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Insinkerator disposal blades move freely, but motor just hums when turned on. Tapping the top nut of disposal with a knife handle will get the blades moving. This must be done every time I turn it on. How can I fix this?

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Ok my ace 2000 disposal hums. blades move freely when i put my hand inside. the 1/4" allen wrench doesn't fit in the opening at the bottom. my sink fills with water but eventually drains, so I...


Sounds like the starter winding is bad.
The cutter disc is welded directly to motor shaft. So is the allen wrench fitting.
So if disc rotates freely, then you should be able to feel the allan wrench fitting rotate too.
Use broomstick instead of hand down disposal.
If motor hums and cutter disc does not spin, but cutter disc can be moved freely, then disposal needs to be replaced.
I wish they made repairable motors so that metal and copper doesn't get thrown into the scrap recycle metal bin.

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Oct 03, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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When turning on garbage disposal power turns on but does not spin


Is the motor rotating, and cutter disc stationary?
If the motor is running but cutter disc is not moving, then disposal is probably broken and needs replacement.

If the motor is not rotating, and is making humming sound, then do not keep power turned ON or motor will burn out.
Then use allan wrench on bottom of disposal to rotate the motor until disc rotates freely. Also use wood broomstick handle down into disposal and wedge against side of sink opening to free cutter disc.

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

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Dishrag caught un disposal, pulled it out, blades turn, it just hums, it hums even when switch is turned on off!!


If cutter disk turns freely and motor hums, then motor winding has gone bad.
The humming sound means motor is overheating and will stop humming.

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May 11, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have a Badger 5 (5-81A). The motor is humming when it's turned on, however, the blade does not turn. The blade does seem to move freely. Tried reset and hex key but still nothing.


you have something stuck in it more than likely,, use the key ( unplug it first) and turn it backwards,, keep looking inside with a flashlight for the lodged object once you see it,, remove it,, sometimes the key won't work if its something caught in the blades themselves, so use the handle end of a broom or plunger with a wooden handle to push on the blade itself to turn the unit over

May 02, 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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In sinkerator will only "hum" and not run to grind food


On The bottom of the unit there should be a place to put an allen wrench. Unplug unit, Insert wrench and turn the wrench back and forth this moves the blades if the blades move freely then nothing is stuck. If wrench does not move freely, with flash light inspect inside of disposal (the rubber flaps are usually removable to gain better eye site) if objects (bones, utensil, etc) are noticed remove them and try the wrench again if now freed problem solved. If wrench turned freely from the beginning and motor still hums. Replace disposal.

I hope this has answered your question, please rate how helpful the answer was. Good Luck and Have a great day.

Apr 03, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The capacitor is probably bad, that's what makes it start to rotate. It's under the metal case on the side of the motor. Pull it off and take it to a motor to to replace.

Jul 23, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have a Badger 5 that will not turn on. The blade freely turns by hand, but unit will only hum like the motor is locked. Suggestions.


Use and allen wrench underneath in the center of the disposal. Does the shaft turn freely? If it does, the capacitor is bad. If the shaft won't turn, there is something stuck inside the disposal.

Jul 01, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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