Removing Garbage Disposal from Kitchen Sink

Remove Garbage Disposal from Kitchen Sink

It is a common thing to find a garbage disposal in every modern household kitchen sink. It is a device installed in between the drain and the kitchen sink and the trap to enable it to shred all the unwanted food waste so that they can be easily disposed off to your main drain. The garbage disposal normally runs on electricity and overtime its metal parts may get rusty and worn out. If the food waste is not discharged properly it will result in a clogged kitchen sink and you will also have a serious problem in your sewer system. With a little bit knowledge of plumbing and electrical skills, you would be able to remove your garbage disposal from the kitchen sink.

What you need:

  1. Flat head screwdriver
  2. Bucket or stool
  3. Board
  4. Wrench
  5. Hammer
  6. At least 30 to 60 minutes of your time


  1. Firstly, you need to ensure that the electric supply is turned off and unplugged its plug from the outlet.
  2. Then, you need to disconnect all hoses, pipes and drain pipe which are connected to your disposal system. Sometimes, the drain pipe can only be disconnected after the disposal has been removed.
  3. Make sure you place a bucket or stool beneath the garbage disposal before placing a board on top of the stool in order to provide support for your disposal system when you remove it.
  4. Next, you have to remove and loosen the metal ring that holds the garbage disposal to the sink support by turning it clockwise. When the disposal and the support unit starts to turn together, you need to tighten the screws that holds the support unit to the sink and once the metal ring is loosened, you would be able to lower the garbage disposal onto the board.
  5. Remove the splash guard and metal support ring at the top of the disposal. The wrench or screwdriver can be used in order to remove any screws that hold the drain pipe to your disposal system and also loosen the screw to the access panel on the bottom of the disposal. Then, you have to remove the panel to expose its wiring connectivity for its power cord. Once the wire nuts are removed, you would be able to disconnect the power cord and it can be reused on other garbage disposal that you want to use.
  6. Finally, you can loosen the screws that hold the support collar located at the sink drain area. The support needed to push upward in order for you to expose the wire snap ring that you will find on the strainer basket. Use a screwdriver to remove the snap ring by pushing it down and once it pops off, you would be able to remove the metal support system from the sink.

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Additional Reading:

The Way Kitchens Work: The Science Behind the Microwave, Teflon Pan, Garbage Disposal, and More