American Standard Garbage Disposal – Smart Garbage Disposal

American Standard is a name that you see around the world, not just in the States. It was founded in New Jersey over a century ago. It’s primarily known as a producer of toilets – that’s where you most commonly see its familiar American Standard signature logo, but the company actually has three divisions. These are bathroom faucets, bathroom fixtures and Chinaware. Within one of these ranges, the company also produces garbage disposal units too. Their products tend to fit into the mid-range while not being either inferior by being too cheap or being super luxurious either. As such, their products tend to aim at no frills, value for money, which perfectly suits the garbage disposal market.

While American Standards wash basins and toilets see wide distribution in large retail stores, their other consumer-led appliance products are well-respected; just seen in stores less often. Don’t let this put you off. They’re a trusted brand with something to protect with their enviable reputation, so they aim at the middle market to offer good value and high production values to boot. Here are two products that offer something to consumers looking for a new garbage disposal for their home.

American Standard Garbage Disposal Reviews

American Standard ASD-1250 Torque Master

The American Standard ASD-1250 model is known as their Torque Master which is great marketing speak. However, the clever marketing notwithstanding, there’s a lot on offer here. The 1 ¼ horsepower motor is not to be taken lightly. There’s enough power there to make short work of any food or miscellaneous garbage at this rate. However, what’s even more impressive is the 2,800 RPMs that the engine is capable of powering. It’s therefore extremely powerful to slice through tough produce with total ease and turn it into something so fine, it will never likely block up the outside drain.

American Standard Garbage disposalTo keep the noise level down, the unit is fitted with a sound shell to provide much needed insulation from all that high RPM activity. The grinding system is purposely balanced to minimize vibrations and other sound emanations too. The special Silver Guard is a magnet that is intended to secure metallic objects to the side before they get inside the unit itself. This avoids a strange fork or knife finding its way down the chute. A Bio Shield is also fitted too. This intends to prevent contaminants and unwanted related odors from escaping the unit once food waste has gone down there. It’s a nice added touch that you don’t always see in lesser brands or more basic models. A power cord is pre-installed which is helpful on the installation side too.

American Standard High Torque 1.25 HP Garbage Disposer

The American Standard High Torque model also comes with a one ¼ horsepower engine behind it, so it won’t let you down. There’s a fractionally slower 2,700 RPMs to slice through garbage as needed. The package includes all the relevant parts including a stopper to prevent items falling down too. It’s powered with a cord ready to go too. It will install underneath a stainless-steel sink where the rubber gasket is necessary, however with other types of sinks, it’ll be necessary to use some putty to create the right seal.

There’s a magnetic guard ring present which tries to grab cutlery before it slides into the machinery and causes a jam. This can be a real lifesaver and prevents one mistake breaking your internal cutting parts. To reduce noise, the shell is insulated but the turntable is also balanced to prevent vibrations too. It won’t be silent, that’s for sure, but it’s as quiet as a 1+ horsepower with a maxed-out RPMs can get you under the sink! Rust also won’t be an issue because the impellers and cutting ring are made from stainless steel. They also shouldn’t break unless you really treat this disposal without due care. The grounded power cord is installed ready to go. This makes installation easier than it might have been otherwise.

How American Standard Garbage Disposals work

Garbage disposals are designed to both grind through food waste and reduce it to something that will get through the drainage system (exterior to the property) without issues. As food waste moves through the unit, the cutting parts rotate ridiculously fast slicing through what’s ever in its path. It’s really quite impressive! What separates these American Standard models to lesser ½ or 1/3 horsepower ones is that these two reviewed units have a far greater engine power and RPMs of 2,700 or greater. These two factors combined means that the sheer power and speed of the stainless-steel grind and slice process is formidable.

As a result of the extra power and RPMs, it’s far less likely that the American Standards unit will get jammed up either. This is because even tougher produce like root vegetables are typically no match for laser sharpened cutting parts moving at over 2,000 RPMs! Indeed, the manufacturer knows this, which is why they’ve referred to the torque in the branding of both their products under review. It’s a major selling point in the performance each unit will deliver. The balanced cutting to reduce vibrations and the casing that acts to dampen volatility further also ensures the noise is reduced as much as possible with a powerful garbage disposal unit. Ultimately, there’s a lot of work going on inside, so some noise is inevitable, but their products are designed to mitigate that.

Conclusion

Whilst American Standard isn’t new at all as a brand, it’s not as well-known with its garbage disposal units. Certainly, that’s likely to change when they offer powerful products such as this which are easy to install and can slice through virtually anything that is fed down their continuous feed units. Now, whether you require something as powerful is a matter for discussion, but for anyone who’s already owned a garbage disposal that was less powerful, upgrading to 1+ horsepower unit is the next logical step. And most people who do are glad that they made the leap. Choosing the right brand and model is the next most important decision. Hopefully, we’ve helped you in this regard now too.

KitchenAid Garbage Disposals Review 2020

When it comes to home appliances, these are kind of synonymous with KitchenAid. The brand has existed since 1919 which given the period including the post-War era, the Great Depression and the Second World War too, it’s remarkable that the brand has survived. Surely, this shows the determination to succeed! In the 40s, KitchenAid introduced their first line of dishwashers as they continued to broaden out their product range to encompass more items for the kitchen. Fast forward to the present, they now have several garbage disposals on offer that is the subject of this guide today. Each disposal reviewed feature continuous feed systems to get right to business without wasting any time. With KitchenAid, you know you’re getting something special. They have a brand reputation to protect and a business to grow. So, customers get the best that they can offer to maintain both.

