My garbage disposal is leaking water. Does anybody know what's
happening? If so, is this something I can fix by taking the disposal
apart or should I just go buy a new one?
This is a picture of the bottom of my In-Sink-Erator garbage disposal.
The arrows indicate where water is dripping from.
I replaced this unit about 5-6 years ago.
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someone recently plugged the stainless grinding chamber insinkerator on this
newsgroup, citing 10 years of service and still working, maybe you can get a
few more years out of yours by repairing it (if it can be repaired)
someone else mentioned consumer reports #8 pick is the kenmore 1/2 hp model
6011 [mfr. model 9912]...looking at its specs, it has an abs plastic
grinding chamber and galvanized steel grind elements, and is on sale till
1-8-05 for $64.99 (regularly $69.99)
the abs plastic sounds like a new design, have no idea how it stands up to
stainless steel, the cheapie disposals used to have grind chambers made of
some kind of cheap metal, maybe abs is better, have no idea how abs chambers
(with galvanized blades) stands up to stainless steel
like insinkerator, sears also makes more costly models with stainless
grinding chambers and stainless grind elements (and more than 1/2 hp motors)
for more data on sears stuff, go to
then click on the particular model and when that page opens you can also
click on the "Product specs" tab for data on grinding chamber/blade material
Thanks for your reply. SWMBO was on my case because we couldn't use
the dishwasher. So, when I didn't get an answer here and then found a
website that said if a disposal began leaking internally it was a
goner, I bought another this morning and have already installed it.
I agree with you I should get a lot more than 6 years from a disposer,
but I'm about to conclude In-Sink-Erators are junk sold to builders to
put in cheap and let the homeowner replace them regularly. I say
that because I've never had any other brand fail and I've had these
fail repeatedly. The one before this rusted away at the neck and fell
off. I've had 2 other brands in previous houses that had collective
lives of 23-30 years without failure, while these In-Sink-Erators last
on garbage disposal lives:
some say running hot water through a garbage disposal while it is running
prematurely ages it (heat is an enemy to electric motors), as the primary
cooling force on a disposal in operation can be cold water running through
some on this discussion group argue that can't be
thermodynamics seems to support the former
Thermodynamics support that cold water and hot water aren't very different.
Don't forget that temperatures aren't compared to 0F, but to 0K which is
Unless your hot water is at the point of turning to steam, you have
nothing to worry about.
Disposals simply don't get that hot for the temperature of the lubricating
water to matter.
Oh yes, I forgot to say, their customer support is atrocious. Their
website is a sales site. When you call their 800 number you wait in
the standard "All our customer service representatives are busy
helping other customers. Due to unusually high call volume . . ."
Actually as you will learn later the message should say "talk to other
customers" as no helping is going on.
When you finally get a human on the line they have such a thick accent
you can't understand much of what they are saying. When you begin to
pick out the words you discover the answer to EVERY question is "One
of out repairmen can come to your house and deal with that
I doubt it's worth taking apart if it's actually the unit and not one
of the connections. The price charged for parts is outrageous, the
time required is a factor, plus the distinct possiblility that it will
still leak or fail soon anyway, just doesn't make it worthwhile.
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