Maximizing the Lifespan of Your Garbage Disposal

Expert Guidance and Assistance from Miller’s Services

With proper care and maintenance, your kitchen’s garbage disposal unit can serve you for many years, efficiently breaking down food waste and preventing plumbing issues. Whether you’re looking to extend the lifespan of your current unit with repairs or considering upgrading to a new garbage disposal system altogether, Miller’s Services is here to provide expert guidance and assistance. Explore our tips for optimizing your disposal’s performance and discover the benefits of installing a modern unit tailored to your kitchen’s needs.


Benefits of Garbage Disposals:

Perhaps your home did not come equipped with a garbage disposal in the kitchen and you’d like to add one. This is a great way to add value to your home, and the overall project should be fairly quick and inexpensive.

Garbage disposals are more than just handy kitchen appliances; they’re game-changers for managing food waste and maintaining a clean and functional kitchen environment. By swiftly grinding up food scraps, garbage disposals effectively reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. These devices help minimize unpleasant odors that can arise from decomposing food in trash bins, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh and inviting. Garbage disposals play a crucial role in preventing clogs and backups saving you from costly plumbing repairs down the line. With a garbage disposal from Miller’s Services, you can enjoy a cleaner, more efficient kitchen and do your part for the environment.

Types of Garbage Disposals:

When it comes to garbage disposals, there are several types available to suit various kitchen setups and preferences. One popular option is the continuous feed garbage disposal, which allows you to continuously add food waste while the unit is running, providing convenience and efficiency for everyday use. On the other hand, batch feed garbage disposals require you to load the chamber with food waste before activating the unit, offering added safety and control.

Both types come with their own set of features and benefits, such as powerful motors for efficient grinding, durable stainless steel components for long-lasting performance, and advanced sound insulation for quiet operation. At Miller’s Services, we offer a range of garbage disposal options to meet your specific needs and budget, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your kitchen.


Proper maintenance is key to ensuring your garbage disposal operates smoothly and efficiently for years to come. To keep your unit in top condition, it’s essential to follow a few simple maintenance tips:

  • Regularly clean your garbage disposal by flushing it with cold water and dish soap to remove any buildup and debris.
  • Avoid putting fibrous or hard-to-grind items such as bones, fruit pits, and coffee grounds down the disposal, as these can damage the blades and motor. Instead, opt for softer food scraps that are easier to break down, and use ice cubes or citrus peels to freshen up the disposal and eliminate odors.
  • Shedule professional maintenance checks with Miller’s Services to ensure your garbage disposal is operating efficiently and to address any potential issues before they escalate.

With proper care and attention, your garbage disposal will continue to serve you well for years to come.

When it does come time to retire your garbage disposal, the plumbing service experts at Miller’s are ready to tackle the garbage disposal replacement. Typically speaking, a garbage disposal will last you a fair amount of time before the blades will dull or the motor will stop functioning. Depending on the install date (modern garbage disposals are exponentially more enduring and rugged than older models), you can anticipate your garbage disposal lasting anywhere from 8 to 15 years.

Our plumbers will assess whether it will be most time and cost-effective for us to simply fix the garbage disposal or to completely replace it. To replace the system is typically a fairly quick job, and we have the experience to get in, put things back in order, and be out of your hair in no time flat!

If you’re having issues under your sink, here’s a quick video to explain to you what the different parts are and what they do.


Miller's Services team in front of work truck

While you may be tempted to tackle the installation yourself, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. At Miller’s Services, we’re equipped with the expertise and tools to ensure a seamless installation process. Simply schedule online or give us a call, and our service professionals will guide you through the process, recommending the best garbage disposal system for your needs.


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