Here are the three KitchenAid garbage disposal units that we’re reviewing in this guide today.

Top 3 KitchenAid Garbage Disposals Are :

Kitchen Aid (84211643) KCDB250G 1/2 HP

The Kitchen Aid KCDB250G model is a smaller disposal that fits under the sink to provide food waste cutting on demand. It comes with a motor that will perform using 1,725 RPMs powered by half a horsepower to keep impressively grinding through food waste. This is a continuous feed model, so it works off a switch to turn it on and off, rather than activating when pushing food waste through the chute. It’s ideal for small families that have a fair amount of waste to get rid of after mealtimes which they don’t want to fill up the waste bin with and have zero space left.

kitchenaid 1 2 hp garbage disposalThe compromise with this more affordable unit is that the grinding components (that do much of the work) are produced using galvanized steel. This is not as durable as stainless steel which some other smaller garbage disposals use for their parts. It can also be a little on the noisier side compared to other models too. Admittedly, these are the trade-offs you make not only with a small model but also with the budget one in the KitchenAid range too. The KCDB250G model does have a convenient overload protection that’s quite necessary with disposal units. It will cut out when sensing a blockage. The unit can then be powered off and the blockage removed. Then it can be powered back up, reset and activated again. There’s a 1-year (limited) warranty with this product.

KitchenAid KCDI075B 3/4 hp Disposer

The KitchenAid KCDI075B model looks just darling in red and is clearly from the KitchenAid folks just by the designed appearance. Instead of galvanized steel, the shredder ring and grinding wheel here are both produced using stainless steel. These are less likely to bend or break when coming upon a particularly tough piece of food waste. For people who wish to spend up a little, they’re likely to have a KitchenAid disposal unit that should last longer without needing to replace or get repairs done.

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The upgrade also comes with ¾ horsepower, not half a horsepower. The 1,725 RPMs is still the same, however, but this is perfectly sufficient to do its job. The continuous feed process which is activated and then deactivated runs continually once it’s turned on. This is different to batch fed models that activate when waste is pushed down their chute. The usual protection from overloads and manual reset to get the unit to activate once a blockage has been cleared is present here. There’s a generous 5-year warranty (limited) provided.

KitchenAid KCDS100T 1 hp Continuous Feed Disposer

The KitchenAid KCDS100T is their more substantial model for kitchens that can accommodate a larger unit and want a bit more power behind the little engine that could. This model has a full one horsepower included with its attractive red design yet still doesn’t move faster than the 1,725 RPMs.

The process is a continuous feed one, just like the above models. There’s the included Sound-Seal implemented feature here to insulate sound even when the stainless-steel innards are grinding away at particularly stubborn waste that other less powerful units might struggle with. The unit is heavier at 9 pounds and will take up more space under the sink, so be sure that there’s enough space for it there. It also has the cutoff and reactivate feature to prevent overloads too. There’s at least a 5-year warranty (limited) with this product.

Wrapping Up

With smaller disposal units, you’re making a decision on size and materials along with horsepower but not RPMs. Certainly, it’s necessary to look at the size of the space beneath the sink area to see how large a garbage disposal unit will fit under there. As, typically, the larger the unit, the more powerful the engine it’s fitted with.

In the case of smaller KitchenAid disposals, the KCDB250G model is the most affordable of the three reviewed. However, it has a significantly shorter limited warranty provided. This seems mostly to be because of using galvanized steel and not stainless steel with its grinding and cutting parts. It’s also possible that the engine is not expected to last as long either. If the disposal won’t be used that often, then this model might be fine, otherwise pick one of the two stainless steel ones instead. In terms of horsepower, you get what you pay for. Whilst not everyone will need a full one horsepower to grind up their food waste fine enough to fit down the drain without causing blockages, thankfully that’s not the only choice.

 

 

 

Best Whirlpool Garbage Disposal Reviews 2020

Garbage disposals make light work of food remnants. You want them to last a good number of years too though. In which case, choosing a model produced by a brand that’s been around a decade plus provides that much needed reassurance. As Whirlpool have been producing disposals for many years, their models will be familiar to handymen when needing to get a repair or having someone come in to clear a particularly difficult clog. Replacement parts is also something to consider for reliable models that should give you 5-10 years of useful life.

If buying from a brand that’s new or that may not still be in business when you need a replacement part, then it’ll likely be necessary to purchase a whole new unit from another company, plus get the old one removed, and the replacement plumbed in too.  With Whirlpool, there’s no such concern, even with their smaller units! Here are three of their better garbage disposal units.

Top 3 Whirlpool Garbage Disposals

Whirlpool GC2000PE 1/2 hp in Sink Disposer with power cord

The Whirlpool GC2000PE is their half-horsepower garbage disposal unit. So, it provides enough power to grind through the toughest of food and other waste that you may send down it. The main unit is made from stainless steel which ensures that it’ll last many years without the casing degrading. Food items are sliced and grinded down to a minimal size compared to the size it started out as. Because its end up so finely cut, this avoids many of the drain clogging issues that can be a concern with other brands.

whirlpool Garbage disposal

The disposal uses a continuous feed process complete with an ejection setup to stop potential internal jams before they even become a problem. They then feed through the drainage system as normal. Produced in the U.S. and weighing just 13 pounds, there’s a galvanized steel wheel for grinding and impellers made from stainless steel for added strength. The grind chamber is produced using ABS plastic. Crucially, a power cord is also included. This is useful for people who haven’t owned a garbage disposal before and so need a compatible power cord for one. There’s also some overload protection to prevent engine burnout and a reset process once the clog has been cleared. A 1-year warranty (limited) is provided.

