Do you need to replace your Garbage Disposal? Installing a new unit is not a big deal! But you will require the right tools and guidance to get this done.
Garbage Disposal is an electronic machine which is installed under the kitchen sink. It does the job of shredding waste food material and then passing it into your home plumbing.
How to Install a Garbage Disposal
The disposal is attached to the sink, and the discharge port is connected to the drain pipe. If you are going to install the Garbage Disposal for the first time, then check for the presence of power outlets and switches nearby. Otherwise, you won’t be able to set it up.
For the purchase of a new Disposal, you need to consider the requirements first. If you have got a small household with one or more kids, then go for a Batch feed system, else go with the Continuous Disposal. The main difference among both is, in the Continuous, you have to manually turn off the system once it is turned on.
Tools required for Installing a Garbage Disposal:
- One Garbage Disposal
- Pliers for Water Pumping
- Disposal Wrench
- Plumber’s Putty
- Power Cord
- Safety equipment like Goggles, Dust Mask, etc.
After setting up all the above materials, we are good to go!
Following are the steps of installation, go step-by-step only:
- Take all the plugs down from your previous disposal setup. This is the most important step of all, and make sure it is done before getting started with the installation.
- Next, you need to disassemble your old Garbage Disposal. If yours is connected to the Dishwasher, then grab a screwdriver and then loosen the joint connecting the disposal to the dishwasher. Then comes the turn of the waste line, detach it in a similar way. You can even place a bucket under the pipe, to collect any waste water present in it.
- Using a screwdriver, detach the disposal system from the top portion. Place the screwdriver on the mounting ring, and turn it in an anti-clockwise direction. Thus you have successfully detached your old disposal!
- Get all the components out from the mounting assembly portion. Remove the sink sleeve, flange, fiber gasket, and the plumber’s putty. Clean all the parts using a cloth, and get it set for the new installation.
- Time to set up the new Garbage Disposal. The first work to be done is the wire connections. Many of them arrive in the wired form, and if it isn’t then nothing to worry about.
- First, remove the plate beneath the disposal. Connect all the white and black wires provided, by following all the manufacturer’s instructions. After all the connections are made, set the cover plate back as it was before.
- We got to work on the mounting section; that is the drain flange and the mounting ring. Take the plumber’s putty, and apply it in a snake shape with 1/2 inch thickness on the underside of the drain flange. Attach it to the drain hole, and then place the backup ring followed by fiber gasket and mounting ring.
- Now, you can take up your new disposal and mount it in the proper place. You need to make sure that the outlet of the disposal is facing towards the drain pipe connections.
- Get the discharge line connected to the disposal. There are chances that you will find some length difference in the discharge tube. In such cases, cut the pipe using a hacksaw and get them connected. Read the product manual, and perform this step as suggested by your manufacturer.
- Finally, turn the power button on. Run the water in the sink, and check if there are no leaks present. You can even test your Garbage Disposal by passing any waste food material into it. Check if everything is running correctly.
This way you can get your Garbage Disposal installed for your kitchen sink. If you face any confusion related to the wiring compatibility or anything, then we would recommend hiring a professional. Make sure he/she is a licensed electrician, and get your Disposal installed rightly.
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