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Getting Rid of Disposer Smell

Our disposer has had a lingering smell that we can't seem to get rid of. We've tried ammonia, baking soda, vinegar, and nothing worked. Is there some other way of getting rid of these smells

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Remove and clean trap underneath sink.
Then flush disposal and tubular drain with hydrogen peroxide

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SOURCE: BADGER GARBAGE DISPOSAL just humms. does not work.

It sounds like the disposer has something jamming it. Try using the breaker wrench supplied with the disposer (or a suitable-size hex wrench) fitted into the socket on the bottom. Rock the wrench back and forth to see if you can loosen the jam. Another trick is to use a wooden rod (end of a broom handle, for example) to push on the blade to try dislodging the jam. Look inside with a flashlight to see if there is something that is easily missed. (I have found drink can tabs, coins and a shelf clip that way.)

It's also possible the motor starting capacitor inside the disposer or the motor itself is bad, in which case you would probably spend less on a new disposer than on repairing this one. But a jam is more likely.

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SOURCE: garbage disposer drain pipe is lower than the p-trap

Sorry you are doomed. The only other way to install is to have a plumber come back out and lower the drain in the wall.

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Fred Yearian

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SOURCE: badger 5 garbage disposer does not grind

Some say to put a load of ice cubes in and run it.

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SOURCE: My Ace 2000 is very loud, like their is a fork in


You are exactly right. Knife, spoon, fork , whatever. that metal on metal sound is produced in the flail chamber.

Get a flashlight and have a look inside.

Needle nose pliers can be handy for extraction.


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SOURCE: The power was working fine but water was back up


Check the reset button...

Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going on with your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed


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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.
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