Whirlpool GC2000XE 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

The Whirlpool GC2000XE is another half horsepower garbage disposal that will pack a punch when wanting to cut through food waste without difficulty. The thing you notice right away with this unit is how quiet it is – honestly, the water flow is noisier than the disposal which is a major surprise. The unit is a continuous flow one, so naturally it comes with a single piece stopper (made of plastic) and a flange which ensures the feeder can be covered up when needed.

hirlpool gc2000 garbage disposal

In case of food jams when going in, there’s a useful overload protection system. This avoids the internal engine overloading and potentially burning out. Instead, this situation will be sensed and the machine with automatically cut off to prevent this. To restart the continuous flow again, it’s necessary to hit the manual reset before doing so. This starts things over again in a safe manner. There’s just the right amount of steel used in the design including the shredding ring and the grinding wheel which require this amount of metal strength to slice through even the most suborn food waste. The unit weighs just over 13 pounds. This GC2000XE mode should not be confused with the GC2000PE. The main different between the two is that this one does not include a power cord. Therefore, if you require the same features but haven’t benefitted from a garbage disposal before, then the earlier reviewed Whirlpool GC2000PE model is going to be the better one for you.

Whirlpool GC1000XE 1/3 hp in Sink Disposer

The Whirlpool GC1000XE is a less powerful continuous flow disposal. It offers 1,725 RPMs powered by one-third horsepower. For smaller households, they may well be very happy with a 1/3 horsepower unit. With over 1,500 RPMs, the stainless-steel innards are powerful and sharp enough to slice through food waste with brutal efficiency. Don’t let the less powerful engine fool you – it’ll still do its job. It’s just that the ½ horsepower model suits larger families with more waste or that just tend to always buy the more powerful model out of habit or bragging rights!

whirlpool gc1000 garbage disposal

You also don’t miss out in the looks department, materials or features. The automatic shutoff feature to prevent overloads is present. As is the reset switch to get the unit running again continuously once it’s been cleared of any jams. There’s the standard 1-year warranty (limited) that comes with the other Whirlpool disposals in this review.

Wrapping up

With Whirlpool disposal units, you don’t have to worry about them disappearing and not being able to get them repaired years later. Also, while being very reliable in their own right, repairmen are familiar with these units when they do need fixing.

Be sure to choose the right size unit for your home needs. Most families are happy with a continuous feed model because they’re less hassle and are always available when you need them. If you cook a lot and subsequently have much food waste to get rid of, then using a 1/3 or ½ horsepower model is going to be just right. Also, be sure to get one with a power cord if that’s required or be prepared to purchase a compatible power cord separately.

 

 

 

What to do when your garbage disposal stops working?

When your garbage disposal stops working, usually it’s a workable problem and doesn’t necessarily require a full replacement. In this article, we provide a few ideas on problems that can arise and what do about them.

Power Problems with Turning on the Unit

A power problem where the garbage disposal is not turning on can be caused by a variety of issues.

  1. Certainly, the most obvious is check whether the power plug has worked its way out of the power outlet. It’s obvious, but it saves trying other things when you haven’t looked at the most obvious reason yet. Being under the sink, anyone moving things around down there can knock the plug right out of the socket and you’d never know!
  2. Check if it’s a dual power outlet and if the other power outlet is working or not. It could be a blown fuse or a malfunction on one socket but not the other. Check the fuse box too.
  3. Then look at the button or air switch being used. Is it a mechanical issue with the button where it’s being depressed but the equipment has failed to send a signal to the unit to turn on? Check the electronical connection (turn off the power first) to see if it’s loose on the button or the button needs replacing.
  4. If there’s a manual switch on the side of the disposal unit to turn it on, try that to test it’s operational. That will help highlight where the issue is.
  5. Also, consider if there’s insufficient power to turn on the disposal unit if too many other kitchen appliances are being run simultaneously.

Is There a Sound Emanating from the Unit?

If there’s a sound coming from the unit, it could have something stuck inside that’s cause the grinding plates to get stuck in position. Their back and forth motion is then causing this whirring sound.

First, turn off the power. And check that it’s really turning off.

Second, use something safe to attempt to remove what’s gotten caught inside.

Third, if it won’t dislodge, then there’s usually the option on the garbage unit to adjust it with a tool to get the grinding plates to release enough so you can remove the item that was previously trapped.

Resetting the Disposal Unit

Sometimes, a unit just gets confused about its life and what it should be doing! In which case, find its reset button and reset it. That often is all it takes to get it back to working order again.

When too much food has been fed into the unit, it can cause it to overload and stop. Then it’s a perfect example of why a reset is then necessary.

Nothing Else Found?

