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Garbage Disposable won't work.

My garbage disposable look like is stuck and the motor don't work, i grab a wrench and turn the bottom screw left, right but the disposable wont work.

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If the cutter plate will turn freely, look for a reset botton. Some units have them and depending on how it was installed, it will be around the back. It should be a push button, about 3/8" diameter. It takes a good hard push to reset it.

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Jammed, what kind of allen tool should I use?


Just use broomstick. Otherwise allan wrench I think 1/4" size fit into slot on bottom. Buy several sizes and check which works.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html#stuck
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Jul 20, 2013 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Disposal hums, but doesn't work. blades turn freely, as well asthe motor with a wrench- with no pressure?


Copy following link for disposal troubleshoot, and replacement tips:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

Sounds like disposal motor has overheated and shorted.
Fortunately today's disposals are fully contained, and did not cause fire.
Replace disposal.

Mar 16, 2013 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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There is anail stuck inthe garbage disposal we can see it but it is stuck or bent in the side where the wholes are we cant seemto be able to move it it must be bent or stuck how do we get at it?


Turn power off.
Buy new disposal to have on-hand in event that nail cannot be removed.
Loosen 2 nuts on p-trap to disconnect disposal from tubular drain.
Remove disposal from sink attachment.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

Once disposal is removed, there will be easier access to nail.
Use channel locks, vice grips, or any gripping tool to twist or bend nail.
Try to rotate cutter disk with allen wrench on bottom, or wood stick from above.
Use tips on link above to reattach / or replace disposal

Nov 21, 2012 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Garbage disposal


My checklist for garbage disposals:
(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.

This How-To seems like a nice one:
http://homerepair.about.com/od/plumbingrepair/ss/fix_disposal.htm

Nov 26, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Garbage Disposal Ace 2000 model 47982.... The water won't drain out of it and the sink is backed up and hasn't gone down for a whole day now. It seems like the blades are turning. I've been...


Hi David,

Are the blades actually turning or is just the motor running?
First, turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker. Do not put your hand in until you do this.

If you hear the motor running, but not the blades, then the blades are jammed. On most disposers you can put an allen wrench in an opening under the unit and move the blades. If the blades move freely, then your drain line is probably plugged.
If the motor runs, but the blades don't and they will move freely by hand, then the disposal needs repair.
If the blades are jammed with food, you can clear the jam with your hand and the allen wrench trick from underneath.
Once the disposer is freed up, run cold water down the drain for a few minutes to harden any grease build up inside. Then running the disposer should get rid of the hardened grease.
By the way, most disposers have a reset button on the bottom of the motor should your disposer jam and turn off or trip your breaker.

Orange peels, etc. will not harm your disposer. A good way to keep it clear is to put egg shells down it periodically. The shell action will scrape junk off the inside of the disposer.

You can also keep the disposer clean of grease buildup by pouring some baking soda in the disposer followed by a mix of hot water and vinegar.

Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,

Handie Andie

May 06, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Motor seized


If cutter blade is not rotating freely, then use allen wrench in slot on bottom of disposal or use wood boom-stick handle in sink upening to wedge cutter blade loose.
If blade rotates freely and motor stopped working, then disposal is broken.
I wrote ez disposal replacement tips from years when I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Apr 20, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Garbage disposal humming won't turn


Look on the bottom of the unit there will be a hex set screw 1/4 inch they should have given you this wrench with the disposal . With the water running turn this set screw it will unjam it and fix the problem

Feb 09, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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1/2 horsepower unit......it hums when turned on but does not turn. I have also been able to turn manually with the wrench.


Hi, The motor has gone bad...
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.

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Oct 07, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Used reset button, the motor runs but the blades are not turning?


sound's like you have a problem with your drain pipe's. it is not normal for water to come back up.check the allen key bolt, located on the bottom of unit .insert allen wrench /key,and turn in a clock wise&counter clockwise motion to see if disposal is jammed.you also might consider some drain opener before it get's worse

Apr 19, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Badger 1 1/3 HP Garbage disposal is stuck. I have hit the reset button took out what was jamming it and it still hums but won't turn. Please help!


Can you turn the motor by hand? (with the wrench in the bottom of the disposal) If not then you either still have a restriction/jam or the motor is seized. If you can spin the motor somewhat freely with the wrench then you most likely have a bad motor and will have to replace it. Hope this helps

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