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Repairing Your Garbage Disposal


Many times Garbage Disposals can be easily repaired.  Follow the steps below and you may be able to repair it yourself?

 

Does your garbage disposal make a noise?

If your garbage disposal does not make a humming noise, it may be a power issue.

1. Flip the circuit breaker or change the fuse....

2. Press the overload button located on the bottom of the disposal.

Note: In some older models this is labeled as Reset Button.

3. Turn on the water, then the disposal...

4. The disposal should now run!

If this fails you will need to contact your plumbing professionals at A-fordable Plumbing.  If your disposal now makes a humming sound but won't grind, proceed to the next steps.

 

Does your garbage disposal make a humming noise but will not grind?

1. Locate the service wrench....

Most garbage disposals are shipped with a wrench.  The wrench is shaped like a little crank.  If you can't find the service wrench, you can try a standard Allen wrench.  If you have an Insinkerator disposal you can order the wrench on line from Insinkerator.

2. Unplug the disposal...

If the sink if full of water, wait for it to drain or bail the water using a bucket or pot.

3. Find the hole in the bottom of the disposal under the sink and insert the wrench...

Use the wrench like a crank. Work the wrench back and forth in both directions. If the wrench will not turn easily, it's OK to use a small amount of force.  Continue working with the wrench until it turns freely.  With the disposal still unplugged, look inside the disposal grinding chamber using a flashlight. Please, don't put your hands in the disposal!  Instead, use a pair of plyers or tongs to remove any debris.

4. Plug the disposal back in and check the Overload button...

The Overload button is located under the sink, usually on the bottom of the disposal. (In Insinkerator brands, it is a small square red button).

5. Turn on the water, then the disposal...

6. The disposal should now run!

If if jams again, you may need to repeat the process or contact your plumbing professionals at A-fordable Plumbing & Mechanical.