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Kenmore garbage disposal

When I turn on my garbage disposal I hear a humming noise coming from the motor. I turned it off, pushed reset button but hear the same thing. Earlier this week I did hear like something was in there but everytime I put my hand in there, I felt nothing blocking the way.
Recently, it won't start. I have tried to find something lodging, but haven't felt anything. I even filled up kitchen sink with water and plunged thinking that if something is lodged it would be dislodged, but no luck.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I had great luck and saved much money coming here and being able to fix my front load washer. Thanks!

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  • rak80 Aug 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, but I think it's more than just a simple jam. I've taken the unit out, turned the hex wrench until it's free both ways, but when I re-install it, it works for a second or two, then stops and hums. It's my opinion that the plate inside is loose. I have repair parts that came with the unit (when I bought the house) is there a way to take it apart? I can't seem to get into the guts of it other than the electronics at the bottom.


  • rmandrums195 Apr 22, 2009

    I have the same problem also and I have also used the key on the bottom and the blade inside rotates freely. So I KNOW FOR A FACT, that nothing is jamming it. So does anyone else have a better suggestion than the answer given?

  • jmacuk May 11, 2010

    aehess' solution was spot on! Unplugged the unit and removed the offending jam (a small teaspoon). After plugging back in, disposal ran but made a horrendous noise: one of the grinding teeth was loose. Stuck a carrot in and ran again; noise quickly died and everything works beautifully again.



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Most Kenmore garbage disposals are made by In sink erator. There should be a hex wrench hanging under the sink. This fits into the hole in the bottom. this allows you to turn it by hand to free the jam. Go to Home Depot or something like it and buy one. If this is another brand take a broom stick and stick it in and try to turn the grinder plate. When you get it to turn freely. reach in and see if you can feel anything. Remove if present. Once the grinder plat turns freely it should start. (Use reset button if needed)

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I have the same problem. I took the unit apart and it appreas that there was a screw in the basket at one time that has come loose and is now missing. The basket (wall) of the disposal has a seam in it that is secured by this screw. Even if you could match up the screw you would probably have to take apart most of the disposal.

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