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How Do You Remove a Garbage Disposal?

Dealing with a leaking or non-functioning garbage disposal can quickly disrupt your daily routine. While it might be tempting to tackle the removal yourself, the complexities of working with both plumbing and electrical systems can pose significant challenges. In many cases, the safest and most effective solution is to call a professional plumber. They can ensure the unit is removed safely and inspect for any underlying issues that might not be immediately apparent.

This article offers a detailed guide for those interested in understanding the removal process. However, if you’re not experienced with home repairs, we strongly recommend contacting a professional to handle the job. Here’s what we’ll cover, should you choose to learn more about the process:

Follow along to get a clearer picture of what the removal entails, and consider reaching out to a skilled plumber to ensure the job is done safely and efficiently.

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Cooper Heating & Cooling offers a wide range of plumbing services to meet your needs. For more than 45 years, our highly trained technicians have provided top-tier service to homeowners like you. When you work with our pros, you can expect to receive educated advice from trusted experts.

Preparation & Safety

Before you begin working on your garbage disposal, shut off the power. Locate the circuit breaker for your garbage disposal in your breaker box and turn off the switch. This will help prevent electrocution and other electrical risks while you remove the disposal.

Disconnect the Disposal & Electrical Connections

After confirming the power is off, start by unplugging the disposal from its wall outlet. Next, position a bucket under the disposal to catch any residual water. Use a wrench or pliers to loosen the fitting that connects the drain pipe to the disposal. Once loose, gently pull the pipe away from the unit.

Further, disconnect the disposal from the P‑trap by unscrewing the bolts that secure the disposal to the mounting plate using a ratchet kit or crescent wrench. Be cautious to avoid any damage that could complicate reassembly or replacement.

Dismount the Disposal

Most garbage disposals are connected to the sink with a mounting ring located underneath the sink’s drain hole. If the unit is stuck due to corrosion or other issues, applying a penetrating oil can help loosen it. To dismount, turn the unit counterclockwise. It should release from the mounting ring.

Clean & Prepare for Replacement

After successfully disconnecting and dismounting the disposal, clean the area thoroughly. Removing old plumber’s putty and checking for any damage around the sink flange are important steps to ensure a smooth installation of a new unit.

Ensure Your Plumbing System Performs Flawlessly

Experiencing plumbing issues? Count on Cooper Heating & Cooling for prompt and effective solutions. Our services are designed to be easy and hassle-free. Our expert technicians are dedicated to doing the job right, helping you understand your plumbing system better along the way. Rely on us for dependable plumbing solutions and enjoy peace of mind knowing everything’s flowing smoothly.

Luke Cooper

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