If there isn’t something stuck inside when examining it and the unit won’t power up whatever you try, then if the unit is inside the warranty, get it checked out. Other than that, it’s up to you whether to look to get it fixed or choose to upgrade to a newer model anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Garbage Disposal Air Switches Reviews 2020

Using a garbage disposal isn’t for the timid. When washing up, you’re dealing with food particles, water and soapy suds all around. To activate the garbage disposal unit, it’s necessary to reach and touch an electrically connected button. Just like with the safely issues of a light switch in a bathroom, there’s the risk of wet hands connecting to electrical circuits. It’s altogether risky for your safety and not just a little bit concerning! Previously, this was unavoidable. The electrical connection had to be made between the hardwired switch, the electrical cabling and the power unit below. Doing it any other way wasn’t possible and when it became possible, was just plain unaffordable. However, now that’s all changed with the advent of affordable air switches that forego the electrical wired connection altogether.

Now it’s possible to place an air switch atop of countertop and connect it through to the underside. Any reasonably sized round hole in the countertop is likely to be suitable for installation. When activated, the switch sends a volume of air downwards through a tube to the power supply designed to receive the air and treat that as the trigger to either turn on (or off) the garbage disposal unit.

Now that it’s been made a little clearer what exactly is an air switch, we can now procced with details about the various features of an air switch. This way, you can better understand what ones actually matter, how to look at them and what model is the right one for your kitchen.

Comparison Chart Of Best Garbage Disposal Switches

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Features of Air Switches

There are different features of air switches that it’s useful to be aware of before deciding which one to purchase. This avoids making a buying mistake, having to return the item, and then choose again. So, we hope this is useful for you.

Reliability

Given that an installed garbage disposal is likely to be used one or more times every day, the switch itself gets a decent amount of use throughout the year. With physical buttons and wiring, they can wear down with the connections eventually becoming unreliable. Sensors can also stop sensing when a contact has been made. Therefore, physical buttons tend to wear out more quickly.

By comparison, an air switch has a simple button that gets depressed which then sends a puff of compressed air down the hose to be received by the power unit. The process doesn’t require a series of moving parts all the way along the process that can potentially wear out.

Safety

It goes without saying that electrical switches when combined with sometimes wet or soapy hands from doing the washing up or simply washing vegetables, is a danger factor. It’s all too easy for a drop of water to get released from the hand, have it drip onto an electrically connected garbage disposal hardwired switch and hey presto! Moisture has entered the system with all the risks that entails.

With an air switch – any model that we’ve careful reviewed below – this is ruled out. This is because there’s no actual electricity or electrical wire connection to the button that you depress on the countertop or sink area. It’s not connected at all.

The compressed air that gets sent down through a tube does the work for you and this is unaffected by moisture. So, there’s nothing to make it unsafe for your kids or yourself to activate the garbage disposal (and young ones can get a sense of pride from doing so, get curious how things work and may become grown up engineers later in life).

Length of the Hose

The passageway that the compressed air travels down through is the air hose. It creates the physical link between the button at the top and the device that once activated, turns on the garbage disposal unit.

The hose will sometimes use different materials and thicknesses. This has a bearing on longevity. It is usually positioned under the sink, so must be long enough to reach down. Similarly, the device to activate the disposal is likely to be lower to the ground and nearer both the power outlet and the garbage unit itself. Therefore, the longer the hose, the better. Also, the more durable the hose, the better too.

Button/Switch Design

Some models come with a single button color and appearance. Other manufacturers provide many different colors and finishes to their air switches which helps the button better match the existing kitchen décor or countertop/sink fittings.

Single or Dual Outlets

The power units have either a single or a dual outlet. A single outlet only powers one garbage disposal unit. For a dual outlet, one outlet will power the garbage disposal whereas the second one may trigger another installed kitchen system too. With some dual systems, they can run both kitchen equipment simultaneously whereas with others, it’s necessary to choose and turn one or other on/off under the sink first.

Here are our top 4 garbage disposal air switches.

Reviews:

Essential Values Garbage Disposal Air Switch

DUAL OUTLET Sink Top/Counter Top Waste Disposal On/Off Switch 

The Essential Values air switch for Waste King and Insinkerator waste disposal units is the solution to having to use electrically connected disposal switches. This version uses an attractive mix of Satin with Brushed Nickel to give a classy look with the button along with its distinctive chrome sheen (there’s a choice of 3 different finishes to match with your décor). The hose is made of tough vinyl which is six feet in length; good enough for almost any placement of the switch compared to the location of the rest of the unit below.

There’s a dual outlet aspect to this affordable product. Because of this, a second air switch can be added as well. The way the power is setup, it’s only possible to have one or another outlet powered up at one time. This avoids trying to run two systems off the one unit and burning it out.

Cleesink Garbage Disposal Air Switch Kit

The Cleesink air switch provides support for your garbage disposal using its air switch activator. The appearance of the Cleesink is a pleasing brushed stainless steel. This model isn’t as fancy or feature package as the Essential Values one before it, but this is why it provides value for money for people on a budget.

The hose is closer to five feet than six feet. That shouldn’t be a problem, but you can measure under the sink with a tape measure if you’re worried. We wouldn’t be. There’s a short and long version which refers to the button length when depressing it. It also surprisingly that it has two connections to hook up two different kitchen systems to allow them to be turned on/off. Also, depending on which version you select, there’s a selection of different colors and finishes beyond the initial brushed stainless steel one.

When owning a kitchen with a very specific finish, then this product is interesting because it’s probably possible to more closely match the right button color to the countertop finish. The power cable for the device is three feet long too.

InSinkErator STS-00 Dual Outlet Sink Top Switch

The InSinkErator STS-00 comes with two outlets to connect two different kitchen systems like a hot water heater or a garbage disposal. Obviously, the brand reputation as the biggest brand in the garbage disposals’ market speaks for itself.

