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IN SINK Erator/ Badger Not Grinding waste

How do I fix my garbage disbosale It is not grinding up sink waste. At this point I have emptied if of an debris. Can you help?

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I have one that is about 2 years old, but not exactly sure since I can't find the receipt - so I'm not sure if I'm covered under warranty or not.

    I have the same problem in that the unit is not grinding wastes. It has power, because I can hear the motor humming - I pushed the reset button anyway, but it doesn't do anything. So the motor is humming, but the blades are not turning under power, yet they turn freely when turned by hand or using the emergency wrench (yes, with the power turned off :-).

    I checked their website, and it gives no help whatsoever, other than to call their service center - which I 'm sure that despite whatever they have written there, will end up costing me $.

    If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along. Thanks.

  • rncmuss Dec 28, 2008

    Hums - doesn't grind. Broom did not work and can't find the restart button.

  • rncmuss Dec 28, 2008

    same prob

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Had the same problem......a guy came in with some kind of "key wrench" and fixed it within seconds.


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If the InsinkErator is least than 2 years old, you should call the service.
there is 2 year In-Home Parts and Labor Warranty by InSinkErator.
if not you have to disaemble the unit and see what is keeping the blade from turning.

let me know if that is what you need.

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