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My garbage disposal isn't working, the blades and flywheel turn freely but it still just hums when I turn it on. The red reset button broke say 5 months ago and is no longer visible as it was pushed too far in. Please help, thank you.

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Most likely the motor has a dead spot in it. You can carefully try and spin it to see if moving the rotor to a slightly different position will get it to start.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

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Yes, it sounds like you have a bad motor winding, not allowing the motor to actually work. It is time to replace. Hope this helps

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SOURCE: Used reset button, the motor runs but the blades are not turning?

sound's like you have a problem with your drain pipe's. it is not normal for water to come back up.check the allen key bolt, located on the bottom of unit .insert allen wrench /key,and turn in a clock wise&counter clockwise motion to see if disposal is jammed.you also might consider some drain opener before it get's worse

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

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SOURCE: InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It hums but doesn't work. The wrench moves freely ...

If the blades move freely with the wrench and stick and motor hums then it sounds like it is time to replace the unit. Have you tried the reset switch? If it is humming than it is probably not tripped but worth a try. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 25, 2010

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Hi,
Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going onwith your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed heatman101

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When the motor goes bad, it begins to slow down until it stops.
That can happen suddenly, and now each time it hums, the motor is overheating and will never come back to life.
I wrote ez replacement step from days I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

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Reset button not working


Try reset button on bottom of disposal.
Following link has full troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html
If reset will not restore functionality, check that unit is getting power, and then check that unit is receiving 80% rated voltage. Replace disposal.
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Jun 20, 2013 | Whirlaway Garbage Disposals

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Badger 5 just clicks when I try to turn it on. It is only 4 years old. We tried reset button, checked blades for something lodged in it, and unplugged and re plugged.


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

Jun 18, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Garbage dispoal not working. The blades spin freely inside, the reset button has been reset, when you switch it on the moter makes a faint humming sound, and the allen wrench will not rotate either way.


You need a new disposal.
Free-rotating blades show there is no obstruction.
Humming says you have power.
Frozen allen wrench says bearings are rusted.
Motor is now overheating each timer electricity is turned on, and motor will overheat and stop humming.
At least the drain is clean and water is not flooding under the sink, which means you can continue using sink until disposal is replaced.

I wrote tips for installing disposal from days when I worked apartment maintenance:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Feb 01, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My badger 5 garbage disposal just hums. There is no jam in the blades; they move freely in both directions. I've pressed the reset button and allowed the cold water to run. I've been working on it for 2...


When the motor goes bad, it begins to slow down until it stops.
That can happen suddenly, and now each time it hums, the motor is overheating and will never come back to life.
I wrote ez replacement step from days I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Jan 16, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The disposal only hums. I can turn the blades inside so there is no food stuck. I know there is a reset button but cant locate it.


I had the same problem, it was just humming, then after a few second the on board circuit breaker would cut out. After a little while I could hit the reset button and it would just hum again.

It turns out that the base of the disposal was jammed. There are 2 blades on the top that should spin freely, but the base plate that the blades are attached to also spins. In fact, that's what the motor drives. The two blades on top are not powered, they just flip back and forth as the base spins. So get a broom handle or a strong wooden spoon, stick it down in there, and try to pry the base plate free so it spins. That should do it.

Oct 28, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It hums but doesn't work. The wrench moves freely ...


If the blades move freely with the wrench and stick and motor hums then it sounds like it is time to replace the unit. Have you tried the reset switch? If it is humming than it is probably not tripped but worth a try. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: Just hums and won't run, even after assuring that ...


Hi,
Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going onwith your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed heatman101

May 17, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My garbage disposal doesn't turn on, I checked the plug and it works. What do you think is the problem?


Every disposal I've seen or installed has had a RESET button. If there is no sound at all when you switch the unit ON, look/feel around the bottom of the unit for a small button (usually RED). Press the button in, and then try the switch again.

If the unit makes a humming sound when switched on, something is binding the mechanism and preventing the blades from spinning. If this is the case, unplug the unit and then spin it to remove blockage and free the blade mechanism. If the unit came with a large allen wrench, you can insert it in the bottom of the unit and turn it to free the blades. No wrench, no problem. Insert a small piece of pipe, a pipe wrench handle, or (my favotite) a 3/8 or 1/2 inch socket extension bar into the top of unit and turn the blade assembly until it spins freely. Once the blade assembly is freed, the unit should operate normally.

Oct 28, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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