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Garbage Disposal Not working

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Kal, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Kal

    Kal Member

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    Hello,
    Our garbage disposal in the kitchen isn't functioning. Please do let me know if you can recommend somebody to do this job. Thanks in advance for all your help.

    Thanks
    Kal
  2. WesGurney

    WesGurney New Member

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    What is not working about it? If you turn it on and it hums/buzzes but doesn't actually spin, it probably is jammed. There is a hole on the very bottom of it that an alloy wrench can fit in. The hole is there so you can manually turn the motor to "unjam" it.

    If you still have you garbage disposal manual they should mention how to do this in there as well.

    Mine had this problem and after I put the alloy wrench in and twisted it a few times the garbage disposal was good as new.

    Good luck!
  3. Kal

    Kal Member

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    Thanks WesGurney. I think the motor is jammed as it hums/buzzes and doesn't actually spin. I have the manual with me and shall try the technique suggested by you.
    Kal
  4. christinaandrob

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    Kal, we had that happen to us too. The trick Wes mentioned should work. If it doesn't, I think it's cheaper to buy a new one than having it repaired. Or at least it used to be about 3 years ago :)
  5. Dawne

    Dawne HOAB Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    You should have gotten the allen wrench WITH the disposal. Sometimes it's taped to the side of the unit. Usually, the "wrench" will fit in a hole directly on the bottom of the disposal. Then, try turning it one direction - if it doesn't go...then turn it the other way.

    Wiggle the wrench until the disposal turns a bit. Then, you're going to have to stick your hand down the sink into the disposal and get out whatever caused the jam. Manufacturers recommend you turn off the power to the unit - NOT JUST AT THE SWITCH - But also at the fuse/breaker box BEFORE you stick your hand down there.

    It's a 5 minute fix - saving you about $50 plumber visit.

    Dawne
  6. Kal

    Kal Member

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    Thank you all guys (WesGurney, ChristinaandRob, Dawne). It was a motor jam only. We turned it using a wrench and it all works fine now.

    Thanks again
    Kal
  7. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    I wish plumbers only charged $50 for a visit!!

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