand behind every job we perform, because that’s what it means to be family. Your complete satisfaction is our guarantee.

Upfront
Pricing

You’ll never be stuck with an unexpected bill when your services are complete. We offer upfront, no-surprise pricing, so you can rest assured you’re only paying for the high-quality work you receive.

Trained
Technicians

Our secret to offering the best service in the business is simple. We hire quality people and continually train them to provide the best customer experience possible. We train weekly on service, equipment, diagnosis, and more. You can rest assured that our technicians will bring the industry expertise necessary to exceed your expectations.

Extended
Warranties

We work continuously to keep up with recalls, extended warranties, and notices regarding all plumbing, heating, and AC equipment that we may come in contact with in your home.

Commitment
to Community

We believe that as we grow, so should our community—that’s why we look for every opportunity possible to give back.

Easy
Financing

We understand the financial strain that often accompanies new system installation, home remodeling, or unexpected service calls. That’s why we offer easy financing to keep your household budget intact.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We stand behind every job we perform, because that’s what it means to be family. Your complete satisfaction is our guarantee.

Upfront
Pricing

You’ll never be stuck with an unexpected bill when your services are complete. We offer upfront, no-surprise pricing, so you can rest assured you’re only paying for the high-quality work you receive.

Trained
Technicians

Our secret to offering the best service in the business is simple. We hire quality people and continually train them to provide the best customer experience possible. We train weekly on service, equipment, diagnosis, and more. You can rest assured that our technicians will bring the industry expertise necessary to exceed your expectations.

Extended
Warranties

We work continuously to keep up with recalls, extended warranties, and notices regarding all plumbing, heating, and AC equipment that we may come in contact with in your home.

Commitment to Community

We believe that as we grow, so should our community—that’s why we look for every opportunity possible to give back.

Easy
Financing

We understand the financial strain that often accompanies new system installation, home remodeling, or unexpected service calls. That’s why we offer easy financing to keep your household budget intact.

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