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Dear Sir/Madam, The garbage disposal does not start after I turn it on (no sound at all). I tried to press the red reset button on the bottom. After that, I hear the humming sound after power on but still it does not work. Can you give some suggestions to try diagnose further? Thanks! Weibin

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Something has it clogged. Look on the bottom of the disposal. If there is an exposed end of the shaft, you can use channel locks, vice grips or a wrench to try and spin the shaft. Be sure the power is disconnected to the disposal while doing this.The shaft should free up. You may have to turn the shaft a short distance in both directions to completely free the motor. If the motor doesn't free up, there is something of substantial size hung in the blades and the motor will have to be removed to be serviced or replaced.

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