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Why does my garbage disposal keeping locking up? I've checked inside to see if anything is lodging the blades but can't find anything.

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Next time it sticks. Vacuum out everything.
See if the cutter wheel is still lodged.
Or if cutter wheel rolls free.
If cutter wheel rolls free after a simple vacuum, then I would suspect the motor is old and weak.
If cutter wheel is still lodged, then check around the edge and see what is stuck.
If there are pieces of metal, then the cutter wheel is probably falling apart bit by bit.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

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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.
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