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When we switch on the garbage disposal, there's no sound at all..dead. Switched power cord to another outlet, plugged it in and automatically the motor turns on but the blades don't move. It doesn't matter which outlet we plug it into and the disposal automatically turns on but no blade movement. Switched out the outlet and same thing. Bought a new one, installed the main electrical cord from the old one to the new one and same thing...no matter which outlet you plug it in, the motor turns on automatically. So could it be the black electrical wire that powers the disposal? HELP...

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If you plug it into the original outlet under the sink and flip the switch, nothing happens? No motor sound? And when you plug it into a different outlet, you can hear the motor, but the blades don't turn?
If this is the situation, I would guess that there's a problem with the insinkerator. Something stuck in it, or it's otherwise jammed. This could have tripped a breaker.
If the breaker failed or the circuit wasn't wired properly, this jammed condition could also have resulted in the wire at the switch or under-sink receptacle burning off of the terminals.
Turn off the circuit at the panel, double check that it's off, and remove the switch and the receptacle to see if the wires are still connected. If they've burned off, do not re-connect them. You should consult a licensed electrician to correct a hazardous situation.

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