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I have a badger one. The wrench requires an extreme amount of force to rotate but won't turn easily. The blades however seemed to spin freely with no obstructions.

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    Jeff S Feb 15, 2014

    I should add that it hums so I know that it's getting power and the little button on the bottom is not sticking out.

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Try moving the wrentch back and forth, if that does not work you probably have a bad bering and need to replace the badger.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

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SOURCE: badger insinkerator 5 just buzzes wont work.

We just ran into the same problem. We fixed it by taking the disposal out and just cleaning all of the debris out of it. It was just stuck because of the fish tank rocks that were stuck between the "blades" and the wall of the disposal so they were just in there preventing the "blades" from spinning.

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a badger 5 plus garbage disposal (5-6 years) it humms

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

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Still doesn't run.

well, the impeller is slipping on the motor shaft, you need to remove the unit and see whats up

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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SOURCE: My Badger 7 just buzzes but blades manually turn.

well you need to take the trap apart and clean out as far as the badger if you can turn with allen wrench the it may be time for a new one they are warrentied it will buzz then throw the in line breaker a button on bottom just push in

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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SOURCE: badger 1 1/3 insinkerator not grinding

Hi, Sounds like motor went bad..
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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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.

I wrote ez disposal replacement tips:
http://beta.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

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

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Badger insinkerator, 1/3 HP does not start. Please help...i try the red button and didn't work...the blades aren't rotating....


Use wood broomstick handle down into disposal.
Wedge broomstick against side of sink opening and rotate blades free.
Or use allen wrench on bottom of disposal to free cutter blade.

If blades rotate freely and disposal has power, and reset is not tripped or will not reset, then disposal is bad.
I wrote ez disposal replacement steps:
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Sep 11, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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One blade seems to jam even after i free it up


Put a wood broomstick down in the opening, or use allen wrench on bottom of motor, and see if you can free up the cutter disk.
You want the disk to rotate freely.
Then use vacuum cleaner hose to make sure all the small stuff is removed.
If the disk rotates freely, but continues to jam, then you probably need to replace disposal.
I wrote ez disposal replacement steps from when I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Jul 06, 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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Motor seized


If cutter blade is not rotating freely, then use allen wrench in slot on bottom of disposal or use wood boom-stick handle in sink upening to wedge cutter blade loose.
If blade rotates freely and motor stopped working, then disposal is broken.
I wrote ez disposal replacement tips from years when I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Apr 20, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Badger 1/2 HP garbage disposal not working. Motor hums, blades are not rotating. I can rotate the service wrench with tension.


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.

Apr 17, 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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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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Badger 1 1/3 insinkerator not grinding


Hi, Sounds like motor went bad..
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 15, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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MY BADGER 5 HAS POWER TO IT AND ATEMPTS TO TURN BUT WON'T, WHEN YOU TURN IT MANNUALY IT SEEMS GUMMED UP HARD TO TURN,AL OF THE BLADES ARE FREE AND NOTHING IS IN IT


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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