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How Often Should A Garbage Disposal Be Replaced?

November 21, 2023 | Blog

Plumbing Solutions For Your Beaumont Home

After a good meal, it’s easy to place your dishes in the sink without tossing food scraps in the trash. Luckily, your garbage disposal is there to make sure they get washed away. However, this service can get less reliable over years of use, making a new installation the perfect investment for a busy kitchen!

If you notice that your garbage disposal is not working, Efficient Systems can flush the problem away! We offer high-quality plumbing services, including expert garbage disposal replacement and installation. Read on to learn if these services are right for you!

How Long Do Garbage Disposals Last?

It’s easy to recognize your garbage disposal by its loud, grinding sound, but what does it actually do?

When chunks of food go down your pipes, they can get stuck to the sides and create a clog. Your disposal works by catching these scraps in a grinding chamber where impellers spin and force the food waste against a grinding ring before washing them away!

Because it does such an important job, this appliance will pick up some wear and tear over time. While you can combat issues with maintenance and repairs, these costs can add up in the long run. That’s why it’s best to replace your system every 10 to 15 years for dependable, hassle-free service.

Signs To Replace Your Garbage Disposal

While it’s a great idea to replace an aged-out disposal, it can be hard to remember to do it when the time comes. However, there are some tell-tale signs that you should invest in a new system. Reach out to your plumber if you notice any of these issues popping up!


When your sink floods, switching on your disposal is a quick and easy fix. However, a leaking appliance may cause puddles to form in your cabinets and even on your kitchen floor. Because leakage repairs can be costly, it’s best to install a new garbage disposal instead of opting for maintenance.

Strange Noises

Many of us have heard the rattling sound of a fork trapped in a disposal. When this happens, fishing the utensil out will fix the problem in no time. But if your appliance makes weird noises even when there’s nothing in it, you may have a bigger problem. Common culprits include:

  • A jammed grinding ring
  • Loose impellers
  • A failing motor

If any of these issues occur, parts of your device may start to grind together and wear your system out. Make sure to take care of a pesky sound before it leads to a breakdown!

Bad Odors

While you may expect a bad smell from a device that handles wet food, your sink can usually wash any gunk off of your disposal. If an odor lingers even after several washes, there may be food particles trapped beyond your reach. Because drain cleaners can have a harsh effect on your sink, an expert technician is your best bet to keep your kitchen smelling fresh!

Constant Resets

Because some food scraps can be hard to grind, your garbage disposal comes with a reset button that can get it up and running like new. However, this trick isn’t meant to be used very often. If constant jamming and false starts leave you reaching for the button every time you use your device, it may be getting too old.

Garbage Disposal Won’t Start

If your disposal won’t turn on, your first step should be to hit the reset button. When this doesn’t work, it’s a sign of a more serious problem. Systems that won’t turn on point to a faulty motor, the part that gives them power. When your motor ages out, it’s best to look for a whole new system.

Because your garbage disposal often stays out of sight, it’s hard to remember how important this device is for your kitchen. For a clean sink and unclogged pipes, make sure your appliance stays up to date!

Call Efficient Systems For Beaumont Plumbing Services!

Whether you’re looking for an expert appraisal or a new installation, Efficient Systems is here to help! As a locally-owned business, we are part of the Beaumont community and treat every customer like family. Contact us today for more information on our top-of-the-line plumbing services!

Why Choose Efficient Systems?

We guarantee that the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated, or we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.
If we do not have your new system operating by the date promised, we will pay you $500 for your inconvenience.
You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year.

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