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Jammed disposal (in sink erator) i believe a nail was lodged there. it came out but it still doesn't work. Had a allens wrench and hit red button and it still doesn't work

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  • lilpeltzpe Jul 05, 2008

    Thank you :after reading your advice it makes great sense .You have saved me time and $$

  • khudaafiz Jul 30, 2008

    The disposer when on gives a stuck sound and the blades are not turning. I cleaned the blade area and also pressed the red button. Couple of times it strated briefly and then it went back to the stuck sound with the blades not turning.



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My unit was not spinning, seemed like no power after it would just sit there and make that humming noise. Used the wrench to loosen up (if any) debris. I didn't realize the little red reset switch on the bottom was not popping out all the way. After the wrench, I then depressed the red button and it worked fine. I would check to make sure your switch is out all the way before trying other solutions.

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If you can turn the disposal by hand with the allen wrench and you press the button and it still won't work try checking the house fuse or circuit breaker. If you have power at the disposal and all of these things fail just buy another disposal. (usually under $100) Buy the same brand and you won't even have to replace the fitting in the sink If you buy the same HP the plumbing won't even have to be changed. In sink erator makes Emerson, some Kitchen aid, some Whirlpools and most Sears Kenmore disposals. You should be able to look and tell if it is the same size. It is cheaper to replace than call for service. With the same brand it won't take more than 20 min to install. Read the instructions you'll see how easy it is. (if your dishwasher drains through the disposal make sure you remove the knockout plug before installing the disposal.)

Posted on Jul 05, 2008


I had a same problem, and was ready to go to HD for new one. But I found what is wrong. My unit doesn't have external switch under the sink you need to turn on. Switch is in the hole where all dirt goes, so you turn there something, and your unit is on. On the outside of the unit, under the sink, there is a small box. In that box there is a micro switch, so when you turn it a level above the sink, you actually press this micro switch and your unit is on. In my case, micro switch was on, but small piece of plastic that hold this switch, was broken, so when I turn the level over the sink, I move whole body of the switch instead only a level of the switch. I fixed it by gluing this switch carrier (plastic part) which holds the switch. For gluing I used superglue (industrial type). Hope it will works. Otherwise, I would use something else to hold it tight to the body of the aerator.

Hope this helps.


Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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Mine has a different problem. The erator works. But there is a hole outside the erator, as if it is eroded. When I touch it, crumbs fall.

What is this problem? Shall I use something to seal it?


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