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 Gold Coast InSinkErator food waste disposer specialists

Whywait Plumbing is your Gold Coast InSinkErator food waste disposer expert, so if you have a blocked, seized, smelly, leaking or an InSinkErator that has stopped working, call today for service. We are experts in servicing, replacing and installing all models of InSinkErator units.

InSinkErator Food Waste Disposer Enquiries

For the same-day service call to attend to your InSinkErator call (07) 5580 4311. For non-urgent enquiries, feel free to email us.

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InSinkErator Servicing

An InSinkErator food waste disposer or waste disposal, or garbage disposal unit is one of the most reliable, trouble-free appliances you will ever install in your home.

Your InSinkErator is virtually maintenance-free, and as long as you are regularly using it, you will experience no problems.

Common InSinkErator food waste disposer problems

If you have a problem with the operation of your InSinkErator, then it’s likely to be one of the following:

  • The InSinkErator jams or seizes up while using, and the motor stops
  • The InSinkErator suddenly stops working
  • The InSinkErator makes strange noises while it is in use
  • Wastewater in the sink does not drain away after using your InSinkErator
  • Wastewater leaks from the InSinkErator when you turn your tap on

DIY InSinkErator food waste disposer repairs

If your InSinkErator food waste disposer seizes or stops working or makes strange noises then you likely have a jammed unit. All or some of the following can release a jammed unit:   

  • Turn off the InSinkErator unit’s power and water
  • Locate the self-service wrenchette that should be in a plastic sleeve attached to the InSinkErator
  • Insert one end of the wrenchette into the centre hole on the bottom of the InSinkErator and wind it around back and forth until you can spin it around freely
  • Using a pair of tongs, remove any objects that are inside the InSinkErator that may have caused the jam, such as a spoon, bones or a child’s toy
  • On the bottom of the InSinkErator, locate the red reset button and gently push to restart the motor
  • If the motor still does not operate check to see if you have a tripped circuit breaker

If your InSinkErator does not drain away or is slow to drain or leaks into your cupboard, you may have a blocked trap in the drain. A blocked S trap can be cleared by the following:

  • Turn off the InSinkErator unit’s power and water
  • Check inside the InSinkErator to see if it is clogged with food scraps and remove them if need be
  • If you have water still in the sink, bail it out with a cup into a bucket
  • Once the water is bailed out of the sink, position a bucket under the S trap and undo the hand-tight nuts on the S trap. This will enable you to pull the trap apart and remove any food solids or fat that is blocking the trap
  • Once you have removed any food scraps in the S trap, reassemble the trap and reinstall 
  • Turn on the water to check the drain is now allowing water to flow plus check the S trap to ensure it is not leaking

If you are not confident enough to undertake DIY solutions on your InSinkErator food waste disposer or the DIY solutions above do not work, then it’s time to call Whywait Plumbing to service your unit.

“Excellent service & value for money with the plumbing problem explained and solved promptly without delay. Gary’s knowledge and industry experience is unquestionable and his honest, down to earth approach is refreshing. Highly recommended plumbing business.”

Justin Hansard

Executive Director , Hansard Group

What is an InSinkErator Food waste disposer?

An InSinkErator food waste disposer is a quick and easy way to dispose of all your food waste. With an InSinkErator, your food scraps are hygienically disposed down your sink. The InSinkErator food waste disposer grinds your food waste into fine particles and flushes it into the sewage system, eliminating unpleasant decaying food odours from kitchen and wheelie bins.

An InSinkErator food waste disposer is installed under the kitchen sinks as part of your drainage system. The InSinkErator drains finely ground food waste through the plumbing drainage system into the sewage system.

With an InSinkErator food waste disposer installed in your kitchen, most of your food waste can be hygienically disposed of down the drain, eliminating the handling of food scraps multiple times plus reducing time spent preparing and cleaning up after meals.

Every InSinkErator is safe and accessible for everyone in your family to grind food scraps without using knives or blades.

