Hi. Brand new homeowner here, first house problem. Looked under my kitchen sink Sunday night and there was quite a bit of water and chunks of food (gross!). After further inspection, my husband noticed a hole in the plastic casing, about the size of a quarter on the back side of the disposal. Is there a quick fix? Can I just replace the casing or do we need a whole new system. It still works, just spits the food out of the hole. We suspect it happened when a spoon fell into the drain a day or so before we noticed the problem. We tried a quick fix using electrical tape to close the hole so we could at least run the dishwasher last night...but it still leaked a little. Any info is appreciated.
I'd say you'll have to replace it. If you do it yourself, here are a couple of suggestions: Get one the same size and shape as the original. That way you won't have to make any changes in the plumbing pipes that go to and from it. Make sure you have some plumber's putty for the sink ring. You can get a small container of it for under $2. Be sure to shut off the circuit breaker (and switch) before disconnecting the wires. New units come with instructions. It's not complicated. Good luck.
I had the same experience two years ago and managed to fill the hole with metal mender epoxy until I had time to deal with it.The original garbage disposal had an unusual mounting bracket so I changed to a universal bracket which means I won't need to take the sink apart the next time.By the way,the metal mender held up for three months but I think there was another hole ready to start on the opposite side.