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Ge gfc325f disposal jammed

Jammed, tried broom stick, reset red button and reset the fuse many times - no go. this model seems to lack a hole for the offset wrench!!! what do I do???

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My garbage disposer stopped working - I can hear the engine hum when I flip the switch, but no part seems to be moving. Wondering if this can be fixed or if it's dead and needs to be replaced. Thx!!

Sometimes the disposal rotor is jammed by a piece of chicken bone for example. You can use the supplied hex key to stick into a hole at the bottom and jiggle the rotor free.

Oct 08, 2017 | Garbage Disposals


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.

on Feb 06, 2010 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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In sink erator model I-81 not working.

Stick the end of a broom stick down in and try to un-jam the blades by spinning them. sounds like there is something stuck in there.

Jan 05, 2012 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The problem is not that you tripped the circuit breaker. Problem is that your disposer is jammed.
Over time, food particles may accumulate in the grind chamber and baffle. Here's what to do:
1. Place stopper in sink opening and fill sink halfway with warm water.
2. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water. Turn disposer on and remove stopper from sink at same time to wash away loose particles.
If that doesn't help, you have to release the disposer jam.
1. Turn off disposer and water.
2. insert one end of self-service wrenchette into center hole on bottom of disposer. (It's a funny looking slightly "S" curved tool.)
3. Reach into disposer with tongs and remove object(s). Allow disposer motor to cool for 3 - 5 minutes, then lightly push red reset button on disposer bottom. (It maybe indented so almost unoticeable.) If motor remains inoperative, check service panel for tripped circuit breaker or blown fuses.

Oct 28, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Stuck flywheel, disposal will not run, humminf noise Model: GFC525F GE

something is stuck in it, the humming is letting you know that its stuck. assuming you dont have a disposal turning wrench try this. unplug the unit under the sink. using an old wooden broom handle,, place it inside the disposal , and try and turn the unit. once you free it up, use a flashlight to look inside and remove whatever is jamming it up. once this is done, plug it back in and try it again. if the humming has stopped and it doesn't turn on. at the bottom of the unit is a reset switch. push it in, and try it again ( turn off the power as you rest it)

Apr 21, 2011 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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My garbage disposal jammed, (Badger. 5) I noticed this when I turned on the until and just heard a hum but nothing spinning. I shut off the unit and got out my allen wrench and inserted in the bottom and...

Just put a wooden broom stick into garbage disposal.
Wedge the broomstick against the cutter disk.
And push or pull broom stick against sink opening so it frees the cutter disk.

Oct 31, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The reset button seems to be stuck on my badger 5 disposal. how do I fix it

Does your garbage disposal cutter wheel rotate freely
Get a wood stick or broom handle and put it inside garbage disposal
Use broom handle to rotate cutter wheel
If wheel is stuck, wedge broom handle against side of sink opening and use it to push the wheel free
Once wheel is free, try reset again

If wheel rotates freely, try resetting with power off
Turn off circuit breaker to make sure power is really off and switch isn't bad
Try reset again.

If reset will not click in with power off, then there is a short inside disposal, and disposal is bad

One last thing ... the reset may be bad.
You might open wiring cover and see if reset wires are visible and see if you can by-pass reset wires .... but if there is a short, then bypassing reset could be a serious fire or electrocution hazard.

Replacing unit
Insinkerator-brand disposals used to snap into the same sink strainer so all you had to do was disconnect old one and reconnect new one without removing sink strainer. Then buy a can of 'rectoseal' from the plumbing department. Clean off tubular drain pipes and washers. Re-assemble tubular pipe joints and brush gooey rectoseal on the washers when re-assembling so there is no leak.

The badger might have same easy replacement

Oct 17, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water drains fine the unit runs but does not get rid of food

Be aware that your selected object you have a problem with is a hot water faucet made by insinkerator, not a disposer. I'm not sure what your problem is, but let's try to address the most common problems.
The disposer must be turned on and run to get rid of food. Does the motor come on when you turn it on? If it doesn't, does the disposer make a humming sound when you turn it on like it's jammed? If it makes no humming sound when you turn it on, first press the reset button on the bottom firmly. If the disposer then makes a humming sound, it's jammed. Read below. If the disposer still doesn't act like it has power when you turn it on, check the circuit breaker or fuse and try the reset button again. If none of this so far works and you still don't even hear it making the motor-stalled-buzzing-sound (open the cabinet door) then you should still check the disposer to see if it's jammed.
First, make sure you TURN OFF THE POWER to the disposer with the circuit breaker or fuse box. Now you need to check if the shaft rotates freely. On most disposers, there's a hole in the center of the bottom of the unit. You can insert a special disposer wrench or allen wrench into this hole and turn the shaft of the motor. It should rotate freely. You'll probably find the disposer wrench taped under the sink, or you can pick one up at a hardware store. If the disposer doesn't have this hole on the bottom, you need to go from the top. Remove the splash guard (black flappy thing) if it is removable on your model. Look inside with a flashlight for anything foreign that may be causing a jam like bottle caps. Place a broom handle against one of the lugs mounted on the wheel, and see if the wheel turns freely. If it doesn't, try to work it back and forth until it does. Then use tongs to remove the foreign object. After you clear a jam, it may be necessary to push the reset button again. If the motor became overheated it may take it as much as like 20 minutes for the motor to cool enough to allow you to reset.
Be aware that food usually needs to be pushed into the disposer manually, with a full flow of cold water.

Dec 09, 2009 | Dynamic In Sink Erator 41746 HOT-1...

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My badger 1 1/3 hp garbage disposal is stuck how do I fix it and do I have to detach it from sink before I can fix it?

Turn off the power to the unit. You can try to free the jam without removing the unit from the sink. Check to see if there is a hex-shaped hole underneath the center of the unit. Use a hex wrench (usually one is provided with the unit) to turn it and free the jam. If there is no such hole insert a short section of broom stick into the opening and try to loosen the jam by pressing the stick against the cutters at the bottom and turning both ways. Be careful not to twist the unit out of its mounting.

Nov 30, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Kenmore garbage disposal

Most Kenmore garbage disposals are made by In sink erator. There should be a hex wrench hanging under the sink. This fits into the hole in the bottom. this allows you to turn it by hand to free the jam. Go to Home Depot or something like it and buy one. If this is another brand take a broom stick and stick it in and try to turn the grinder plate. When you get it to turn freely. reach in and see if you can feel anything. Remove if present. Once the grinder plat turns freely it should start. (Use reset button if needed)

Jul 01, 2008 | Dishwashers

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