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My garbage disposal just hums when i turn it on but won't turn. if i leave it on too long it kicks the reset button on the disposal. what can i do to fix it?

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Pull the power plug and reach into the opening to turn the grinder in both directions--it's probably locked up. Shine a flashlight into the opening to see if tableware or something else is jamming it. At the worst, you may have remove the unit from the sink and dismantle it. It may have a frozen bearing as well. Hope this helps.

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I had a similar problem last weekend. I have a tool that looks like a hollow hexagonal tube that I inserted into the drain and tried to turn the mechanism a little bit each way. I also have an allen wrench under the sink that I used to turn a bit each way from the bottom. Then, pressed the reset button and tried the switch. I tried this several times. (Don't leave it humming. If it isn't working right, turn the switch off immediately.) Eventually I got the right loosening action and it worked. I had a tiny piece of a wine glass charm that was jamming the gap between the blades and the housing, I think. It was only the size of a plastic pin head and it was ejected when the thing finally worked again!

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If reset will not reset, then the popped-out reset will push in but not click down.

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