Whether you’re replacing your old disposal or buying your first one, there is a lot more to it than just buying and installation. There are different sizes and other plumbing issues to consider. If at any point you feel overwhelmed or do not have a moderate level of plumbing skills, you should call a professional plumber to make sure the job is done right. First, before we even move on, rule No. 1 is do not EVER stick your hand down a disposal when the power supply is still plugged into the wall. Now that we’ve laid that ground rule, let’s talk garbage disposals. Horsepower All garbage disposals are not created equal. You can judge a disposal’s strength by its horsepower. Your most basic disposal will have just 1/3 horsepower. While that may be OK for a single person, these models can only handle small amounts of food at a time and are therefore more likely to lock up. If you regularly prepare large amounts of food, it’s best to consider a disposal with over 1/2 horsepower, and preferably in the 3/4 to 1 horsepower range. A more powerful motor will also reduce noise. Some of the heavier-duty disposals will also weigh more, so it’s important to consider how much your sink can take. We can assist you if you are not sure. Noise Reduction As we noted with horsepower, many of the more powerful disposals will run quieter in general, but some disposals have additional features that allow them to run quieter, such as insulated walls, better mounts, etc… Dishwasher connector This runs a line from your dishwasher to your disposal, allowing food overflow from your dishwasher to be ground up during your disposals next use. If you don’t like to pre-rinse your dishes before the dishwasher, this is a good option for you. Auto Reverse Your disposal’s motor will automatically reverse the direction the blades spin each time, helping prevent food from building up and locking the blades. Anti-Jam This could mean a number of things, but the disposal has some way to help cut down on jams, whether it’s a reset button, hex-key to turn the blades or automated function. Of course, the best anti-jam feature is you. For a refresher on what NOT to put down your disposal, read our tips. Installing a disposal can be tricky, and if not installed properly you can have a mess on your hands and an expensive repair bill. Don’t hesitate to call usfor a free quote on installation. Remember, we’re at your disposal 24/7.