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LThe motor on the disposal hums. I have cleared all the ground up mess out, checked to see if blades move freely-they do. Looking in the side hole of the disposer that goes to the drain, i can see pieces of what looks like it is a plastic bag. Using needle node pliers, i have removed all that I can see. When i try the motor again, it still just hums so must be getting resistance from something. Any ideas? Can the disposal be dismantled further?

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  • larry448 May 19, 2011

    Your solution sounds very reasonable. I will try to find the manual and wrench that was given to us when the builder installed it in the sink. Otherwise, i suppose I will have to go to a hardware store - would they have this tool? And thank you for your advise. I hope it works.

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Use the reversing tool that comes with all disposers it looks like a hex type tool that inserts into the opposite side the drain is on the bottom of the motor side and back it up,then try to start it so it can get a run at whatever is blocking it

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  • danny Hendrickson May 19, 2011

    I sincerely hope this helps you with the issue of the disposal unit not operating correctly,if not there may be some waste product wrapped around the motor/ shaft (near the shaft bearing) slowing it down and you may need a new disposer,its possible to see down inside if its rusted(INSIDE)the unit and could split at the motor/disposer if not too rusted

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Kenmore 3/4 hp garbage disposer does not work, it only hums.


Do not turn on... humming sound will overheat motor
See if cutter disc located inside disposal can be moved and rotated using broom stick:
If disc rotates freely, then try motor again... if still hums, then replace disposal
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Ok my ace 2000 disposal hums. blades move freely when i put my hand inside. the 1/4" allen wrench doesn't fit in the opening at the bottom. my sink fills with water but eventually drains, so I...


Sounds like the starter winding is bad.
The cutter disc is welded directly to motor shaft. So is the allen wrench fitting.
So if disc rotates freely, then you should be able to feel the allan wrench fitting rotate too.
Use broomstick instead of hand down disposal.
If motor hums and cutter disc does not spin, but cutter disc can be moved freely, then disposal needs to be replaced.
I wish they made repairable motors so that metal and copper doesn't get thrown into the scrap recycle metal bin.

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Oct 03, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I think I ground up a plastic bag in disposal....I have cleared out as best I can, turned the blades with a wrench, re set the button, but it won't move, just humming....does the unit need to be...


Don't keep running the disposal when it is humming or motor will burn up.
You might need a plumber, and/or might need to replace disposal.

1) If the disposal cutter disc turns freely, and motor will not start then disposal has gone bad.

2) If disposal cutter disc is still stuck, then you might be able to salvage by removing two nuts on p-trap below sink.
P-trap drops free.
Remove 2 bolts holding tailpiece to side of disposal so you have access to plastic bag from below the cutter disc.
Keep removing plastic bag and keep working the wrench from below. It should eventually give way.
Put wood broomstick down sink opening and wedge broomstick against sink opening to get cutter disc to rotate.
Spray WD40 into opening to help lubricate the struck parts.

3) I wrote ez disposal replacement steps that also cover tips for reassembling p-trap.
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Sep 22, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Dishrag caught un disposal, pulled it out, blades turn, it just hums, it hums even when switch is turned on off!!


If cutter disk turns freely and motor hums, then motor winding has gone bad.
The humming sound means motor is overheating and will stop humming.

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Garbage Disposal Ace 2000 model 47982.... The water won't drain out of it and the sink is backed up and hasn't gone down for a whole day now. It seems like the blades are turning. I've been...


Hi David,

Are the blades actually turning or is just the motor running?
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.
If the motor runs, but the blades don't and they will move freely by hand, then the disposal needs repair.
If the blades are jammed with food, you can clear the jam with your hand and the allen wrench trick from underneath.
Once the disposer is freed up, run cold water down the drain for a few minutes to harden any grease build up inside. Then running the disposer should get rid of the hardened grease.
By the way, most disposers have a reset button on the bottom of the motor should your disposer jam and turn off or trip your breaker.

Orange peels, etc. will not harm your disposer. A good way to keep it clear is to put egg shells down it periodically. The shell action will scrape junk off the inside of the disposer.

You can also keep the disposer clean of grease buildup by pouring some baking soda in the disposer followed by a mix of hot water and vinegar.

Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,

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May 06, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have a Badger 5 (5-81A). The motor is humming when it's turned on, however, the blade does not turn. The blade does seem to move freely. Tried reset and hex key but still nothing.


you have something stuck in it more than likely,, use the key ( unplug it first) and turn it backwards,, keep looking inside with a flashlight for the lodged object once you see it,, remove it,, sometimes the key won't work if its something caught in the blades themselves, so use the handle end of a broom or plunger with a wooden handle to push on the blade itself to turn the unit over

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The disposal only hums. I can turn the blades inside so there is no food stuck. I know there is a reset button but cant locate it.


I had the same problem, it was just humming, then after a few second the on board circuit breaker would cut out. After a little while I could hit the reset button and it would just hum again.

It turns out that the base of the disposal was jammed. There are 2 blades on the top that should spin freely, but the base plate that the blades are attached to also spins. In fact, that's what the motor drives. The two blades on top are not powered, they just flip back and forth as the base spins. So get a broom handle or a strong wooden spoon, stick it down in there, and try to pry the base plate free so it spins. That should do it.

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InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It hums but doesn't work. The wrench moves freely ...


If the blades move freely with the wrench and stick and motor hums then it sounds like it is time to replace the unit. Have you tried the reset switch? If it is humming than it is probably not tripped but worth a try. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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In sinkerator will only "hum" and not run to grind food


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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The capacitor is probably bad, that's what makes it start to rotate. It's under the metal case on the side of the motor. Pull it off and take it to a motor to to replace.

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