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Tips To Buying A New Garbage Disposal When Updating Your Kitchen's Plumbing

Buying a New Garbage Disposal

If you are planning to remodel or upgrade your kitchen plumbing, you may be thinking about installing a new garbage disposal. With so many disposal models available, it can be difficult to know what to choose. Castle Rock CO experts have the answers.

When upgrading your kitchen plumbing, there are many exciting things to consider. On the other hand, there are many stressful decisions that need to be made. One aspect of upgrading your kitchen plumbing that may fall below the radar is the garbage disposal.

A garbage disposal can have many benefits, but finding the right one for your kitchen can take some thought. Many homeowners do not consider the many aspects that can make a difference. Things like noise level, motor size, and warranties are often overlooked. Below, a guide has been prepared to help the homeowner make an informed decision regarding the best garbage disposal for their home.

Consider the Noise Level

The noise level in the kitchen can reach epic levels when the atmosphere is right. Nothing brings down a festive conversation than the sound of a grating garbage disposal. When remodeling a home’s kitchen plumbing, homeowners should consider the amount of noise their new disposal is going to make.

Interestingly enough, the bigger and better the garbage disposal is, the more likely it is to have reduced noise. This is due to the amount of sound insulation that is put in place by the manufacturer.

noise level

For example, a garbage disposal that can grind bones will be loud, but as they are higher powered and bigger, they are insulated better. Consider the decibel rating when purchasing a new garbage disposal.

Common household disposals have a dB rating of 80. The lower the dB rating the quieter the garbage disposal will be. For the optimal level of noise, you should aim for a decibel rating of anywhere between 25 and 45 dB.

Consider The Motor Size

Generally, homeowners do not realize there is an option when it comes to the motor size of their garbage disposal. Garbage disposal motors are measured in horsepower. You can choose from a ⅓, ½, ¾, and 1 horsepower machines.

When it comes to deciding on the right horsepower, you can choose depending on the size of your home. That being said, there are many pros to choosing the larger motors that the smaller models do not have. Here are some pros you can consider for garbage disposals with ¾ and 1 horsepower:

  • motor sizeMore sound protection.
  • Fewer obstructions and jams.
  • Can handle more solid food and waste.
  • Stainless steel grinders.
  • Longer lifespan.
  • Better for larger families.
  • Less chance of a clogged sewer line.
  • Less clean up time.

Consider Warranties

When purchasing a large appliance, warranties should be a factor in the decision-making process. A good warranty can potentially save the homeowner a considerable amount of money down the line.

Generally, you have two options when it comes to warranties; either factory or aftermarket. A factory warranty can range anywhere from 5 to 20 years, and can also cover issues like a mechanical failure.

garbage disposal warranties

Aftermarket coverage can vary depending on the retailer, but 5-year guarantees and replacement coverage are often options that are available. Experts recommend that homeowners think wisely about warranties before they make a purchase.

You want to be covered, but do not want to exceed the life of your unit. The average garbage disposal will last for 15 years. Additional coverage that covers you for 20 years may not be cost-effective in the long run.

Blue River Plumbing & Heating

Blue River Plumbing & Heating is a leading expert in kitchen plumbing and remodeling. They have served the Castle Rock CO community with respect and trust. Each customer is given a unique solution to their plumbing issues 24/7.