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Insinkerator disposal motor hums but blades won't turn

The blades rotate easily, but won't grind when turned on. The blades only move when tapped with a knife handle on the center nut. How can I fix this?

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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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I would keep working the impeller back and forth with wrench while running hot water thru disposal until it turns freely. You can see if there are any small bone fragments or other debris in grinding chamber and removing with long needle nose pliers. Good luck. Thank you.

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Blades will not turn. They turn with broomhandle but when I throw the switch, just get humming.


Whenever the motor hums without spinning, it is overheating.
Your motor has no obstruction since blades rotate freely, so motor lost power in the start winding.
Once motors overheat, and stop turning, then they are bad.

There are no replacement parts for disposals.
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The motor tries to start with a low hum, but it will not power up. The blades turn easily and the reset button is not out.


If blades rotate freely, then there is no stoppage.
If motor hums, then circuit and switch are good.
If motor will not start, and reset is not tripped, then disposal has gone bad.

Motors slow down and overheat, and then they stop working.
Each time you hear motor humming instead of rotating, the motor is overheating.
All motors stop working some time.

There are no repair parts for disposals.
Drain is not clogged, so sink is usable until disposal is replaced.

I wrote EZ disposal-replacement steps from years when I worked apartment maintenance.
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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:
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Hi, Sounds like motor went bad..
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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.

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Be aware that the wheel that makes up the entire floor of the grinding chamber is the part that rotates. There are two lugs mounted on this wheel that rotate freely, but they are not driven by the motor. There's a hole in the bottom middle of the disposer where you can insert an allen wrench (there may be a special disposer tool already in the cabinet) and turn the motor manually. If the motor does turn freely, but the disposer still hums and doesn't stat, that'll mean there's a problem with the motor's starter circuit. You or a motor repair shop could open up the motor and check the resistance of the windings, the centrifugal starter switch, etc., but your best value at this point, especially with an entry level model such as a badger 5, is to replace the disposer. If you get another one made by insinkerator you can install the new one in like three steps.

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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.

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