You use your garbage disposal daily, but you may not think about it unless it stops working.
The average garbage disposal should last about 10 to 12 years before it needs to be replaced, if it’s used properly. Improper use or lack of maintenance, however, could shorten that lifespan considerably.
Proper Use of the Garbage Disposal
Some people take the name garbage disposal a little too literally. Although it is built to be durable, it is not designed for disposal of household items or large quantities of kitchen debris. A disposal is designed to cut soft foods into small pieces so it can be washed down the drain.
Items that should never go down the disposal include:
- Bones of any kind.
- Coffee grounds.
- Non-food items.
- Anything that’s stringy or fibrous – like celery, corn husks, or onion peels.
These items can dull blades, creating the need to repair or replace the disposal.