How Long Do Garbage Disposals Last?

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Life Expectancy of your Garbage Disposal

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, garbage disposals can last up to 12 years. That’s a very long time for a relatively inexpensive appliance. But the life expectancy of a garbage disposal depends on other factors, too, including the type of garbage disposal you have and how you maintain it.

Not taking good care of your garbage disposal will make it wear down faster. It gets a lot of use, so it’s important to clean it regularly, use adequate amounts of water while disposing of food waste, and avoid putting things into it that are meant for the trash or compost bin. Check out our tips for maintaining your garbage disposal to help keep yours running for as long as possible.

Not sure what should and shouldn’t go in the garbage disposal? We’ve compiled a convenient do’s and don’ts list. You should also take a look at your owner’s manual for guidelines. You can find information about how long your garbage disposal should last in the warranty section. How long your warranty lasts is a good indication of the life expectancy of your disposal.

If you’re in the market for a new disposal, our Twin Cities plumbers are available for garbage disposal installation and can help you choose the right system. We have expert knowledge about which models offer the best features, including anti-jamming technology, plastic or metal types, connectors to the dishwasher, system quietness, and more. Contact us or schedule service today!

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