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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