Food waste disposers shred food waste into small pieces so it doesn’t get stuck in the plumbing. Garbage disposals are from technical point of view fairly simple devices. There are two different types of food waste disposers, continuous feed and batch feed. The former is more convenient but the latter is safer. The batch feed disposer does not operate unless the lid is closed, making it impossible to get fingers injured in the disposer. Although more cumbersome to operate, if you have young children, the batch model may be a better choice. But most buyers prefer the more convenient continuous feed models.
Quality waste disposers should have the grind chamber parts made of corrosion proof metal (stainless steel) rather than corrosion resistant metal. The latter generally means galvanized steel and it will start to rust after a while. A good garbage disposal should work for more than ten years but rust can appear much earlier. If you want your garbage disposer to last for years, invest in a little bit more expensive model that does not rust. Generally, it turns out to be cheaper in the long run.
The more powerful the motor, the faster the disposer works. Generally, half a horse power (0.5 HP) is enough to grid normal food waste. But the three quarter (0.75 HP) horse power models are a safer choice. A powerful model is also better at grinding tough food waste, such as fibrous vegetables. Obviously hard items should not be thrown into a waste disposer. But fibrous vegetables cause most of the problems. Vegetables such as asparagus, artichokes and celery are stringy vegetables, they can’t be shredded into small pieces. Instead they end up as strings which wrap themselves around the moving parts in the grinding chamber. This will quickly create problems. A compost pile is a much better solution for fibrous vegetables than a garbage disposal. Note that most vegetables don’t create problems any problems for garbage disposers. It is only fibrous vegetables that create problems.
Food waste disposers are reliable and don’t require any regular maintenance. Some service technicians recommended feeding a batch of ice cubes weekly through the disposer. This keeps the disposer clean. Flushing the disposal with cold water is better than hot water. Hot water melts fat which could solidify again further down and block the drain. One thing you may want to do is to put citrus or orange peels once in a while into your disposer. It is the easiest way to get rid of annoying odors.
Excessive noise and vibrations are often indications of problems. An empty food waste disposer should not vibrate. If it does, it could be due to a broken impeller that makes the flywheel unbalanced. Another problem could be that the sink simply isn’t sturdy enough for the garbage disposal. Cheap sinks made of thin steel are seldom sturdy enough for powerful garbage disposals.
Excessive noise can be caused by a hard thing caught in the disposer. The better models are quieter but this may not be of importance. After all, food waste disposers are only used for short periods of time. Still nobody wants a unit that sounds like a jumbo jet at takeoff. But nowadays most models are reasonably quiet.
There are a number of things that should not be feed into a garbage disposer. Glass and metal should never be feed to food waste disposals. The disposer will get jammed and the foreign objects must be manually removed. As mentioned earlier, fibrous vegetables cause problems for most waste disposers. Both potato peels and banana peels can clog the drain. Be careful with rice, it expands in water and may cause blockages.
To avoid clogging, flush with plenty of cold water while grinding and for half a minute afterwards. Needless to say, never stick your fingers into the disposer. If you need to remove something out of the disposers, use a pair of tongs or pliers. Most modern waste disposers include anti-jamming features, making jamming less likely. But you still need to be careful what and how much you are putting into the garbage disposal.
Dishwashers can be connected to most food waste disposers. If your food waste disposal has an inlet for a dishwasher, it will be located near the top of the disposal chamber. You need a hammer and a screwdriver to remove the knockout plug. Even if you connect your dishwasher to a garbage disposer, it is still a good idea to scrape the plates before putting them into the dishwasher.
The question if waste disposers are environment friendly or not has been going on for a long time. Food waste is a big environmental problem, the garbage disposal is one way of limiting the amount food waste that end up in landfills. But a lot of people think they create more environmental issues than they solve. Lately, several countries in Europe have encouraged households to install garbage disposals. This because modern waste water treatment plants can convert the food waste into biogas. Here you can learn more about the question: Are garbage disposals environmentally friendly
How a garbage disposal looks like is not very important, after all it is typically hidden beneath the sink. But Waste King has introduced a very good looking garbage disposer which is not only looking good, it is also a very good waste disposer. Here you can learn more about the Waste King A1SPC Knight.