Are you in the market for a new garbage disposal? If so, there are several factors to consider before making your purchase. While it might seem like every garbage disposal is the same, it’s important to do your research and understand what features are available and which one is best suited for your needs. Our team at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical is sharing three things to look for when buying a garbage disposal.
- Power Level
Power levels will determine how quickly and efficiently your unit can handle food waste. Garbage disposals measure power levels in the horsepower (hp) present in the motor. The most common disposals for homes range from 1/3 hp to 1 hp, with ½ hp and ¾ hp being recommended most often for families. It is important to note that a higher horsepower will translate to a bigger, and often more expensive, unit—so you should take accurate measurements of the space under your sink before purchase. In addition to horsepower, the effectiveness of your grinding will depend on the materials in the chamber, with stainless steel being an excellent option, as they don’t rust and are easy to clean.
- Noise Reduction Technology
Garbage disposals can be quite noisy, so if you don’t want to deal with annoying grinding noises, noise reduction technology should factor into your decision. Many modern disposals come with sound-dampening insulation that keeps the noise level down. Additionally, some units feature insulated grinding chambers that can further reduce the sound of the motor and blades.
- Warranty Coverage
When shopping for a new garbage disposal, the warranty coverage should also be carefully considered. Having a reliable warranty can provide you with peace of mind and assurance that if something goes wrong with your unit, repairs or replacement parts will be provided. Many warranties are limited to certain times, conditions, and service providers, so it’s essential to read through the fine print. Moreover, compare warranties between different manufacturers to determine which one offers the best protection.
If you have a septic system, another consideration to make before purchasing a garbage disposal is determining if you would like a septic system enzymatic reservoir feature included. This added enzyme treatment provides a head start when processing food waste.
An often-overlooked aspect of purchasing a new disposal that will affect its longevity and effectiveness is the installation process. Whether it is a brand-new install, or you are replacing an outdated unit, attention to detail is critical. That is why hiring a professional is highly recommended. A skilled plumber will remove the old system, install the new one, and then perform a thorough test to ensure everything runs smoothly.
No matter what type of kitchen plumbing you are struggling with, our team at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical can help. We service homes throughout Ontario and the Greater San Bernardino County. From sink repair and leak detection to garbage disposal replacement and more, our technicians have the tools and expertise to get the job done right. Call us at (909) 253-0664 or fill out our quick and easy online contact form today.