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I hear the motor but know movement. I have tried the reset the allen wrench and putting the hand down in to clear and Nothing. Can you help

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NEVER put your hands in that unit
There usually near the neck of the garbuator is an access hole to use a screwwdriver, with the power off, to loosen the impeller
Give that a try

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Ok my ace 2000 disposal hums. blades move freely when i put my hand inside. the 1/4" allen wrench doesn't fit in the opening at the bottom. my sink fills with water but eventually drains, so I...


Sounds like the starter winding is bad.
The cutter disc is welded directly to motor shaft. So is the allen wrench fitting.
So if disc rotates freely, then you should be able to feel the allan wrench fitting rotate too.
Use broomstick instead of hand down disposal.
If motor hums and cutter disc does not spin, but cutter disc can be moved freely, then disposal needs to be replaced.
I wish they made repairable motors so that metal and copper doesn't get thrown into the scrap recycle metal bin.

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Garbage Disposal Ace 2000 model 47982.... The water won't drain out of it and the sink is backed up and hasn't gone down for a whole day now. It seems like the blades are turning. I've been...


Hi David,

Are the blades actually turning or is just the motor running?
First, turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker. Do not put your hand in until you do this.

If you hear the motor running, but not the blades, then the blades are jammed. On most disposers you can put an allen wrench in an opening under the unit and move the blades. If the blades move freely, then your drain line is probably plugged.
If the motor runs, but the blades don't and they will move freely by hand, then the disposal needs repair.
If the blades are jammed with food, you can clear the jam with your hand and the allen wrench trick from underneath.
Once the disposer is freed up, run cold water down the drain for a few minutes to harden any grease build up inside. Then running the disposer should get rid of the hardened grease.
By the way, most disposers have a reset button on the bottom of the motor should your disposer jam and turn off or trip your breaker.

Orange peels, etc. will not harm your disposer. A good way to keep it clear is to put egg shells down it periodically. The shell action will scrape junk off the inside of the disposer.

You can also keep the disposer clean of grease buildup by pouring some baking soda in the disposer followed by a mix of hot water and vinegar.

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yes that is right. keep turning the allen wrench untill it turns easily. then push the reset hard and try it. you dhould hear the unit run. if its running and you still have standing water, the the drain lines have plugged.

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Humming noise when turn on, but blade/motor not moving. Tried reset button and turn the motor with allen wrench. What else can I do?


its stuck, is it still under warranty. either the motor is bad or something is jammed in there. you need to turn the blades by hand or allen , if nothing, then the motor is somehow bad, need to replace.

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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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This means there is something stuck in the machine. You need an allen wrench to put in the bottom of it to spin it. There will be an opening right in the middle on the bottom of it. This will get it spinning again. If there is something hard in it you will hear alot of noise when you turn it on.You will have to clear this out. Also about once a month you should run dry coffee grounds in it to clean it out.

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How do I remove a keyless chuck from my Sears drill.


The chuck is screwed on with a normal thread, the screw in the centre (already removed) is left hand thread. Holding the drill with the open end of the chuck facing you, it should unscrew anti clockwise. It might take an impact to start it off. I normally put the gearbox to slow, set the cluth to drill and then holding the drill firmly, hit the allen key against the edge of my workbench. Bring the drill down like a hammer blow so the allen key hits the bench (which should be on your left). I find this more effective than holding the drill on the bench and hititng the allen key with a hammer as it allows for less drill movement at the point of impact.

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