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I have an InSinkerator Badger 5. Every time I turn it on, it trips the GFI. It runs for a second or less before tripping, and it spins so it doesn't seem jammed. Other things work fine on the same outlet.

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Could be two things and its hard to tell which it is. Either the GFI is defective or the disposal motor is shorted. I would replace the GFI first and if a new one trips then your disposal is shorted and needs to be replaceed

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There is a short in the motor thats tripping the mains only a new motor will sort this out

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Your boat anchor has seen better days.. best to get it replaced. garbage disp. are fairly inexpensive and easy to install... have fun -- goog luck..

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I installed a new dishwasher and now my insinkerator disposal has no power? What happened?


That is strange did you hard wire d/w or simply plug it in.did you trip the gfi.need more to go on.There is a reset on the bottom of disposal a red button push it it should click might need reset.

Apr 16, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Disposal was jammed. I unjammed it and it worked fine for just a few times. The blades now turn freely, but now it trips the circuit breaker the instance I turn it on.


Sounds like the motor windings are toast. The breaker is supposed to trip before the motor overheats too much, but this is an approximate thing in practice. The varnish insulation on the windings gets soft when it overheats, and if it happens repeatedly (by resetting the breaker multiple times in a short time period) the insulation eventually breaks down and the coil shorts out between windings. This makes a coil that is supposed to be, say 100 turns, act like it has say 5 turns, which makes the overall resistance of that coil a whole lot less than it's supposed to be, which increases the current level it takes to maintain the voltage potential (120V) across that coil. The high current load trips the breaker. Sorry for the long explanation. I got a little carried away. Time for a new disposal Good luck, Al K

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The badger 5 has just stoped working


There are three possible things.
1) Circuit breaker tripped
2) Wall switch gone bad
3) Reset button tripped on disposal
Reset is located near where wire connects to disposal

Nov 22, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My disposal sucks the water down fine but the blades won't turn. what can I do to get the blades spinning again?


So you mean the motor doesn't run? Will the blade turn ? you can try turning it with an allen wrench from the bottom. If it turns free, you might try resetting the thermal overload in the bottom of the disposal. A little button will be "popped" out if tripped. Push it in and see if it runs. If still won't work be sure you have voltage to the unit.

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I have a Badger 1 1/3 hp insinkerator, all it does is a light hum. It had also tripped the electrical yesterday, it does not work.


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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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Disposal does not run. I've turned the appliance


Your disposal unit may be on a GFI protected circuit which has tripped. If you don't have a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) in your kitchen, check your main breaker box since they are often installed there.

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Insinkerator badger 5 doesnt turn on


Make sure that the fuse/breaker is not blown/tripped You could take a voltmeter and check for voltage at the unit. Hope this helps

Sep 28, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Is there a reset button on the Badger 5


Yes, on bottom a little recessed button should be pushed to reset the device. If the blade is stuck, the reset might not work but just keep tripping the breaker so you have to free up the blades with a broom stick or other item stuck into the disposal (with the power off of course) to turn the blades manually. Then try the reset button again. and hit the switch. Otherwise, check your kitchen's electrical breaker to see if it has tripped as well.

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