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Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation

Garbage disposals make our lives so much easier, and maintenance is only a part of maintaining the unit for its full life. But they do wear out (especially if they haven’t been repaired properly) or if the unit did not come with the house. It may seem easier to save on costs and try installing a garbage disposal yourself but doing so just is not safe.

But thankfully, here in East Tennessee, HEP INC. specializes in garbage disposal installation and repair for residential and commercial properties. We’ve been in this business for over 20 years if you need your garbage disposal repaired or are looking to get one installed.

Common Garbage Disposal Problems

Although garbage disposal units can experience a range of issues, many problems that affect them are often known by smell and sight. For instance, a disposal that lacks a hum may have overheated. This typically occurs because there’s an overfill, leading to the disposal tripping a breaker.

Similarly, a garbage disposal unit that is humming, but isn’t working, might have a jam. This usually happens when the blades get stuck. In this case, never put something in the disposal, like a fork or other utensil, to see if you can loosen the blades. It’s easy to cause more damage and you can get hurt.

Clogging and a terrible odor might suggest the blades aren’t spinning the way they should. If that is to happen to your unit that may be due to it getting a backlog of trapped food or it may be food stoppages. If your unit is starting or is smelling really pungent and constant with that smell this will also indicate a drainage problem. This will also show you that your unit is not shopping up food well.

How to Identify if your Garbage Disposal is Damaged

  • Switched on but not grinding or making noise
  • Clogging that has no apparent source
  • An overheated disposal unit may mean that it has overfilled and tripped the breaker
  • Water is leaking from the disposal, usually leaving a puddle beneath
  • Pungent and persistent odors coming from the sink that rinsing won’t dissipate
  • Shuts off by itself mid-usage
  • Unusual noises when in use, like grinding metal
  • Not working as well as it used to and taking longer to grind



If you are unsure about how to repair a garbage disposal unit, it’s not a good idea to take a chance to hope that you do it right. It is neither safe nor is it a straightforward process. They’re complex machines at best and trying a DIY repair may cause further problems down the line. Plus, trying to fix a garbage disposal yourself can be dangerous, so leave it to the professionals at HEP INC.

To ensure all of our customers have the best possible experience, we ensure that all of our technicians in East Tennessee are fully licensed and insured. With a satisfaction guarantee and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, we are confident that you’ll be happy with our service.