Water Heaters – Everyone appreciates hot water. Unfortunately, we don’t realize how much until out water heater quits working. A-fordable Plumbing & Mechanical has expert technicians to diagnose water heater repairs or replace an existing water heater.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. Of course, there are many factors that affect the lifespan such as water quality and maintenance performed on heater.
Water Softeners and Filters – The quality of water in Michigan varies greatly according to where you live. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach to water treatment. Before we recommend or install a softener or filter, we will take a sample of your water and test it so we know exactly what type of system you need.
Water Lines – The water lines at your house or business are what carries water from the well or city water supply. Once the water line enters the building, it branches out to supply your fixtures including your water heater.
Our plumbers can fix or replace any type of water line whether it is galvanized, copper or pex piping. If you need a simple leak repaired or want to replace your complete system, our plumbers have the tools, parts and skill to complete the task.
Garbage Disposal – Many things can go wrong with a garbage disposal from being jammed, clogged or just not working. Our technicians know how to service your disposal and get it operating like it should. We also can install or replace new disposals that fit your usage.
Many times, garbage disposals can be easily repaired. Follow the steps below and you may be able to repair it yourself?
Does your garbage disposal make a noise?
If your garbage disposal does not make a humming noise, it may be a power issue.
1. Flip the circuit breaker or change the fuse….
2. Press the overload button located on the bottom of the disposal. Note: In some older models this is labeled as Reset Button.
3. Turn on the water, then the disposal…
4. The disposal should now run!
If this fails, you will need to contact your plumbing professionals at A-fordable Plumbing. If your disposal now makes a humming sound but won’t grind, proceed to the next steps.
Does your garbage disposal make a humming noise but will not grind?
1. Locate the service wrench….
Most garbage disposals are shipped with a wrench. The wrench is shaped like a little crank. If you can’t find the service wrench, you can try a standard Allen wrench. If you have an Insinkerator disposal you can order the wrench on line from Insinkerator.
2. Unplug the disposal… If the sink if full of water, wait for it to drain or bail the water using a bucket or pot.
3. Find the hole in the bottom of the disposal under the sink and insert the wrench…
Use the wrench like a crank. Work the wrench back and forth in both directions. If the wrench will not turn easily, it’s OK to use a small amount of force. Continue working with the wrench until it turns freely. With the disposal still unplugged, look inside the disposal grinding chamber using a flashlight. Please, don’t put your hands in the disposal! Instead, use a pair of plyers or tongs to remove any debris.
4. Plug the disposal back in and check the Overload button… The Overload button is located under the sink, usually on the bottom of the disposal. (In Insinkerator brands, it is a small square red button).
5. Turn on the water, then the disposal…
6. The disposal should now run!
If if jams again, you may need to repeat the process or contact your plumbing professionals at A-fordable Plumbing & Mechanical.
Garbage Disposal Tips
The most important to action you can take to keep your drains free from clogs is to know: what you can “feed” your disposal; how to feed it; and what its capabilities are.
How to feed your garbage disposal:
Always begin by running water down the garbage disposal.
Slowly feed the scraps into the disposal (especially potato peels!) with the water running.
When you are done feeding the disposal, keep the water running for at least 15 seconds.
What you can feed it:
Average garbage disposals can handle everyday food scraps and vegetable peels – as long as the vegetables are not fibrous. Examples of some fibrous materials are celery, green onions, artichokes, and banana peels.
The average garbage disposal can also grind hard materials such as small bones and fruit pits, but these materials should be ground in small amounts.
What your garbage disposal’s capabilities are:
Many builders install one of the Insinkerator Badger series of disposals during new construction. The lower the number of the Badger disposal, the lower the quality and the more careful you must be about what you put down it – also the noisier it is during operation.
The higher quality disposal you have, the less problems you will have with clogging and jamming – and of course, the quieter it will be. Our bestselling Insinkerator Evolution Excel Disposal claims to eat anything you can put down it – including artichoke, celery and onions! Its blades grind forward and then in reverse. It is insulated to perform quietly. A new Evolution Excel garbage disposal is the perfect gift for a well deserving cook. It will allow your cook to perform their holiday magic without worrying about clogging the drain line.
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