The cost of a garbage disposal repair is based on severity of damage, products/tools used, age of the home and plumber rates. HomeAdvisor averages the cost of garbage disposal repairs at $250 dollars. However, the price of garbage disposal repairs can greatly fluctuate.
Take for example the repair of a leaking garbage disposal. A leak can be caused by a broken seal or erosion damage from water constantly flowing through the unit. Depending on which component of the unit is leaking, prices will vary. A seal replacement can cost around $100-$150 dollars. On the other hand, if damage is done to a main chamber, leaking repairs can reach up to $700 dollars. The varying prices tend to be the deciding factor when determining whether the garbage disposal should be fixed or replaced.
One of the main jobs performed by the garbage disposal is food grinding. There are occasions when food is not properly shredded, which results in gathering chunky food scraps near the blades, around the upper chamber, and drain. This accumulation of food will eventually lead to a clog soon enough.
Clogs more often than not will happen further down the garbage disposal into the draining pipes, it is recommended if the clog is too deep to contact a plumber to unclog the drain before it affects connecting pipes. Plumbing services are likely required in these circumstances because they carry industrial machines called drain cleaning drums. Proper drain cleaning drums have extensive cable reach equipped with a miniature camera that allows the worker to navigate through the pipes to locate the affected area. When the area is found, the rotating cable is pushed through until the pipe is unclogged. The price of unclogging with the use of a drain cleaning drum can range between $150-$200 dollars.
Similar to a clog, a garbage disposal can sometimes experience a jam caused by accumulated food scraps between the grinding plate.Some of those food items can be pushed down the grinding plate or cleared out with boiling water. Before contacting a handyman or plumber consider attempting the first two recommendations previously mentioned as the severity of the jam will influence the price. If the methods above have not yet resolved the jam consider disassembling it. Take apart the garbage disposal until the grind plate can be easily accessed. Then clean out the plate and surrounding areas before resembling it. This type of operation costs between $50-$100 plus depending if you replace a part.
A garbage disposal repair can be free if you decide to tackle it on your own or run up to $700 dollars. If you own a garbage disposal and its not functioning, try figuring out a cost effective solution before you replace it as it may only be slightly clogged. As always by hiring a repair service you as the owner must pay for parts, equipment and labor; which can add up to the price of a new disposal. Performing the math between repair or replacement, will overall offer the best and cheapest solution.