The power module permits you to hook up two different systems; disposals or otherwise. The chrome and white coloration of the bottom is distinctive. There’s an air line that’s six feet in length and durable too. The power cable from the power unit is 2.5 feet long to install the unit on the wall and still reach to the power outlet.

The quality is certainly there with the InsinkErator switch. You know you’re buying something that’ll last. However, the price reflects what you’re getting. After all, this company invented disposal products in 1927. There’s also no worries about compatibility if you already own an InsinkErator disposal unit as they’re designed for them (but work with other disposals too).

Single Outlet Garbage Disposal Turn On/Off Sink Top Air Switch Kit

Northstar Décor provide this single outlet air switch for garbage disposals. It comes with a reliable power module that doesn’t risk overload from multiple outlets. There’s a six feet air hose which provides with the ability to connect to the air switch above the countertop.

You can choose from up to four different air switches designed to suit various appearances and shapes of holes through a countertop. These include scalloped, square, round and raised. The raised one is a raised button to depress as opposed to one that’s flush and gets depressed below its outer ring. There’s also up to 24 different color finishes to get an even better match the countertop surrounding where the air switch will be fitted.

There is good information provided by Northstar Décor on this product. It has by far the best series of options available for color selection, air switch design and so forth. It makes for a good alternative to other well-known brands.

Conclusion

A garbage disposal air switch is more expensive than a push button type, but it’s far safer for anyone to use. For people at all concerned about electricity and personal safety, it makes absolute sense to replace the button that came with their garbage disposal and install an air switch using a kit. It’s something that doesn’t really require a plumber to do either, in most cases. Just follow the right process, get some light under the sink so you can see what you’re doing and turn off the electrical power before you start.

What Size Garbage Disposal Do We Need?

When it comes time to install a garbage disposal or replace an old one, the most important thing to consider is the size of the disposal you’ll need. Buy one that’s too large, and it may not fit into the space under your sink. Buy one too small, and you’ll likely need to run it beyond its intended capacity to keep up with the demands of your busy household. But how do you decide which size garbage disposal is right for you? Below we’ll provide you with some common sense tips to ensure you get the garbage disposal you need.

Measure the Space

Before you waste your time looking at disposals that may or may not be right for you and your kitchen, you need to figure out how much space you have to dedicate to a disposal. So, take out the measuring tape and find out exactly how much space there is under your sink. As a general rule, the more powerful the disposal, the larger it’s going to be. So make sure you get accurate measurements of width, depth and height, and make a note of the size and location of any potential obstacles.

Determine the Number of People it Will Need to Serve

Now that you know how much space you have to deal with the next thing to do is ask yourself how many people it will need to serve. Do you have a large family that eats together most of the time? Or is there just one or two of you? Do you eat out a lot? Do you entertain large crowds for backyard BBQs and holiday parties? You don’t want to install a disposal that’s going to burn out from overuse.

Choose the Appropriate HP

  • If there are only a couple of people in the house, a 1/3 HP disposal should suffice.
  • If there are 3 – 6 people in the house you’ll want something in the 1/2 to 3/4 HP range.
  • If there are more than 6 people and/or you often entertain large groups a 1 HP disposal is what you should be looking for.
  • If the number of people you cook for is regularly more than 8 or 10, then consider a 1 or 2 HP disposal.

Keep in mind that different manufacturers offer different designs. So if you need a 1 HP disposal and the first one you look at is too big for the space under your sink, keep looking. You might well find a smaller one.

Conclusion

The process of determining the right garbage disposal for you and your home goes like this:

  • Determine the amount of available space.
  • Determine how many people the unit will need to serve.
  • Keep looking until you find a garbage disposal with the appropriate horsepower that will also fit into the available space.

Due to spatial constraints, you may need to compromise a bit on the horsepower. But if that’s the case, just make sure you get the closest HP to what you need.

Things to Do with a Leaking Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is one of those things that make the modern kitchen such a wonder of convenience. But as is the case with all mechanical devices there’s the possibility you might encounter a problem from time to time. One of the more common and vexing problems that can befall a garbage disposal is leaking. A leaking disposal is not like a leaking pipe. The liquid that comes from the disposal is full of organic material and can wind up producing a very foul smell if you don’t take care of it quickly. Below we’ll look at common reasons why a disposal might be leaking and propose a few simple fixes.

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Reasons Your Garbage Disposal is Leaking

  • A loose sink flange – The sink flange is that part of the disposal assembly that is visible when you look in the sink. It’s typically made of stainless steel, is about 1/2 an inch wide and circles the drain opening. Over time this flange can become loose. Or the putty around it can degrade and develop leaks. To fix this, detach the disposal (after unplugging it of course), remove the flange, install new putty and reinstall the flange and disposal. A good afternoon job for a DIYer.
  • Loose drain lines – Drain lines are what connect your disposal to the rest of the plumbing. Sometimes they come loose and start leaking. If the disposal is leaking under the sink from its sides, this might be the problem. Try tightening all the screws related to the drain lines and see if that stops the leaks.
  • A broken seal – If the disposal is leaking from the bottom, it’s most likely because of a broken seal. If you have a broken seal on your disposal, you essentially have three choices. You can take the disposal apart yourself and install a replacement seal, you can pay a plumber or someone else to do the same, or you can replace the disposal. If you are unable to make the repair yourself, the smartest financial choice may be to simply replace the disposal.
  • Wear and tear – Even garbage disposals, as hale and hearty as they are, get old and start breaking down. If you notice the disposal is leaking from around the reset button it’s an indication of some pretty serious internal issues. In this case, the smartest option is to replace the disposal. Simply because it will likely cost you more to fix it than it will to buy a new one.

