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I pushed the reset button switch in the garbage disposal, how i can i get it out?

I tried to move the disposal from bottom with Allen Wrench, took out all the debry. it makes to noise, blades are moving free, still doesn't work. also i acciendly pressed the reset button little too hard and it went inside, now how do get it out. Please help. thanks.

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Ravinder, the reset button is either broken or possibly the nut that holds it in place has fallen off. If that is the case AND you can find the nut, you might be able to pull the switch back through the hole with a pair of tweezers, then put the nut back on. (It is a pretty small nut.) Be sure to disconnect the power before you do this. However, if the reset switch is broken, you will have to disassemble the unit to fix it. And you might have a burnt-out motor anyway.

Good luck.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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SOURCE: Garbage disposal won't work!

Check to see if the cutting plate is free and will turn-be careful and be sure no one can turn the unit on while you are trying to turn the cutting plate-it is located in the drain hole that the food goes down. If it is locked up, hardware stores sell a special tool to break it loose. It should not be too expensive. If the blade is free, the motor is probably burned out.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: My garbage disposal is not working. Making humming

It is most likely plugged up there is a clap with a butterfly bolt that you turn counter clockwise remove the clamp and have a trash can under it and wiggle it to remove the lower half of the disposal, when it comes off dump it out and clean with fresh water. Then with hands free of the pump turn the disposal back on, it if still hums the motor is bad and you will have to replace..

Posted on Sep 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Humming noise when turn on, but blade/motor not

its stuck, is it still under warranty. either the motor is bad or something is jammed in there. you need to turn the blades by hand or allen , if nothing, then the motor is somehow bad, need to replace.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

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SOURCE: InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It hums but doesn't work. The wrench moves freely ...

If the blades move freely with the wrench and stick and motor hums then it sounds like it is time to replace the unit. Have you tried the reset switch? If it is humming than it is probably not tripped but worth a try. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 25, 2010

SOURCE: Garbage dispoal not working.

You need a new disposal.
Free-rotating blades show there is no obstruction.
Humming says you have power.
Frozen allen wrench says bearings are rusted.
Motor is now overheating each timer electricity is turned on, and motor will overheat and stop humming.
At least the drain is clean and water is not flooding under the sink, which means you can continue using sink until disposal is replaced.

I wrote tips for installing disposal from days when I worked apartment maintenance:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Posted on Feb 02, 2011

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It should have come with a Allen wrench. Be sure it is off. Insert it in the bottom into the center hole. Move it back and forth several times until it frees up. Remove wrench and try, you may have to do this several times. Also be sure the unit is reset before turning on. If it does nothing nor makes nay noise it is probably tripped.

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(1) most disposals have a little red RESET switch on the bottom. Once the impeller will turn manually, press the reset button, and you may get back full operation.


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(2) 120 Volt wall switch may have burned out. They're only rated for 100,000 operations before they burn out.
(3) If the impeller is difficult to turn, you may try to use an "flywheel wrench", which is just an offset Allen wrench that fits into the bottom of the motor, and can be used to turn the flywheel manually, freeing the impeller and allowing the reset to work.
(4) The circuit breaker in the breaker panel in the basement may have tripped, cutting power to the switch controlling the garbage disposal. If tripped, turn off the switch to the disposal and reset the breaker.
(5) Disposal motor may have died.

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If your disposal is humming but not grinding then shut unit off and use a 1/4 allen wrench in the opening on the bottom of disposal in the center and turn it back and forth with the wrench till you get it freed up. There should be a offset wrench that came with the disposal for this purpose but if you don't have it a regular allen wrench will work. Try running hot water thru disposal while you are turning with allen wrench to help loosen up grease. After you get it turning freely remove allen wrench and turn disposal on . Hopefully this will take care of it but if not repeat until it frees up.
If your unit stops look on the bottom of the disposal for a small red button. This is a reset button. Push it and see if it will run. Hope this helps you. Thanks and have a good year.

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Look on the bottom of garbage dosposal in the center you will see a allen type fiitting. I believe it takes a 5/16 inch allen wrench to fit it.Insert proper size allen wrench and turn it manually back and forth. It sounds to me like you have something in there that that is not allowing it to turn. By using the allen wrench to turn impeller you should be ably to free it up.Sometimes it helps to run very hot water thru it as you are trying to frree it up. If you can get it turning freely with wrench remove wrench and turn disposal on. If it still is not free try above procedure again. If it trys to start and stops buzzimg look closely at bottom of disposal there will be a small red button. This is a reset switch. Push it in and continue trying to free blockage. Hope this helps you. Thanks

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When I turn on the garbage disposal unit it hums. I tried the Allen Key and hit the reset switch. It still does not work


I also am having the same problem. Tried the reset button as well as the jambuster. The allen wrench swivels with ease from the nudge of a finger. The motor turns on, but the disposal will not spin. Do I have to take it the garbage disposal apart?

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Something probably jammed the disposer and tripped the overload. Look on the bottom of the disposer for a red reset button and push it in. Try to run the disposer. If it trips again, there is probably something jamming it.
Make sure the switch is OFF, then try to find the allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it in the hex hole in the bottom center of the disposer and turn it back and forth until it breaks free what ever was jamming it.
If you can't find the allen wrench that came with the unit, if I remember correctly, it's a 1/4" allen wrench, available at most any place that sells tools.
If you still have no power, go the your main circuit breaker panel and look for a breaker that has tripped. Turn it OFF then back ON.

It's possible the switch is bad but not likely. It's possible the motor is bad, but again, not as likely as just being jammed or just needs reset.

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should be one on bottom of unit in the center of bottom is a hole for an allen wrench. you may have something lodged in disposal, with an allen wrench in hole work the disposal back and forth to dislodge

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