How to Pick a Garbage Disposal

If you’re a homeowner, most likely you’ve come into contact with appliances you used to never look twice at, except when it needed to be repaired or replaced.

I recently bought my first home. You can understand my excitement in seeing the fruits of my labor come to fruition.

Of course, my new home isn’t perfect by any means. At ten years old, it certainly seemed new to me. The main reason why we chose it was because of its affordability. I thought I was set. However, within a few months, certain appliances started giving me problems.

The water heater was the first appliance that needed replacing. One morning my normally warm shower was ice cold. I tried not to let it ruin my morning, but let’s just say I struggled that day to be my cheerful, upbeat self.

What did I do, you ask? I attempted to relight the pilot light, but it wouldn’t light.

I checked all the connections, but nothing seemed to work. My neighbor was kind enough to look at it before confirming my worst fear: I needed a new water heater. And because I had a packed schedule for the next few days, I didn’t have time or willingness to install a new water heater by myself.

The new water heater plus labor cost over a thousand dollars. Ouch. I also can’t forget that I had to work from home that day, since no one else in the family was available. But at least I had hot water that warmed up much more quickly than before. Another plus? I wouldn’t have to worry about this particular problem for at least another ten years.

But two weeks later my garbage disposal suddenly stopped working in the middle of grinding up some vegetable peels. I groaned in exasperation because I knew what that meant. Sure enough, my neighbor told me I needed to buy a new one.

Since I had just paid for the water heater, the thought of shelling out more money so soon didn’t make me happy. I had two choices: either pay someone to install the garbage disposal or somehow do it myself.  As you can guess, I chose the DIY route.

Like most people, I did some research to find out some information before I purchased the garbage disposal. I didn’t realize there were so many options and various factors to consider, such as the feed rate, how powerful I wanted the motor, and how fine I wanted the waste. Even the noise was something to consider.

It was difficult to come to a decision, but the reviews I found made it easier to choose the disposal that fit my preferences.

In the end, cost and durability also played a role. You never want to buy the least expensive item, and if you want the most expensive disposal make sure it’s worth it. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles, so I chose a reasonably priced, mid-range disposal. I figured as long as it did what it was supposed to it would last.

Perhaps the most surprising part about taking out the old disposal and installing the new one was the fact that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  At first everything looked like a foreign country, but I just focused on taking small steps. If I became frustrated, I gave myself a break. There wasn’t any point in taking my emotions out on the innocent disposal.

I made sure to read the instructions and watch plenty of videos to familiarize myself with the process. It took me much longer than I would have liked, but what was more important is the fact that I actually finished and that the disposal actually worked when I tested it out.

There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you accomplished a task that others would find daunting. Now, every time I flip the switch to get rid of the waste I can’t help but smile. Not only did I install the disposal correctly, I also saved myself some money on the labor side.

Dealing with the maintenance of various appliances and fixtures in the home is a necessary responsibility. I just hope that the next appliance I fix is a minor one.