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Where is the hex wrench spot on the badger 5 model 5-81 i cant seem to locate where it is

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If unit has slot, then it's located on very bottom in center.
Or use a broom.

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SOURCE: Badger 1/3hp g disposal humms but does not grind

I just logged on to find an answer to the same problem as anna568. Help!....pushed reset and Badger hums

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SOURCE: I have a badger 5, model 5-81 and it does not

be sure you have 110v if its a 110volt unit sometimes when dropped they tend to lock up run some water and see what happens no results return product

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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.

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SOURCE: Insinkerator Badger 5 - Does not turn, just hums.

If it turns freely with the hex key, but won't start,without help, you probably have start winding switch problems. As these are not very expensive, I would buy a new disposal. You can purchase a 3/4Hp for near 100.00 , so it isn't worth spending a lot of time on an old one, especially if it is older and corroded.

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SOURCE: badger 5 spins freely with wrench, but not with

Hello,If pressing the reset button on the bottom doesn't get you going, you may have to replace the unit. If the hammers on the inside can be operated with the hex wrench, and you have a good power supply (you do, don't you?), then the unit is most likely burned out.


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The blades on my Badger 1 insinkerator don't move. The motor hums when turned on. The reset button stays out when pushed.

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My Badger 5 garbage disposal will not work. It makes a humming noise but will not spin. I hit the reset button, used the hex wrench provided and turned it clockwise, used a broom handle through the top and...

I had this same problem after my wife tried to clean out a fish bowl (she said she skimed out all of the little pebbles). She still missed a lot of them and many ended up in the disposal. Anyways it made the same humming sound when turning it on. This humming noise means something is jamming it from spinning. The hum is just the sound of the motor trying to spin (DO NOT LEAVE IT HUMMING FOR A LONG TIME)

-If you have a lot of whatever's causing the jam still in there, I suggest you take out the disposal and flush as much as possible out with water (I had to do this to get majority of the rock pebbles out) while holding it upside down.

-Now you need a decent tool set, get a 3/8" ratchet, 7/16" deep socket, and a 3" extension.

-It's easiest if you put the disposal back in the sink to do this step as it may take some muscle and the sink will hold it in place.

-If you look down into the disposal from the top of the sink you should see a nut in the middle of the disposal (and the 2 silver spinning teeth on the sides).

-The nut in the middle is what you need to get the ratchet on.

-Now just muscle the ratchet clockwise for awhile then counter-clockwise for awhile and repeat if necessary until the rotor spins completely freely. When there is completely no reistance when turning it you are done.

-Pull the ratchet out and try turning on the disposal. If you did the above step correctly then if should turn on like normal.

Congratulations you just saved yourself from calling a plumber!!

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