There is nothing stuck in the disposal. I hit the reset button, but it still won't work. This has happened before and I know there is some trick to getting it going again, but I can't remember what it is. Can you help?
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Re: my Kitchenaid disposal won't work.
1. flip the power of and on at the breaker and press the reset switch on the disposal
2 quickly flip the power off and on at the disposal (when youdo this listen for a hmmmmmm
3 with the power off take a broom handle (any wooden handle I sometimes use a wooden spoon and turn the impeller down inside of the drain area of the disposal opening from the sink do thid until you feel the impeler rotating
you may want to use a flashlight when you put the handle in try to make the impeller move in a clockwise drection
4 turn the power on at the disposal switch and it should run
After you get this running put some icecubes in the disposal turn on water and turn on disposal
Let me also add that many people think that a disposal- is to get rid of left over food.. WRONG-- best to srape your plates in the trash - then was your stuff. I also would buy a sink screen . you would be surprised how much junk is going down your drian in a day. disposal's are not what the name entales . to me they are just a gadget.
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Look for small pieces in the disposal... likely pits, glass, etc once these are removed press the reset. also check the breaker. Double breakers can be tripped but you can't tell to look at it. Just shut it off and turn it back on.
Try turning off the breaker to it to reset the controller. Beyond that, check the water intake valve. Usually the first thing to happen is filling with water and it will wait for fill before doing anything... so if valve is stuck, it will appear nothing is happening. Valves get crud in them and fail to open.
12 years is middle aged for an appliance, but the problem is probably one of the garbage disposal big three: a tripped circuit breaker, a tripped reset button, or a jammed disposer. With the breaker turned off, make sure the disposer's shaft rotates freely. On most disposers there's a hole in the bottom middle where you can insert an allen wrench that you're probably find under the sink and rotate the shaft manually to free jams. But, for the love of God, only do this with the breaker turned off and make sure you remove the wrench (or broom handle if you have to go from the top) from the disposer before turning it on. Make sure the reset is pushed down until it clicks if it's tripped, and, since circuit breakers get old and stick, you'll have to turn the breaker all the way off and back on to make sure it's not tripped. If the disposer hums but doesn't turn when you turn it on, check to see if it's jammed. If it turns freely but hums and doesn't start then the starter circuit on the motor is bad. If the breaker and reset button are ok and it doesn't even hum when you turn it on, you'd want to check the disposer to make sure it's getting power. You can find a little electrical reader at walmart for $5 that works like a geiger counter and will beep when it gets close to something that's receiving power. The switch may be worn out, but really the disposer's motor failing is probably the least likely thing. But please get a qualified electrician out there if you don't know what you're doing. There's a reason that it requires a license.
It is stuck. It should have come with an "allan wrench" which is used to free it. It fits directly in the bottom of the disposal, and you turn it clockwise and counter until it frees. If you do not have an allan wrench, a broomstick may work. Put the handle in the garbage disposal (from top - in the sink) and try to jar it loose. You have to catch one of the teeth though. After that is done, hit the reset and you should be all set. Good luck
Yes, on bottom a little recessed button should be pushed to reset the device. If the blade is stuck, the reset might not work but just keep tripping the breaker so you have to free up the blades with a broom stick or other item stuck into the disposal (with the power off of course) to turn the blades manually. Then try the reset button again. and hit the switch. Otherwise, check your kitchen's electrical breaker to see if it has tripped as well.
There could be something stuck you can't see.
Most disposals come with a tool you can use to rotate the shaft from the bottom of the unit, sometimes an allen wrench will substitute, then hit the reset button on the disposal.
Three points to ck. !) make sure disposer is plugged in under ther the sink. 2) Make sure the circuit breaker at the breaker panel has not tripped. 3) Make sure disposal is off and make sure it is not jammed, 3) Press reset breaker located on bottom of unit (red button.) Then try wall switch again.