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Garbage disposal won't work!

When I turn on the disposal, it makes a very slight buzz sound. The outlet does work when I plug another appliance in. There is nothing stuck in the blades of the disposal and when I put my hand down in the disposal and try to manually turn the blades, the right set turns fine, but the left set does not move at all. I ensured the red reset button was pressed in. When I use the disposal wrench under the disposal, it does not turn at all. Any suggestions?

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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.

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