With the touch of a button, an InSinkErator washes food scraps down your sink drain hygienically and immediately rather than leaving them in your kitchen bin, resulting in decaying food odours, bacteria breeding and attracting and attracting and attracting insects.

An InSinkErator food waste disposer installed under your sink is compact and discreet, as all that is needed is your standard plumbing sink drain and a power source.

How does an InSinkErator food waste disposer work?

An InSinkErator food waste disposer works at the touch of a button. You must push all your food scraps into the InSinkErator, turn on your cold water tap, and press the air switch button to turn on the InSinkErator.

The food scraps are then ground into tiny particles by an internal grind ring, with NO BLADES used. The food scraps are practically liquefied by a combination of grinding and cold water, then flushed through the InSinkErator to flow into your sewage drain system.

All InSinkErator models are designed to cope with the majority of food scraps and waste, inclusive of vegetable peelings, small bones, meat, fish bones, prawn shells, fruit peelings, fruit pips, eggshells, coffee grinds, tea leaves, tea bags and practically everything else that is part of your meals.

You should always use cold water when your InSinkErator is in operation, and it should remain on for approximately 15 seconds after the disposer has finished grinding.

Why should you install an InSinkErator food waste disposer in your kitchen?

Once you have experienced an InSinkErator food waste disposer in your kitchen, you will never live without one again. An InSinkErator is environmentally and hygienically the best practice for disposing of all your food scraps.

Nothing is hygienic about the decaying food odour from your kitchen or wheelie bin that attracts insects.

Using your InSinkErator food waste disposer to send all food scraps through the sewerage system to the council sewerage treatment plants aids sustainability and the environment. Ground food waste is 70% water, and the council sewerage treatment plants are designed to treat organic waste.

The significant advantages of installing an InSinkErator food waste disposer in your kitchen are:

  • A swifter and more efficient method of disposing of food scraps & waste.
  • Minimises the repetitive handling of food scraps & waste. 
  • Eliminates the problem of kitchen bins emitting odours. 
  • Increases the overall hygiene of the kitchen and food preparation area. 
  • Eliminates the need to clean in and around kitchen bins & wheelie bins continually. 
  • Environmentally responsible disposal of organic food scraps & waste to sewerage treatment plants. 
  • Assisting to reduce the amount of food waste that goes into landfill. 
  • Straightforward to install into the plumbing infrastructure in new and existing kitchens.

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How to operate your InSinkErator food waste disposer

  • Remove the disposer unit plug
  • Turn on the COLD WATER tap only with plenty of flow
  • Turn the disposer on at the air switch or power switch
  • Feed the food waste & scraps into the disposer
  • Let water continue to run for 10-15 seconds after grinding is complete to flush the liquified food waste through the drain

Hints for operating your InSinkErator food waste disposer

  • DO grind natural food waste with a moderate flow of  COLD WATER
  • DO grind food scraps such as vegetable peelings, fruit pits, eggshells, pasta, rice, meat scraps, fish scraps and much more
  • DO dispose of coffee grounds, tea leaves & tea bags in your disposer
  • DO flush the disposer & drains for self-cleaning. Allow the disposer and COLD WATER to run for 10-15 seconds after grinding or draining the sink
  • DO NOT put anything but NATURAL ORGANIC FOOD WASTE into the disposer
  • DO NOT put GLASS, STRING OR FEATHERS into the disposer
  • DO NOT GRIND OYSTER SHELL as the fine sediment may block the S trap or drain
  • DO NOT USE HOT WATER when grinding. Using hot water increases your energy costs
  • DO NOT turn the disposer off or the water off until grinding is completed and only the sound of the motor and running water can be heard
  • DO NOT pour any SOLVENTS OR CHEMICALS in the disposer. 

“Really positive experience. Reasonably priced and on time. Nathan was professional, friendly and well presented. He went through all the potential costs and outlined exactly he planned to do so no expensive surprises. Will definitely use them again.”

Kelly Murray