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My Badger 5 garbage disposal will not work. It makes a humming noise but will not spin. I hit the reset button, used the hex wrench provided and turned it clockwise, used a broom handle through the top and it still won't start. It turns freely with the wrench and broom but only makes the humming sound when I turn it on.

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  • miller1 May 22, 2008

    My garbage disposal won't turn and makes a humming sound when turned on.

  • r expixed May 28, 2008

    Even after I push the RESET button (recessed at the bottom), all I get is a humming sound...

  • mmcloug Jul 27, 2008

    My Badger 5 disposal makes a humming sound when turned on.  It makes a low volume crackling sound after 4-5 tries to start the motor.  Resetting the disposal did not fix the problem.  

  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    Same problems as the others. Hit reset button, turned it with a hex wrench and still all it does is hum.

  • marcy_mahone Jul 31, 2008

    I have the same problem. We used the hex wrench, made sure it was toatally clean in the diposer and used the reset switch. All it does is hum.

  • tenbuff Aug 07, 2008

    disposal turns freely and I have pushed in the reset button. Nothing happens. Unit stopped after hitting a peach pit erroneously thrown into the sink.

  • toddminphx Aug 23, 2008

    Same thing. Hit reset cleared the wheel using hex wrtench and a plunger handle...nothing but the hum...

  • jc_brazil7 Aug 29, 2008

    I had a badger garbage disposal and recently it stopped working it would just hum. I checked for anything that might be stuck but nothing. So i went and bought another one not even a month ago and now the same thing has happened. I have checked to make sure there is nothing down there and the wrench turns freely. What do i do?

  • splaine Aug 30, 2008

    I have the same problem: it hums (and will move a tiny amoutn - 5 degrees when I turn on)

    pressed reset button, used hex wrench to lossen and then tigthen - wheel spins freely when pushed by hand



    Thoughts anyone?

    Steve

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I had this same problem after my wife tried to clean out a fish bowl (she said she skimed out all of the little pebbles). She still missed a lot of them and many ended up in the disposal. Anyways it made the same humming sound when turning it on. This humming noise means something is jamming it from spinning. The hum is just the sound of the motor trying to spin (DO NOT LEAVE IT HUMMING FOR A LONG TIME)

HERES HOW TO FIX IT:
-If you have a lot of whatever's causing the jam still in there, I suggest you take out the disposal and flush as much as possible out with water (I had to do this to get majority of the rock pebbles out) while holding it upside down.

-Now you need a decent tool set, get a 3/8" ratchet, 7/16" deep socket, and a 3" extension.

-It's easiest if you put the disposal back in the sink to do this step as it may take some muscle and the sink will hold it in place.

-If you look down into the disposal from the top of the sink you should see a nut in the middle of the disposal (and the 2 silver spinning teeth on the sides).

-The nut in the middle is what you need to get the ratchet on.

-Now just muscle the ratchet clockwise for awhile then counter-clockwise for awhile and repeat if necessary until the rotor spins completely freely. When there is completely no reistance when turning it you are done.

-Pull the ratchet out and try turning on the disposal. If you did the above step correctly then if should turn on like normal.

Congratulations you just saved yourself from calling a plumber!!

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

  • samandsandy Aug 11, 2011

    I know you posted this a long time ago. But I have tried everything except this solution. I am a girl with no experience. I have fixed things around the house before. I have a lot of tools that my brothers keep buying me. Question: Do I unhook the garbage disposal from under the sink and put it in the sink? Just making sure before I jump off and do this. Thanks

  • rich Oct 14, 2011

    the answer from pidass2004 solved the problem. I used a 9/16 socket on an 8'' extension. Thanks rs

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I had this problem... talked to my plumber buddy, who has encountered this a few times. He solved it after talking to the local service depot for Badger 5. This is easiest if you have two people.

Get under the unit with the hex wrench and insert it into the opening in the bottom. Get someone else to hit the switch, and the start rotating the hex wrench (I think counter-clockwise?). Be careful as the hex wrench may start rotating quickly and fly off at you.

Mine started running within a second or two - if yours doesn't, turn off the switch. You might have a different problem.

My theory here is that even though your garburetor is not jammed with anything, the motor may have stopped at the exact spot where the magnetic field reverses. When you flick the power on, it the rotor is just sitting there, but needs a nudge to get it moving again. Or I may be completely wrong.

Good luck

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

  • urbantroas Aug 25, 2010

    OMG... solution #2 worked... SIMPLY ROTATE THE HEX WRENCH ... COUNTER CLOCKWISE... insertion is located at the bottom of the unit....

    THANK YOU... THANK YOU!

  • Auntie Em Oct 01, 2010

    The motor started up with a little push but would not start on its own after being turned off. It was a nice try.

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Mine did this also. I tried the hex wrench and it wasn't stuck. So I assummed the motor brushes were worn and I treated it like a starter motor on a car. You turn on the switch and while it's humming you tap the outside of the motor with a rubber mallot or something handy. Mine started the first tap but it may take more. Like I said I suspect the brushes are worn and will likely happen again until they are changed if they can be changed.

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  • rdmillerc139 Feb 06, 2011

    Wow! I did all the above suggestions using the hex wrench, broom handle and hitting the reset button. Nothing worked to get the standing water to go down and the blades to grind the vegetable peels that were causing the blockage.

    When I read about using a rubber mallot to tap the motor I figured that was something new I hadn't seen before. I too thought it was a joke ... however, what did I have to lose...it worked immediately! Thank you! My cursing didn't help a bit but not only did the hitting work it also made me feel better! Thanks!

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Using a hex wrench fixed it for me, thanks guys!

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Hex wrench on bottom wouldn't turn it. Tried solution # one, but nut was larger than 1/2" and needed 6" extension also. Didn't have either one on hand. Took long rounded metal rod and tapped it gently with rubber hammer on top and sides of the nut to free it. After a few minutes, the unit started spinning.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

  • sewilkerson Oct 04, 2010

    Solution #2 worked like a charm; thanks!! :)

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Solution #2 worked...We thought, this is a joke...nope WORKS! Thanks

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