I am installing a garbage disposer in process of totally remodeling my
kitchen. I never had garbage disposer before. The disposer I got is
In-Sink-Erator 555sss. I always thought the garbage disposer works much
like sewage ejector pump that I installed in my basement several years
ago - float switch turns on where the disposer is full and turns off
after grinding waste and flushing water. It turned out that my disposer
and as far as I realize most of them are turned on manually and run
until manually turned off. Do I understand this correct? I installed a
GFCI receptacle on dedicated 20 A circuit but I assumed no switch. I
find it very annoying to turn the switch on and off each time I need to
use the disposer. Where do I put the switch for the disposer? Can it
overheat and break if left running for prolonged time?
You sound like my wife. She has a hell of a time understanding that the
garbage disposal is not like a garbage can. You don't wait until it is
full, then turn it on.
First off, the stuff smells rank quickly, and second, that is a lot of stuff
to send through the line at once, and there is a chance of clogging.
Still, at any time, I can turn on the water and hit the switch and there
will be garbage in there.
Either learn to use the damn thing, or get a pig to dispose of the slop.
Possible, even probable. Lots of people that
don't know how to drive also manage to screw up a
try at an oil change or a tire change. Hopefully
it would keep them off the road for a while but
usually some well meaning person comes along and
gets them going again.
I'm not so sure shes trolling - this question comes 3 days after her
question about locating an undermount sink, just about the right time frame
to be messing with the disposal.
Woe unto him who reaches into the disposer to retrieve a dropped spoon, only
to set off the float switch. Ouch.
The switch is usually mounted in the backsplash by the sink.But I just
stayed in a condo (new one ) the switch was in the cabinet under the sink.I
have no idea why this was done, it took awhile to find and was just a bad
idea.If you leave it on it will overheat and I guess that can cause an early
death.The dedicated circuit is great. Usually the outlet is under the sink
cabinet and one half of it is swathed . they other remains hot. My advice
call an electrician,
I did have a problem with a dishwasher that had to do with the disposer.
I hooked up the dishwasher drain to drain into the disposer.
Every now and then when you opened the dishwasher after it did a load of
dishes, there would be some dirty water that stayed in the DW.
You would then have to re-wash everything.
The problem was........my wife wasn't always running the disposer when she
put stuff in it.
The disposer would partially plug up and when the DW pumped the dirty water
out, some of it would sit in the disposer and when the pump stopped, the
water would run back into the DW.
I changed the discharge to below the disposer and haven't had a problem
She should definitely run the disposal first, but depending on the
model of your dishwasher, she may not need to rinse the dishes at all.
Consumer Reports tests dishwashers regularly, using a mess of oatmeal
and spinach that's been allowed to harden on dishes overnight. They
reported last year that most current-model dishwashers had no problem
cleaning those dishes completely, with no soaking or rinsing.
As I recall, the biggest difference they found in the cleanliness of
dishes had nothing to do with rinsing; instead it was related to the
kind of cleaner used. The best dishwasher powders, liquids, and tabs
were the ones that contained enzymes. Cascade Complete and Electrasol
tabs are two of the products I remember performing well.
This was all a big revelation to me, since I'd been raised to believe
that you had to wash the dishes before washing the dishes, but I tried
it, and lo-and-behold, my dishes came out clean without rinsing.
Loading dishes without rinsing completely freaks my mother-in-law out
when she visits. Bonus! ;)
The problem with not rinsing is not the stuff that gets stuck on, but
the fish bones or broken glass that make it past the screen and grinder.
These get stuck in the discharge pump and will trap anything else headed
for the disposal.
I have a fairly new Frigidaire that I have had to take apart more than
once because fish bones or a piece of broken glass got past the screen.
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
I'd think that broken glass would come from glasses broken in the
dishwasher, not from anything on your plate? And bones get scraped into
the trash, of course... Sorry if I implied that you could put anything
into the dishwasher; only food that can be ground by the dishwasher is
safe, but that includes almost everything. No corncobs, no bones, no
You are correct on the source of the broken glass. My point about fish
bones is that they seem so small (not like a bone from a steak) and the
temptation is to not rinse them off. Big mistake! I think it prudent
to give the dishes a light rinse or a quick scrape before they go in the
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
In spite of what the manufacturer says, excessive gravy, tomato sauce, or
beet juice swirling around in the machine cant be as good as getting rid of
it before hand. A quick "pssst" under the faucet gets rid of the bulk.
So... an independent consumer advocacy organization tests dishwashers,
and determines that dishes come out equally clean whether you pre-rinse
or not, and you would rather continue to waste the water (and your own
time) by pre-rinsing? You sound like my mother-in-law, heheh :)
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