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BADGER GARBAGE DISPOSAL just humms. does not work.

I had problem with disposer, and then cleared every thing. Pressed the reset button, still no use. Any thoughts.

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  • snowman_dumb Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks a lot pgh for caring to help. I looked with flash light and don't see any thing. I obviously miss something since I hear the humming sound. I don't know what else to do. Seems like time to replace with a new one.

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It sounds like the disposer has something jamming it. Try using the breaker wrench supplied with the disposer (or a suitable-size hex wrench) fitted into the socket on the bottom. Rock the wrench back and forth to see if you can loosen the jam. Another trick is to use a wooden rod (end of a broom handle, for example) to push on the blade to try dislodging the jam. Look inside with a flashlight to see if there is something that is easily missed. (I have found drink can tabs, coins and a shelf clip that way.)

It's also possible the motor starting capacitor inside the disposer or the motor itself is bad, in which case you would probably spend less on a new disposer than on repairing this one. But a jam is more likely.

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