Is There a Way to Prevent Garbage Disposal Leaks?

There’s not much you can do if the unit is old. But if you have recently installed a new disposal, there are a few common sense things you can do to ensure it has the longest, healthiest, most trouble-free life possible. Make sure you:

  • Always avoid putting any foreign objects in the disposal.
  • Have cold water running when you are grinding up food in the disposal.
  • Avoid pouring bleach into the disposal for any reason.
  • Avoid putting eggs shells, coffee grounds, rice or gristle into the disposal.
  • Do periodic inspections to look for leaks and fix any you find ASAP.

How to Fix a Garbage Disposal That Is Humming

If you don’t have rancid odors wafting in through the kitchen window from the trash cans during the summer, thank the garbage disposal. A lack of foul odors emanating from garbage is one of the things that separates the contemporary kitchen from the kitchen of just 50 years ago. That said, the disposal is one of those things no one pays much attention to until there’s a problem. And one of the most common problems with disposals is when you flip the switch, and all you get is a low-level hum. No grinding. No whirling sound from the blades. Just humming. Below we’ll look at why this happens and provide a few easy ways to fix it.

Reasons Your Garbage Disposal is Humming

That humming sound coming from the disposal is an indication that it’s getting power, but something is interfering with its normal operation. Common types of interference include:

  • A foreign object in the disposal – It’s not at all uncommon for a piece of silverware to slip unnoticed into the disposal and jam the blades. Other objects that could cause a jam include bottle caps, gristle and large bones. Metal objects will typically make a lot of noise to alert you to their presence. But tough food objects may not make any noise.
  • The disposal has overheated – In some cases if you’ve been running the disposal particularly hard – say after Thanksgiving dinner – it may overheat and shut down. This isn’t very common, but it has been known to happen.
  • The GFCI has tripped – The GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is a device on the electrical outlet designed to protect people from electric shocks. If it detects an imbalance between the input and output current on an outlet, it “trips” and shuts the outlet down.
  • The disposal has died – This is only going to happen once in the life cycle of your disposal. So if the unit is only a couple of years old, this is very unlikely. However, if you try all of the fixes we’re about to propose, and nothing works, this may be the only logical conclusion.

Now that we have a better idea of what might be causing the malfunction in the garbage disposal, let’s look at some easy to apply fixes.

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Applying the Fix

The following are a half dozen steps to fixing a garbage disposal that humming instead of working. We’ll start with the 3 easiest solutions first. If none of them work, it may indicate that you have a physical blockage in the disposal. In which case you’ll need to go through steps 4 – 6.

Note: Make sure the disposal is switched off before you apply any of these fixes.

  • Step 1: Hit the reset button – Every modern garbage disposal comes with a reset button. This is a red button typically located on the bottom of the disposal. Once you locate it simply press it. That will reset the circuit in the disposal. After pressing the reset button, flip the switch and see if the disposal works. If it does, you’re finished. If it doesn’t flip the switch off and move on to the next step.
  • Step 2: Unplug/replug the disposal – If the reset button didn’t do the trick then try simply unplugging the disposal, waiting a few seconds and then plugging it back in. After that flip the switch to turn it on. If it works, you’re all set. If it doesn’t switch it off and try the next step.
  • Step 3: Check the GFCI outlet – Check the outlet the disposal is plugged into. If it has a red GFCI button in the middle (not all outlets do) and that button is popped out instead of being flush, it’s time to reset it. To do so unplug the disposal. Then press the red GFCI button in until it clicks into place. Then plug the disposal back in and flip the switch. If it works, you’re finished. If not, move on to the next step.
  • Step 4: Unplug the disposal – Don’t just switch it off. Switch it off and unplug it physically from the outlet so there’s no chance it will accidentally come on.
  • Step 5: Inspect the inside of the disposal – Once it’s unplugged, take a flashlight and look down into the canister. Do you see something that doesn’t belong there? Maybe a spoon or a piece of gristle or some other tough food that’s jammed into the blades?
  • Step 6: Remove the blockage – If you see something in the disposal, take a pair of tongs and remove it. If it’s particularly stubborn, avoid the temptation to reach in with your hand. Instead, go under the disposal and turn the blades manually. Most every disposal has a way to turn the blades using a hex wrench. That slot is located on the bottom of the disposal. Turn the blades in both directions until you loosen the obstruction. Then go back up top and remove it using the tongs. Once the obstruction is removed, plug the disposal back in and switch it on.

In the unlikely event that none of the above fixes bring the disposal back on line, you may have no choice but to call the plumber. It is possible that the disposal has died on you. Even if it is relatively new. If it’s still under warranty, then you can probably get a new one. But there may be something else interfering with the operation of the disposal. So before you send it back to the manufacturer have a plumber in to inspect things.

Conclusion

In most cases, a humming garbage disposal does not indicate anything is seriously wrong. It’s usually just a jam, or perhaps the GFCI outlet detected something it didn’t like and cut off power. If your disposal greets you with a hum next time you try to use it, go through the steps outlined above, and you should be back in business in no time. And if nothing works, call the plumber before giving up on the disposal.

