A garbage disposal unit is usually connected to the drain line below the sink and lies above the sink track. If you have an existing unit that needs to be replaced you might try to do so if you have some experience in installing the unit. There are certain electrical as well as plumbing requirements related to installation of a garbage disposal unit. If you are unsure about the tasks involved, you might want to hire A Better Plumber to come help out. Many experienced plumbing services usually have the know-how and expertise to help customers get a garbage disposal unit installed in their home.
Electrical setup for a garbage disposal
For a garbage disposal unit to be replaced, you need to plug it into a power supply of 120 volt ground fault circuit interrupter outlet which is usually located under the sink. In case such an electrical outlet is not located under the sink you need to have such a power outlet installed. If you are calling in a plumbing service for installation of a garbage disposal unit, chances are that they will send someone with electrical expertise as well to make the necessary connections. Even if you have an expert coming in to do the connection setup, ensure that a switch is placed adjacent to the sink that controls the outlet. Usually batch feed disposers are set up without a switch as they start when you insert and turn on the drain plug.
Selecting a garbage disposal unit
When you wish to buy a replacement model you need to look at new models that have updated technology. With new models you will be able to do away with the waste assembly component as well as mounting flange. This helps to have a simpler model set up which would be more powerful and larger. However, at the time of choosing the garbage disposal unit, if you are choosing a larger and more powerful unit you need to ensure that it will fit the space under the kitchen sink.
Preparation for new installation
When an old garbage unit needs to be installed, you need to first unplug and remove the old unit. You need to shut the power off and disconnect the wires. The drainage connection would have to be disconnected so that the old unit can be removed and new one put in place. For performing such tasks you need to keep some tools handy such as pipe wrench, hammer, screwdrivers, locking jaw pliers and plumber’s putty.
If you are new to the job, it might not be adequate to follow DIY instructions online. If the old unit was a cumbersome setup and the drainage connections are old, it would require the intervention of an expert plumber. For such reasons it is best that you refer to a plumber to come in and get the unit installed. Call A Better Plumber can send in experienced personnel who have handled garbage disposal unit installations before. This will provide you peace of mind for sure.
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