Tip & How-To about Kitchen Appliances - Others

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed

If you are having problems with your garbage disposal, the chances are that it is either clogged or jammed. There are some things you can do to prevent these problems. Also you need to know what to do if this happens to you.



The first thing you need to be aware of the types of things that can cause your garbage disposal to jam.

1. Anything metal, like coins, can tabs, twisty ties
2. Plastic like bread bags, lunch baggies, etc…
3. Plastic bag ties
4. Large seeds, or pits, like peach seeds, cherries seeds. etc…
5. glass…say from a broken glass in the sink the gets it the disposal
6. Large amounts of food built up without running the disposal.

If the disposal jams you need to get it shut off quickly. If you do not get it shut off soon enough, it will “trip” the reset and you will have to manual push the reset button to get it to run again. The reset button is a red button usually near the bottom of the disposal motor. This button will pop out if it is tripped and you will have to push it back in to get the motor to work again.

A jam can be identified by a distinct “hum”. When this happens you will need to get the motor free before turning it back on again. Just turning it on and off without working the plate back and forth till it is free will only cause damage to your disposal. To get the plate free, some disposals have a place to insert a ¼” allen wrench that is usually provided with the disposal. The slot for the allen wrench is in the bottom of the disposal motor. By inserting this wrench and rocking the motor back and forth the plate can be worked free and the motor will turn freely again. However, before turning on the disposal again, make sure to find the cause of the jam and remove it or it will just jam again.

If your disposal does not have a slot for an allen wrench, you can use a piece of wood like a hammer handle or a broom stick to reach in a turn the plate from the top. This is much more difficult, but does work with some effort.

Once the disposal plate is free and rotating easily, run a full stream of water and turn on the disposal to clean it out.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4062792-best_way_use_garbage_disposal

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4062688-garbage_disposal_smells

Posted by on

Kitchen Appliances - Others Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Disposal won't run. Clogged


Hi,
Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going onwith your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed heatman101

Sep 25, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

1 Answer

Garbage disposal won't turn on. Appears to be clogged


Hi,


Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going on with your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed


heatman101


a

Sep 25, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

1 Answer

Is there any chance that knocking out the plug could jam the machine?


Hi, No, but you can get it out with a needle nose plier...
Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going onwith your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed heatman101

Aug 15, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

Not finding what you are looking for?

16,915 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kitchen Appliances - Others Experts

Angel Joseph Jr.
Angel Joseph Jr.

Level 2 Expert

683 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76649 Answers

Are you a Kitchen Appliances - Other Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...