I checked the outlet that the disposal is plugged into and the outlet still works if I plug another appliance into it. I checked the red reset button on the bottom and pressed it so it went back "in" instead of "popped out". The disposal must be clogged because I can't get watet to pass through (unless the dishwasher is on, and then water fills UP the sink very quickly). I have the "food disposal wrench" that goes into the center hole on the bottom of the unit, however when I try to turn it, it will not budge at all. Finally, when I turn on the disposal, I hear the lighest hum. I have to almost place my ear to the disposal to hear it, so it's almost inaudible. I actually can't guarantee the hum even exists. I may just think I hear it. Any suggestions?
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Re: My Badger 5 disposal won't turn on...
Take the wooden handle from a plunger or broom and insert it in at an angle and pry in a circular pattern to free it up.
Also,if you can,Look inside and see if you can see anything that may be wedged in the blades.
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Generally speaking, a household disposal is a household disposal. The Badger is, IIRC, the same as the Kenmore, and several other brands. No, you won't have to change pipes. The pipes are the same. The only difference will be the power requirements.
Use broom handle and see if blades turn freely. If blades turn freely, and disposal makes clicking sound to indicate that you have power, and reset button is not tripped out, then disposal has gone bad. If unit still looks new, then buy identical disposal from store, replace just the disposal body, and return defect in new box. I wrote ez disposal replacement steps from when I worked apartment maintenance. http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal
If you plug it into the original outlet under the sink and flip the switch, nothing happens? No motor sound? And when you plug it into a different outlet, you can hear the motor, but the blades don't turn?
If this is the situation, I would guess that there's a problem with the insinkerator. Something stuck in it, or it's otherwise jammed. This could have tripped a breaker.
If the breaker failed or the circuit wasn't wired properly, this jammed condition could also have resulted in the wire at the switch or under-sink receptacle burning off of the terminals.
Turn off the circuit at the panel, double check that it's off, and remove the switch and the receptacle to see if the wires are still connected. If they've burned off, do not re-connect them. You should consult a licensed electrician to correct a hazardous situation.
Check to see if the cutting plate is free and will turn-be careful and be sure no one can turn the unit on while you are trying to turn the cutting plate-it is located in the drain hole that the food goes down. If it is locked up, hardware stores sell a special tool to break it loose. It should not be too expensive. If the blade is free, the motor is probably burned out.
under the sink you will probably find an electrical outlet with the disposal cord plugged in. If so, plug another item into the outlet like a blow dryer to be sure you have power to the outlet. If you have no power the problem is a tripped breaker or a blown fuse. First check all of the plugs in the kitchen area including under the sink to determine if you have a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet. If you do, it may be tripped. If it is tripped simply reset it.
If you know you have power to the disposal then check to be sure no spoon or other hard object isn't in the disposal preventing it from operating. Use a flash light to check this. If there is no obstruction look on the case of the disposal for a reset button. good luck.