Food disposers have become a homeowner’s best friend in the kitchen as it has made their job much less demanding. It is fitted under your sink. As you throw your food waste into it, they are crushed into liquid form which is drained through your pipes without clogging. Now how to buy a quality disposer? Well, here are the tips-
• Always look for a disposer that has a powerful motor. The motor should be of 1/2 or 3/4 horsepower (hp). A 1.0 hp motor is even better. It is a powerful motor that will run the impeller to crush hard and tough food particles such as shards of bones. A powerful motor will be able to liquefy celery, corn cobs, chicken bones, coffee grounds, and much more. A powerful motor makes the unit more durable.
• The components inside the unit should be made of stainless steel to prevent corrosion of the parts. Non-stainless steel grinding components wear out pretty soon. Stainless steel impellers play an important role in the pulverization operation. The will grind the particles very finely and prevent jamming problems as well clogging of the sewer pipe.
• Garbage disposers are of two types – batch-feed and continuous-feed. The continuous feed is plugged on to an electric outlet. The moment you switch it on it keeps running until it is switched off. You can continuously pour food waste into it as it runs. But the batch-feed models are slightly different. In this case you have to fill the unit with food waste. Then you have to press the stopper on the drain. The moment you press the stopper, the unit starts running. The latter is little less convenient but is easy to install. They are safer than the former as there is shield of a stopper between the disposer and your finger. The former can get your fingers injured if you bring them too close to it. However batch-feed models are a bit more expensive then continuous feed ones. Houses that produce lots of food waste are more suited for continuous-feed food disposer.
• The garbage disposers are interlocked at the bottom of a sink’s standard drain outlet. Choose models that come with certain components to allow an easy installation. Beside this you can also buy independent adapters and connection kits. The device has to be hardwired or plugged into an electric socket of 120V. You will need a 3- to 6-foot power cord that generally does not come with the unit.
• Continuous-feed disposals also have switches, which may be either electrical, wall-mounted type or counter top air-pressure switches. The latter is better than the former. Electrical switches are placed usually in an area where back splash from the sink is quite common. This can cause risks of short circuits. Air pressure switches are safer as they isolate the electrical system away from the sink area. Batch-feed disposers don’t need switches as they are hardwired and start the moment you put the stopper. Know the standard distance between the unit and the switches in your area to avoid safety hazards.
• Garbage disposers should be quite. Otherwise they cause a very irritating sound. More so, if you have a stainless steel sink that vibrates the disposer unit runs. Even the best unit will not be whisper-quiet. However to keep sound at the minimum chose a unit that has an insulated, nylon grinding chamber.
• The crushed food waste that is disposed through the drains reaches the septic tank. All kinds of food waste cannot be decomposed by the bacteria in your septic tank. Modern disposer models feature a new injection technology that injects citrus-scented natural microorganisms into the grind chamber every time the disposer is activated. This helps in decomposition of food waste.
• Disposers also tend to get jammed due to food particles stuck inside. Choose a model that is integrated with anti-jamming mechanism.
• Buy a unit with good warranty that will speak a volume about its quality, Warranties may range from one year to the lifetime of the purchaser.