Garbage Disposal Repair & Replacement in Polk County & Central Florida

Is your garbage disposal acting up? Call Iceberg Home Services for garbage disposal repair and replacement in Lakeland, Orlando, Winter Haven, and throughout Central Florida.

The average garbage disposal lasts about 10 years; some last longer, and others reach the end of their service life sooner. The brand of garbage disposal in your home and the frequency of use can affect how long your unit will serve you.

There are two basic types of garbage disposals: batch feed (keep the cover on the drain to activate) and continuous (use a switch to turn unit on/off). Garbage disposals are effective and useful appliances that improve your quality of life.

Do you need garbage disposal repair for your Central Florida home? Call 863-223-1849 or contact Iceberg Home Services. Ask about our service areas.

Four Common Garbage Disposal Problems

The most common problems leading to needed garbage disposal repair or replacement are:

  1. Garbage disposal drains slowly – This can be the result of several problems, but a clog usually causes it. Never use chemical drain cleaners in your garbage disposal. They seldom work, and using them can cause more damage, plus void the manufacturer’s warranty.
  2. Garbage disposal leaks – Daily vibration can loosen garbage disposal hardware under the sink at the flange. The hose connection and discharge drainpipe are other sites likely to develop leaks over time.
  3. Garbage disposal makes a humming noise but doesn’t work – There’s a jam. It can pop the reset button or trip the circuit breaker. This can burn out the motor. Use a flashlight to see if something is jammed in the disposal, then use a wooden spoon to dislodge it. Never put your hand in the garbage disposal.
  4. Garbage disposal won’t turn on – Make sure the unit is plugged in and flip the reset button (on the bottom of the unit).

Never put your hand into the garbage disposal. If there’s a DIY fix that is safe, we’ll tell you about it. Call 863-223-1849 or contact us.

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Care and Feeding of Your Garbage Disposal

Your kitchen garbage disposal is a much-appreciated appliance; you really miss it when it breaks or clogs! Taking care of your garbage disposal can add years of life to this valuable kitchen aid.


  • Clean once a week – Use liquid dish soap/water or baking soda/vinegar
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions
  • Use lots of cold water during and after use


  • Put fibrous or hard foods in your garbage disposal, including:
    • Animal bones
    • Banana/potato peels
    • Bread, pasta, rice, and other starchy foods
    • Coffee grounds
    • Eggshells
    • Grease
    • Nuts/shells
    • Oils
    • Onion skins
    • Pits/seeds

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

Common problems can often be fixed. But some of those same problems are indicators it’s time to replace your garbage disposal:

  • Age – If it’s nearing 10 years old, consider replacement, not repair.
  • Frequent resets – You shouldn’t have to hit the reset button very often.
  • Large leaks – A full unit replacement is needed if the leak is severe.
  • Odd clogs – The amount of and type of food you normally put down your disposal might suddenly become more than it can handle, with even small amounts of foods causing clogs.
  • Odors – There might be trapped particles or a greater problem if bad smells don’t respond to cleaning.
  • Renovation – If you are going to remodel the kitchen anyway, get a new disposal for your new sink, especially if your garbage disposal is aged.
  • Shuts off by itself/no power – If your circuit breaker is okay, schedule a service call as soon as possible.
  • Takes too long – Blade deterioration on an older unit often means your disposal needs to be replaced, not repaired.
  • Too many repairs – At some point, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the unit.

Why Choose Iceberg Home Services?

Our family has been serving families like yours for over 70 years. We’re invested in Central Florida families, and we’re invested in you. That’s the Iceberg Home Services difference!

Call 863-223-1849 or contact us today to learn more about HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and plumbing services in Lakeland, Orlando, and Winter Haven, FL.




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