How to Remove a Whirlaway Garbage Disposal

Every now and then a garbage disposal will need to be replaced. It doesn't happen very often, but occasionally a solid object will get wedged inside the disposal's mechanisms and cause it to break. There are a few key factors in choosing the right garbage disposal replacement. Stainless steel parts mean no corrosion, and the disposal should have no less than a 1/2 horsepower motor. Whirlaway garbage disposals are one of the more popular brands. They come with stainless steel parts and have finely tuned motors. If you have a broken Whirlaway garbage disposal, read the following steps on how to remove it in order to install a replacement.


Step 1

Twist off the lock-nut on the top of the disposal and the bottom of the drain pipe.

Step 2

Wiggle the drain pipe so it loosens from inside the garbage disposal.

Step 3

Insert a screwdriver into one of the metal flanges on the top of the disposal. Slowly unscrew the top clockwise. Because it is only a rubber gasket, be careful not to tear it by unscrewing it too fast. Once it is loosened, finish untightening the unit with your hand.

Step 4

Pop off the Whirlaway garbage disposal from underneath the sink.

Step 5

Disconnect the dishwasher drain line at the garbage disposal. If there isn't a dishwasher, then no line needs to disconnected.

Step 6

Unbolt the electrical outlet from the bottom of the Whirlaway garbage disposal. Use a wrench to unscrew the nut.

Lacy Enderson

Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."