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Your garbage disposal is a key element for the functionality and hygiene of your kitchen plumbing system. As a vital component of your home's plumbing, they prevent kitchen sink clogs and blockages, protecting your home from potential plumbing mishaps and maintaining a clean environment. Unfortunately, garbage disposal issues can occur at the most inconvenient times, making it crucial to know who to call when your system shows signs of trouble.

This is where our expert plumbers at Sunset Heating & Cooling come in! Whether you need a new garbage disposal installed or are experiencing issues with your existing unit, we are here to provide the ideal solution.

We’re staffed by the most experienced and qualified plumbers in the area that offer premium electrical service. We ensure 100% satisfaction with every project.

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At Sunset Heating & Cooling, we understand how crucial a fully functional garbage disposal is to your kitchen's efficiency and hygiene. That's why we offer specialized garbage disposal repair services to address and resolve any issues you might encounter with your unit. Our expert technicians are equipped to handle a wide range of garbage disposal problems, ensuring that your appliance runs smoothly and efficiently.

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting garbage disposals can often reveal simple fixes that can be done without professional help. For example:

  • If your unit isn't operating correctly, start by checking if it is plugged in and if the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped.
  • If the unit still doesn’t operate, try pressing the reset button usually located at the bottom of the unit.
  • If the disposal makes a humming sound but doesn't grind, it might be jammed with food or foreign objects. In this case, it’s essential to turn off the power and attempt to clear the jam with a wrench by rotating the grinding plates from the bottom.

Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs Repair

Recognizing the signs that your garbage disposal needs professional repair can save you from a complete breakdown or costly replacements. Here are key indicators to watch for:

  • Persistent Bad Odors: If unpleasant smells linger despite cleaning, this could indicate trapped particles that aren't being ground up properly.
  • Frequent Resets: Frequently needing to hit the reset button on your disposal is a sign of a struggling motor or electrical issues.
  • Poor Performance or Clogs: If your disposal isn't grinding as it used to or frequently clogs, the blades may be dull or the motor may be weakening.
  • Leaks: Water pooling under your sink can be a symptom of a failing seal or cracks in the disposal body.

If you notice any of these issues and all the troubleshooting fails, it’s best to contact the professionals at Sunset Heating & Cooling. Our team is ready to diagnose and effectively resolve your garbage disposal problems, ensuring it continues to serve your needs efficiently.

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    Garbage Disposal Installation Services

    When you choose Sunset Heating & Cooling for your garbage disposal installation, you can expect a seamless and professional service from start to finish. Our expert team will handle everything from the initial assessment to the complete setup of your new garbage disposal. During the installation process, homeowners should anticipate a brief overview of the system’s operation and tips on how to maintain it for optimal performance. We ensure that the area is prepped and clean, and we’ll test the system thoroughly before completion to guarantee everything is functioning correctly. Trust us to enhance your kitchen’s efficiency with a quick and tidy installation, leaving you with a perfectly running garbage disposal system.

    Garbage Disposal Essential Maintenance

    Maintaining your garbage disposal is crucial to extending its lifespan and ensuring it functions efficiently. Regular maintenance not only prevents clogs and breakdowns but also keeps your disposal running smoothly and odor-free. Normally, these devices don’t need professional maintenance; this should be done weekly by the homeowner, especially in a busy kitchen.


    How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal


    To clean your garbage disposal and eliminate kitchen odors, start by turning off the power to ensure safety. Remove any large debris using tongs or pliers. Pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, commercial cleaner, or lemon peels and ice cubes into the disposal as a cleaning solution. Let this sit for a few minutes to dissolve grease and buildup. Scrub the inside with a long-handled brush, focusing on the blades and top of the unit. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, then restore power and run the disposal briefly to check functionality.


    What to Avoid Putting in Your Garbage Disposal to Ensure Its Proper Functioning


    To keep your garbage disposal in optimal condition, it’s important to be cautious about what you put into it. Certain items can damage the blades or clog the system:


    • Grease and Oil: These can solidify within the plumbing, causing blockages over time.
    • Coffee Grounds and Eggshells: Contrary to popular belief, these can accumulate and create sediment that may lead to clogs.
    • Fibrous Vegetables: Items like celery stalks, onion skins, and corn husks can tangle around the disposal’s blades.
    • Pasta and Rice: These expand with water and can gum up the disposal, impairing its function.
    • Bones and Large Pits: These hard materials are too tough for the disposal, risking damage to the blades.


    By avoiding these items, you’ll prevent unnecessary repairs and keep your garbage disposal working efficiently. Regular cleaning with natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda can also help eliminate odors and maintain cleanliness. For professional maintenance or repair, rely on Sunset Heating & Cooling to ensure your disposal system remains in top shape.


    Maintenance Plans

    Regular maintenance is crucial to keeping your HVAC systems working efficiently and safely. When you sign up for our Sunset Service Plan, not only do you get an annual inspection and tune-up of your system, but you also have the added benefit of working with a team that knows your unit’s repair and maintenance history.

    • Visual Ductwork Inspection: ($79 Value)
    • Your Plan is transferable if you move to another home in the Portland area or given to buyer of home you are selling
    • 15% off any additional services or repairs
    • Peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system is in good hands.
    • Indoor Air Quality Evaluation: ($79 Value)
    • Plans start at as little as $16.50/ month for one unit.
    • Priority scheduling for any service
    • High Performance Tune-up.
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    Contact Sunset for Top-Notch Garbage Disposal Plumbing Solutions in Portland, OR

    Is your old garbage disposal struggling to keep up with your food waste? Contact Sunset Heating & Cooling for top-notch garbage disposal plumbing solutions in Portland, OR. Whether you need a garbage disposal replacement or simply want to upgrade from using a traditional trash can, our expert team is ready to assist. Let us help you manage your kitchen waste more efficiently!

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    When you need heating and air conditioning services in Portland, OR, you can always count on Sunset Heating & Cooling

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