 

Moen Garbage Disposals Reviews 2020

Moen has been around for more than 80 years. The company was started by Al Moen, a former mechanical engineering student at the University of Washington. After burning his hands on a two-handle faucet one day in 1937, he came up with a design for a one-handle faucet which he and many others considered far safer. Though Al Moen is long gone, the company he founded still makes some of the most acclaimed faucets in the industry.

Over the years, Moen branched out to address other aspects of the kitchen environment, including the design and manufacture of garbage disposals. Moen disposals are highly regarded for their leading-edge design, ease of installation, low maintenance, power, and energy efficiency. They are also affordably priced, reliable and some might say, even attractive. When you purchase a Moen garbage disposal, you can be reasonably sure it’s going to provide years of trouble-free service. And, if something should go wrong, you can also be sure the company will stand by their warranties, which are some of the best in the business. Moen produces a wide variety of garbage disposals for residential and commercial use. Too many in fact to cover them all here. What we’re going to do instead is review 3 of their best known and most popular models.

1: Moen GXS75C GX Series 3/4 Horsepower Garbage Disposal

Features

  • 3/4 HP 2,700 rpm.
  • Rugged stainless steel grind compartment.
  • Universal X press mount system.
  • Sound Shield noise dampening.
  • Integrated power cord.
  • Weight 10.25 pounds.
  • 6 year manufacturer’s warranty.

The BSX75C GX is a continuous feed disposal that features a permanent magnet vortex motor that won’t shy away from the toughest food waste. It’s built to exacting specifications and incorporates the company’s Sound Shield technology which makes it one of the quietest mid-size disposals on the market today. With the Universal X press Mount system, it’s also one of the easiest to install and should be well within the capabilities of any DIYer.

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Unlike some garbage disposals (too many really) the 75C GX series comes with an integrated power cord. And at only 10 pounds it’s going to be compatible with most sinks. The 75C GX also has a nice, streamlined profile that allows it to fit into tight spaces under the sink where other 3/4 HP disposals simply wouldn’t be able to fit. While it’s not the most powerful garbage disposal on the market, it should be perfect for couples or small families. And the 6 year limited manufacturer’s warranty means you can rest easy knowing that in the extremely unlikely event something goes wrong, you’re covered.

2: Moen GXP50C GX PRO Series 1/2 hp Garbage Disposal

Features

  • 1/2 HP, 2,600 rpm.
  • Continuous feed design.
  • Corrosion resistant grind compartment.
  • Permanent magnet Vortex motor.
  • Sound Shield noise dampening.
  • Universal X press 3-bolt mounting.
  • Ultra-slim profile.
  • Weight 8.5 pounds.

The GPX50X GX Pro 1/2 HP garbage disposal is perfect for small households – or moderately sized households with little space beneath the sink. This is one of the sleekest garbage disposals you’ll find, and yet it provides outstanding power and reliability. The 50X GX Pro can be installed by any reasonably competent do-it-yourself-er in less than an hour thanks to the ultra-simple Universal X press Mount system.

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The 1/2 HP 2,600 rpm Vortex permanent magnet motor resists jamming and is very smooth and quiet. And yet it’s tough enough to handle anything that should be in a garbage disposal. It has the integrated power cord we love to see. Along with a corrosion-resistant galvanized steel canister/grind box. The installation kit has everything you need to set it up. Including sink flange, drain elbow, mounting assembly and drain stopper. There’s also a 3 year limited warranty to help you sleep a little easier.

3: Moen GX50C GX Series 1/2 Horsepower Garbage Disposal

Features

  • 1/2 HP 2,600 rpm.
  • Continuous feed disposal.
  • Permanent magnet jam-resistant motor.
  • Stainless steel grind compartment.
  • Universal 3-bolt mounting.
  • Pre-installed power cord.
  • Safe for most septic tanks.
  • Weight 9.25 pounds.

The GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal features a large canister, stainless steel grind compartment and Sound Shield noise dampening. That alone is plenty of reason to consider it for your small to mid-sized household. But it’s got more than that going on. It also shares many of the best features with the other disposals on this list, including the Universal Express Mount system, the pre-installed power cord and the permanent magnet Vortex motor that scoffs at tough food byproducts.

It comes with everything you need to install it in about an hour, and it’s safe to use with most septic tanks. If you’re looking for a rugged, quiet, low-maintenance disposal that’s built to last and quiet as can be you can’t go wrong with the GX50C 1/2 HP.

 

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General Electric Garbage Disposals

General Electric, or just GE, is one of the largest corporations in the world and has been for more than a century. They make everything from LED lights to aircraft engines to oil drilling equipment and more. They also make appliances, including garbage disposals. General Electric garbage disposals have long been held in the same type of esteem as the company’s ranges, refrigerators, and other kitchen tech. And it’s easy to see why. They’re well-engineered, durable, efficient and reliable. And they’re often less expensive than the competition. While GE has not been at the leading edge of innovation in the garbage disposal industry, they have been quick to assimilate innovations introduced by others. And by letting others invest in the R&D, they’ve saved themselves a lot of money and can pass those savings on to you. It’s the kind of forward-thinking GE has long been famous for. And the result is high-quality appliances, reflecting all the latest technological advances, that any homeowner can afford.

While GE recently sold its appliance division to Haier the head of GE Appliances has stated that nothing at the company has or will change. Including the fact that their disposals are made in the US. Let’s take a look at 3 of GE’s most popular garbage disposals.

