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Insinkerator badger 5: plate rotates freely but when switched on it only hums. The blades do nothing.

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Hi,

The motor has gone bad


Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going on with your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed


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Posted on Sep 29, 2010

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