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The blades on my Badger 1 insinkerator don't move. The motor hums when turned on. The reset button stays out when pushed.

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You will need to free the blades by inserting the food disposal hex key or a 1/4 Allen Wrench into the very bottom of the disposal in the center. After inserting the wrench you need to turn it all the way in both directions to free what has the blades held up. It may be hard to turn but afterwards pull the debris out from inside the disposal. Hit the reset button and it will work. Do not keep turning it on until you free the blade and then reset.

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  • Rydo Sep 23, 2010

    This worked a treat for me. I have the Badger 1. The machine wouldn't turn...just gave a hum. I ran the machine for about 5sec with the hum and the reset popped. I hit the red button to reset, used a hex key as per the above instructions, felt the friction disappear. Fixed!!...or is that fixya? :)

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