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Is it ok to run the garbage disposal when the dishwasher is running?


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2008-04-11 01:50:44
2008-04-11 01:50:44

Yes. Your dishwasher discharge hose is probably hooked into the side of the disposal. Running your disposal will not hurt the dishwasher.

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The disposal has to be in place so that the drain on the dishwasher is connected. If you do not have a disposal or are removing it, there is a extension tube for the drain that has the dishwasher tube in it. The disposal does not have to work for the dishwasher to drain. The water is run through the disposal so that any food particles get ground before going in the drain. After a while, the disposal will begin to smell if it is not run.

Make sure the dishwasher drain tube is up high between the D/W and the garbage disposal. It is supposed to be just under the countertop.

Check and see if the water line going from the dishwasher to the disposal has enough slack to run up and over the connection to the disposal.If its just running along the cabinet floor and straight up into the disposal that's the problem.Its called an anti siphon loop

Sure! Should not be a problem. Unless your dishwasher is the type you can put dishes in that still have food on them. I would rinse them first if that is the case.

Yes if you do not you could break your garbage disposal.

Your air gap is not supposed to leak. Check the hose that leads from the air gap to the garbage disposal for a clog. This should resolve your problem.

Pre rinse your dishesMake sure the food traps are empty and clearRun the garbage disposal before the dishwasherUse JetDryANS 2 -Remove the rotor arm that sprays in the centre of dishwasher. Often the small holes are plugged when this happens

There are a few things I was taught to do when you garbage disposal smells and they have always worked for me. Run really hot water for about a minute and than run the garbage disposal with the hot water for 10 or so seconds. Than cut off the peel of an orange and throw the orange peel into the garbage disposal and turn it on for a few seconds and that should get rid of the smell, plus your kitchen will smell good!

run cold water thru it for a minuint after you are done with it, cold water should be running while you use it also,

Depending on how much stuff you would typically run through your disposal would be whatever power garbage disposal you need to get.

Put ice cubes in disposal and run water as usual until ice cubes are shredded.

I strongly advise against using drano. The drain line from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal is pretty short. Try running your dishwasher and fill up your sink, when your dishwasher starts to drain, pull the plug on the sink and start your garbage disposal. You may be able to get away with using Drano a few times, but the thin plastic tube will be made brittle and possibly break in the future, also you will want to run it empty a few times if you do use a chemical. Odds are the clog is at the drain and you have some clearly nasty junk clogging it that will require some manual work. I recommend cutting up a coat hanger and bending a small hook on the end to clean it out. There could be other electrical / mechanical issues with your dishwasher, you may want to have a trusted service technician take a look.

To remove really bad stink from the disposal, dilute some Lysol with cold water. Pour it into the disposal without running it for about a half hour. Run the disposal with cold water, adding some ice cubes along the way. To prevent future stink, wash food through the disposal using only cold water. You can also run citrus rinds through the disposal with cold water to freshen it from time to time.

To deodorize a garbage disposal you can either put some baking soda in the drain and let it sit for a while or my favorite is to run lemon peels through the disposal after you do the dishes every night. You can use orange peels, too. Just make sure the pieces are small enough to run through without clogging it.

If it's truly horrible, dilute some Clorox or other bleach with water and pour it into the non-running disposal. Let it set for about a half hour. Add some ice cubes and run the disposal with cold water. Afterward, you can run ice cubes with rinds from oranges or limes ... any citrus will do ... with cold water. Washing food down the disposal with cold water instead of hot will prevent future disposal stank.

This one is easy and you can do it yourself. Just remove the elbow "trap" pipe and clean it...It's amazing how things can get gunked up in there. I just did this myself and it took less than 20 minutes. Good luck. The sink drain line is partially plugged.

One of the most common problems encountered with a garbage disposal occurs when you try to turn the disposal on, but nothing happens. If you are experiencing this issue, there are several things you can try to fix the garbage disposal yourself before you go through the trouble of calling a professional repairman or replacing the disposal completely. Before you try anything, however, always remember that you should never put your hand down the drain and into the disposal as this is extremely dangerous. If your garbage disposal makes absolutely no noise when it is turned on, this signals that the problem is electrical in nature. The first thing you should do is verify that the garbage disposal is connected to the power source. Obviously, if the disposal isn't plugged in, it will not run. If you find that the disposal is properly connected to power, try pressing the Reset button typically located on the bottom of the disposal unit. In the event that pressing Reset doesn't work, the next thing you can do is check the circuit breaker to see if it has been turned off or tripped. If it has been tripped, simply turn it back on. If you have checked the power, reset the unit, and checked the circuit breaker and your disposal still refuses to make a sound, there is either something wrong with the switch or the disposal may need to be replaced. To check the switch, you must first locate it. It may be on the wall near the disposal or under the sink. Once you have located the switch, you can replace it to see if that solves the problem. Before you replace the switch, however, you must disable the circuit breaker that powers the garbage disposal. After you have replaced the switch, you should turn the circuit breaker back on and check to see if your garbage disposal is working. If the switch was faulty, the garbage disposal should run normally. In the event that none of the suggestions detailed above are successful, it is likely that your garbage disposal cannot be repaired and you will need to replace it. You can either do this yourself or call a professional to install the new disposal.

You can run it straight through, but the whole reason for running it through the disposal is to catch anything comming off your dishes before it can clog up the pipes.

Yes, even it is not working, water will still run through it.

You can put the whole can in. Just be sure to run enough water with them.

Your options for repairing your disposal include reaching down and pulling out the rock or hiring someone to come look at it and fix or replace as necessary. Disposals run around $50.

it takes 3 gallons to run a dishwasher.

It depends on your wants as well as your budget. An energy-saver will save you money washing dishes in the long run - especially if you are running the dishwasher every day.

Only running the dishwasher when it is full can help to reduce and electricity bill that is high. When the dishwasher is run too frequently it can use large amounts of power and water, which can raise electricity bills quickly. In order to lower the bill, wait until the dishwasher is full before running it. This may mean that several days pass until it is run, or only running it once per week. If this is not frequent enough, consider hand washing dishes that are needed in the meantime to have clean dishes without having to run the dishwasher regularly..

Yes, mildew can grow on food. Also food stuck in a garbage disposal can rot and produce an awful odor. You might try buying a lemon or lime, cutting it into quarters, and shoving each quarter separately down the running garbage disposal (don't forget to run the water). That might help with the smell. If it persists, I would contact a licensed plumber (make sure the plumber works on garbage disposals) to see if something is wrong with the system. To my understanding, mildew/mold can grow on anything.

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