1) General Electric GFC520V Continuous Feed Disposal

Features

  • 1/2 HP 2,800 rpm.
  • Stainless steel dual swivel impellers.
  • Integrated power connector.
  • Continuous feed operation.
  • Galvanized steel canister.
  • Dishwasher drain connector.
  • GE EZ mount installation.
  • Overload protector.

The beauty of the GFC520V Continuous Feed garbage disposal is its combination of power and compact size. Slim enough to fit into the tightest cabinets it nonetheless pumps out 2,800 rpm. The dual-level pre-cutter combined with its stainless steel impellers make quick work of most food byproducts. And the unit is remarkably quiet for one that works so fast and effectively.

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This is a continuous feed disposal, so there’s no need to wait until you have a full canister to activate it. Just turn on the cold water, flip the switch and feed it as you clean plates, pots and pans. Setting it up is nearly as easy with the company’s EZ mount installation system. Just align the disposal to the mounting ring and twist into place. Tighten a few screws, and you’re done. Comes with wall switch, comprehensive instructions, all the hardware you need and a 1-year warranty.

2) GE GFC535V 1/2 Horsepower Deluxe Continuous Feed Disposal

Features

  • 1/2 HP 2,800 rpm.
  • Extra-large capacity canister.
  • Line cord connection.
  • Continuous feed operation.
  • Sound reduction.
  • EZ mount twist-on installation.
  • 2 level pre-cutter.
  • Jam resistant stainless steel impellers.

The GFC535V 1/2 HP Deluxe disposal is the big brother of the GFC520V. The two share similar features, but the 535V provides a much larger canister capacity. In that sense, it’s a better choice for small to mid-sized households that occasionally entertain large groups. The 535V features a 1/2 horsepower 2,800 rpm motor with dual pre-cutters. This powerful combination reduces food waste to tiny particles in seconds. And because of the company’s proprietary sound abatement system, it does so quietly.

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The 535V comes complete with everything you need including wall switch, dishwasher drain connector, splash guard, stainless steel flange for the sink and more. And it can be installed by any do-it-yourself er in about half an hour start to finish. Installation of the disposal unit itself typically takes less than a minute. Just twist it into place on the mounting ring and tighten the connectors. This is a durable, well-built disposal with lots of torque that’s easy on the wallet and will serve you well whether you’re eating alone or entertaining family and friends.

3) General Electric GFC720V Continuous Feed Disposal

Features

  • 3/4 HP 3,100 rpm.
  • Super capacity canister.
  • Continuous feed operation.
  • Dual-swivel impellers.
  • Integrated overload protector.
  • Lightning-quick installation.
  • Noise reduction technology.
  • Stainless steel turntable.
  • 4 year parts warranty.

 

If you have a large household or you’re fond of entertaining large groups of friends and family, you need a disposal that’s up to the task. The 3/4 HP General Electric GFC720V should be more than adequate. It features continuous-feed operation, tough stainless steel impellers, an extra-large canister and tons of torque. It’s also compatible with any suitably large septic system.

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As is the case with the other GE disposals on this list, the 720V is extremely easy to install. It twists quickly into place on the mounting ring, so you don’t have to worry about the 12-pound weight wearing you out. Just be aware that it does not come with its own power cord. So you’ll have to pick one up and connect it yourself. Comes with everything else you need, however, and it won’t break your bank.

How to Install a General Electric Garbage Disposal

General Electric garbage disposals share the same EZ mount installation that has become more or less industry standard these days. All companies now do some variation on this twist on/twist off design. And we’re all better off for it. Just for the record: we would strongly advise you install the wiring prior to installing the disposal. It will just make everything easier. That said, installation goes as follows:

  • Put the gasket into place in the sink opening.
  • Push the flange assembly through the opening.
  • Screw the backup flange onto the threads on the underside and secure the flange in place.
  • Install the rubber gasket and mounting ring onto the flange assembly.
  • Attach any drain lines to the disposal unit.
  • Take the disposal unit and twist it onto the mounting ring.
  • Using a screwdriver twist the disposal until it is snugly attached to the mounting ring.
  • Connect the power cord.

Some folks will attach the drain lines after they have the disposal in place. Whether you do so will depend on the vagaries of your sink setup. Most importantly, make certain the disposal is fully engaged with the mounting ring.

Parts of General Electric Garbage Disposals

Like most garbage disposals General Electric disposals have 4 main components.

  • The stopper – The stopper is what prevents – or “stops” – unwanted items from getting into the disposal when it’s not in use. Without the stopper silverware, bones, bottle caps, shot glasses and more could easily wind up in the disposal canister and cause big problems when you turn the unit on. With batch feed disposals the stopper is used to activate the device. Continuous feed disposals, however, use a wall switch.
  • The hopper – Sometimes called the cutting chamber the hopper is the upper part of the disposal unit. The hopper is designed in such a way that it pushes food down toward the shredder and impellers which reduce it to tiny particles.
  • The drain chamber – Once the food has been pulverized into tiny pieces it escapes around the edge of the cutting wheel and is flushed down into the drain chamber. From there it goes into the plumbing and is carried out of the house with the wastewater.
  • The motor – The motor is contained in a waterproof housing at the bottom of the disposal unit. The motor is what makes the disposal heavy. Typically the more powerful the motor, the heavier the disposal unit.

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