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Badger 1 1/3 HP Garbage disposal is stuck. I have hit the reset button took out what was jamming it and it still hums but won't turn. Please help!

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Can you turn the motor by hand? (with the wrench in the bottom of the disposal) If not then you either still have a restriction/jam or the motor is seized. If you can spin the motor somewhat freely with the wrench then you most likely have a bad motor and will have to replace it. Hope this helps

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