How Long Do Garbage Disposals Last?

If you’ve been having trouble with your garbage disposal recently, you might want to ask yourself, “How long have I had this disposal?” Considering a few other factors that tie into the lifespan of your garbage disposal, it very well could be time to consider replacing it with a new one.

How Long Does a Garbage Disposal Typically Last? 

The level of proper maintenance and care that you give your garbage disposal plays a part in when you’ll need a replacement. If you are not using your garbage disposal properly, this could take years off of its lifespan. It also can depend on the quality of the disposal components as well. 

Homeowners don’t pay attention to what they’re disposing when they’re using their garbage disposal. A lot of foods that you might think would be fine to put down the disposal, actually are not. Take a look at this list of foods here, that should not be going down your disposal. It will probably surprise you! 

garbage disposal is jammed - food being stuffed down kitchen food waste disposer

Quality Components Can Make a Big Difference

The quality components of your garbage disposal can make a difference in how long your disposal lasts before it no longer is useful in your home. Make sure that you’re using a well-known brand that comes with a 10-year warranty. This can save you from having to spend money out of pocket on a new one earlier than normal.

new garbage disposal installation

Make Sure It’s Properly Installed From The Start

When you’re getting a garbage disposal installed, make sure that it’s being installed properly. Hire a professional that you can trust in order to get the job done right. This will save you from having any issues with it in the future. 

Be Careful To Not Overuse It

The more that you use your garbage disposal, the more wear and tear it’s going to take on. Overuse of your disposal can put more strain on it that it’s originally intended to take on. More so, it’s good to be mindful of how often you’re using it. More so, be mindful of what it is that you’re putting down into it. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that garbage disposal blades can dull down over time. Therefore, the more often that you are using them, the quicker those blades will dull. This then leads to the food that you’re putting down into your disposal taking a longer time to break down than normal.

troubleshoot a garbage disposal - potato peels in sink

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, many important factors go into answering how long a garbage disposal is bound to last. If you’re ever in doubt about what you shouldn’t put down the garbage disposal, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Just dispose of it in the garbage. Doing so will allow your disposal to work properly for a longer period of time.

Call 1-Tom-Plumber 

Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you need any help with installing or replacing a garbage disposal. 1-Tom-Plumber’s certified team of plumbers and drain technicians respond immediately to any emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, or water damage problem. 

We also handle the excavation of underground water lines and sewer main lines. Our immediate-response team is available every day and night of the year, even on holidays.

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