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My disposal turns freely with the tool provided and nothing appears to be stuck. When I turn the switch on it runs for maybe 20 seconds then the reset button pops and it turns off and smells hot. Any idea on what the problem may be?

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If the disposal had previously been stuck, or running very hard for a long time, then the motor is probably partially burned out. When this happens, the insulation on the windings melts a little, which shorts them out making the effective turns of wire in the coil less, making the resistance lower, making the coil even hotter. Motor burn-out tends to be a run-away kind of thing. You might be able to get by for a while just running it very briefly, but I think you are running on borrowed time. Sorry. Good luck, Al K

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Be aware that the wheel that makes up the entire floor of the grinding chamber is the part that rotates. There are two lugs mounted on this wheel that rotate freely, but they are not driven by the motor. There's a hole in the bottom middle of the disposer where you can insert an allen wrench (there may be a special disposer tool already in the cabinet) and turn the motor manually. If the motor does turn freely, but the disposer still hums and doesn't stat, that'll mean there's a problem with the motor's starter circuit. You or a motor repair shop could open up the motor and check the resistance of the windings, the centrifugal starter switch, etc., but your best value at this point, especially with an entry level model such as a badger 5, is to replace the disposer. If you get another one made by insinkerator you can install the new one in like three steps.

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