FAQs

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How does a Garburator work?

Food waste is fed into the Garburator together with cold water from the tap. The food waste is simply and quickly ground into fine particles with no knives and no blades. The food waste is then flushed through the waste disposer and into your normal waste system. The InSinkErator garbage disposal is designed to cope with most types of food waste, including small bones, meat, fish, peelings, eggshells, nuts and much, much more.

How long does it take to grind food waste?

Only a few seconds, although it depends on the quantity and type of waste. The sound of the garbage disposal will change, when there is no longer any food waste in the grind chamber and the impellers spin freely. After all food waste is ground, turn off the Garberator® and let the water run for about 15 seconds to flush the waste out of the grind chamber and out to the water drainage/sewer pipes. Only a small amount of water, time and effort is required.

Is a Garburator safe?

Absolutely!  They do not have knives or blades inside, never have!  Instead they use centrifugal force to push and grind the food waste against a stationary grind ring similar to a cheese grater.  All InSinkErator Food Waste Disposers are built to rigorous safety standards and are UL listed.

What will an Evolution Series Garburator grind?

Most forms of food waste can be put through an Evolution Garburator — bones from fish and poultry, meat, large meat bones, peels, vegetables, fruit, egg shells, and much much more. Please note: Garburators are designed for food waste only and no other materials should be put into a unit.  As with any drain, fats, oils and grease should be avoided.

How do you operate a Garburatorl?

There are 4 easy steps to operate a Garburator:

  1. Collect all food waste in the sink during food preparation and when scraping your dishes. 
  2. Turn on the cold water, then the Garburator.
  3. Feed the food waste slowly into the Garburator. Listen for it to finish its work. 
  4. After grinding is complete, turn off the Garburator and let the water run for a few seconds to flush the drain. 

*Never pour grease, oil or fat into the Garburator® or any drain.

What are the differences between standard and premium Garbage Disposals?

  • Standard garbage disposals operate with some noise
  • Evolution Series models are much quieter. In some cases, all you hear is the sound of water running.
  • Advanced sound deadening features are included, similar to quiet dishwashers
  • Standard garburators offer one grind stage, evolution offers 2 or 3 depending on model

What’s the difference between batch feed and continuous feed Garburators?

  • Continuous feed models turn on with the flick of a switch or push of a button, and run until you turn the disposer off. 
  • Batch-feed models operate only when the disposer's cover is in place over the sink opening. Turning the cover turns the garburator on and off.

Do InSinkErator Food Waste Dispsers require any maintenance?

No. InSinkErator Disposers are designed to be maintenance-free. Regular usage is the best way to keep your disposer in good condition. A moderate stream of cold water following each use will keep your Garburator in good condition.  You can keep the unit fresh and clean by occasionally putting down ice cubes and lemon wedges, or use a specially designed disposer cleaning pod.

What kind of water supply does a instant hot water dispenser need?

InSinkErator instant hot water dispensers connect to the main cold water line. You can carry out the work yourself, or use a plumber if you prefer. See installation guide. 

Do I need a brand new sink if I buy a instant hot water dispenser?

No. Your instant hot water dispenser can be installed into your existing sink.

How often will I need to change the filter?

Depending on local water and to ensure filtration performance, InSinkErator reccommends changing filters every 6 months.

What size is the hot water tank and where is it located?

All InSinkErator instant hot water dispensers use the space saving 2.5 litre tank which sits neatly under most sinks.

Is regular maintenance required?

No, servicing is nor required or necessary.