Kitchen Plumbing Basics: Things to Look for When Buying a Garbage Disposal

Must-Know Information on Garbage Disposals

If you’re in the market for a new garbage disposal for your kitchen plumbing system, it can often be hard to know where to start. There are a lot of options when buying a new garbage disposal, and it can be difficult to know which features to prioritize.

Plus, oftentimes homeowners are trying to quickly purchase and install a garbage disposal to keep their kitchen plumbing running smoothly after an older unit has stopped working.

Without having much knowledge about garbage disposals, this can be a difficult task. To help demystify this process, here are some tips for buying a new garbage disposal. This guide will make the buying process as easy as possible.

The Issue of Noise Level

An important issue to consider when selecting a garbage disposal is the noise level. Garbage disposals can be loud, especially if you have a stainless steel sink.

A good rule of thumb for garbage disposal noise is that you generally get what you pay for. The bigger and better a disposal is, the quieter it is.

As a result, if the noise level is a priority, you’ll want to buy a larger and heavier disposal. Just keep in mind the size of your space so that you make sure the disposal will fit!

Motor Size Also Matters

Garbage disposal motors range in size from ⅓ horsepower to 1 full horsepower. For the most part, any size will get the job done, but a ⅓ horsepower disposal has a shorter life span and usually doesn’t last more than 4 or 5 years.

As the motor size gets larger, it lasts longer, is more durable, is quieter and can handle tougher foods. For a single-family home, either a ½ or ¾ horsepower motor is usually the right choice. When deciding between those two, it’s primarily an issue of balancing cost, noise level, and durability.

Don’t Forget about Garbage Disposal Warranties

Good garbage disposal generally lasts anywhere from 8 to 15 years. Given this lifespan, a warranty can be an effective way to save money in the long run. When it comes to disposals, there are a variety of warranty options, ranging from one year to lifetime warranties.

The most comprehensive warranties provide mechanical and corrosion in-home replacement coverage for the lifespan of the unit.

Take some time to explore warranty options when buying disposal, as you might find that it’ll end up saving you some money.

These tips should make the process of buying a new disposal a little bit easier. And, if you still have questions, it’s always a good idea to contact a trusted plumber to learn more.

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