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My Kitchenaid disposal won't work.

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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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

good luck

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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    Iv'e had pieces of gravel from cleaning my fish tanks. If it doesn't turn it is one of two things. jammed or plain gone bad. if you can't see all the way around the repellor for any object- then your not getting a good view. if you see nothing. take a long screw driver and try to turn the repellor. under the bottom of most disposasls is a slot for a tool like an allen wrench - this tool usally comes with the product . but is most of the time lost. or thrown out not knowing what it is. there is also the reset you may had to hit if the repellor does stat turning with the screw driver. however if you try this a few times and can't get it going. I would invest in a new one. maybe it still has a warranty on it. then it's time to call your friend that knows about installing appliances. and call in a favor.


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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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