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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.

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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.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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    benji528 May 09, 2012

    I found that my daughters had been cleaning their turtle aquarium in the kitchen sink and the little aquarium pebbles had fallen in the disposal system - effectively JAMMING it! I ran cold water while turning the shaft with a 1/4" allen wrench - clockwise and counterclockwise - back and forth until it could wash down all those colorful nasty pebbles! Thanks for the suggestion Craig!

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Disposal hums, but doesn't work. blades turn freely, as well asthe motor with a wrench- with no pressure?


Copy following link for disposal troubleshoot, and replacement tips:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

Sounds like disposal motor has overheated and shorted.
Fortunately today's disposals are fully contained, and did not cause fire.
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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

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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.

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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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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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Still doesn't run.


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

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