Ask Any Hour: How hard is it to replace a garbage disposal myself?

QUESTION:

Dear Any Hour,

My garbage disposal still isn’t working very well and I have a lot of family coming over soon. I’m worried that it will be a problem or maybe even stop working altogether. How hard is it to replace one myself?

- Jim D.

replace garbage disposal
ANSWER:

If you have some basic home improvement skills (or want to learn some), replacing a garbage disposal is a fairly easy home project to take on.

The first thing you need to do is choose the kind of garbage disposal you want. There are a lot of options out there and you need to think about what you want as far a power, noise, and vibration go.

Once you have the garbage disposal you want and the tools you need, you are ready to start. We actually made a video about how to replace a garbage disposal that you can watch to show you how it’s done. We’ll explain the steps below.

 
 

 

STEPS FOR REPLACING A GARBAGE DISPOSAL
UNINSTALL OLD DISPOSAL
  1. Disconnect power - Start with shutting off the power to your disposal. If it plugs into an outlet, you just unplug it. If it’s wired in, you have to shut the power off at the breaker.
  2. Remove existing disposal - You need to disconnect any drain lines that are going to the disposal as well as the dishwashing drain tube if there is one. Next, you are going to drop the disposal by loosening the mounting lug while supporting it from below. It’s heavy, so be careful.
INSTALL NEW DISPOSAL
  1. Prepare mounting assembly and flange
  2. Install flange in sink
  3. Connect to electrical supply
  4. Attach discharge tube
  5. Connect to mountain assembly
  6. Reconnect drain lines
  7. Fill sink and test for leaks
  8. Turn the power back on and test

If you feel comfortable with these types of projects, replacing a garbage disposal is something you can totally do yourself.

As always, if you ever feel like you’ve gotten in over your head, stop and call a technician that you trust for some help. If you’re in the Utah market, consider calling Any Hour Services.


woman with question marks above her  What Do You Want to Learn More About?  We want to share tips and information to help you understand the systems in your home. Is there a topic you'd like us to talk about? We'd love to hear from you! Click the button below to submit your question or email it to: [email protected].

submit


Other helpful articles:

    red arrow Click here for more helpful DIY videos from Any Hour Services
    red arrow Click here to listen to episodes of our podcast - In The House


 
Copyright © 2022 by Any Hour Services

 

Apr 25th 2022

All Posts