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Disposal hums but doesn't rotate. I would like to know where the reset button is so I can see if that is the problem. I've tried turning the inside mechanism but it won't rotate...

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There are several things you can check. First make sure the unit is off and check for debris stuck inside the unit. On the bottom of your Disposal is a slot for an allen wrench also most have a reset button here also. First take the allen wrench and turn the unit around several time manually before you do anything else. Now run some water down the unit and see if it will turn on. If it doe not try the allen wrench one more time and do the same as above. Now try the reset button. If this works great because the next step requires you to take the unit off. Let me know if this works before we go to the next step. Hope this helps.
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Usually there is a hex wrench that came with the disposal. Unplug or remove power to disposal.
First look inside to see if foreign object is in grinding chamber, if there is, insert hex wrench in bottom of disposal, rock back and forth to dislodge object and remove. Make sure motor shaft is free by rotating hex tool.
Usually the reset button is on bottom of unit , push in to reset circuit breaker and reconnect power and try to start.
If this doesn't fix problem you are probably looking to replace disposal.

Hope this helps with problem!!

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