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1/2 horsepower hums when turned on but does not turn. I have also been able to turn manually with the wrench.

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If your disposal is humming but not grinding then shut unit off and use a 1/4 allen wrench in the opening on the bottom of disposal in the center and turn it back and forth with the wrench till you get it freed up. There should be a offset wrench that came with the disposal for this purpose but if you don't have it a regular allen wrench will work. Try running hot water thru disposal while you are turning with allen wrench to help loosen up grease. After you get it turning freely remove allen wrench and turn disposal on . Hopefully this will take care of it but if not repeat until it frees up.
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At the bottom of the ISE there is a hex type hole in the center of the bottom plate. This is for an allen wrench of the appropriate size, a wrench usually comes with the units when they are new. UNPLUG the unit under the sink and insert the allen wrench into the hole. You can now use the allen wrench to manually turn the cutting blades inside the ISE. You may find something wedged in the blades that needs to be removed, family silverware, dog collars, etc. As long as the unit is unplugged you can reach inside and clear any debris. You will also find a small button on the bottom of the ISE. This is a circuit breaker and does trip from time to time. You just need to push it in to reset it. But since your unit is humming, I doubt the breaker is tripped. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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On The bottom of the unit there should be a place to put an allen wrench. Unplug unit, Insert wrench and turn the wrench back and forth this moves the blades if the blades move freely then nothing is stuck. If wrench does not move freely, with flash light inspect inside of disposal (the rubber flaps are usually removable to gain better eye site) if objects (bones, utensil, etc) are noticed remove them and try the wrench again if now freed problem solved. If wrench turned freely from the beginning and motor still hums. Replace disposal.

I hope this has answered your question, please rate how helpful the answer was. Good Luck and Have a great day.

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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...

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)

-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!!

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