I went to flip on the disposal and all it does is hum. I CAN turn the
fly wheel with both the allen key and a broom so it is not stuck. I
have tried the reset button also but it was not tripped. My theory is
that the reset but is not working? I have replaced one in our previous
home so I am not opposed to doing that but I wanted to check here
first. Any ideas or similar experiences?
If it turns feely, and you can see the wheel inside moving, it is not stuck.
Make sure the wheel is moving and not just the allen wrench. It is possible
that the part that holds the wrench is broke off the shaft so you want to
eliminate that problem.
If it is humming, that means the motor is getting electricity, but cannot
start. Could be a few things, but taking a disposal apart usually is a PITA
and can be replaced easier and cheaper.
I agree, but I'll hazard a guess that what's screwed is either the
centrifugal motor starter switch or perhaps a broken wire joint
preventing current from flowing to the start winding.
Unless you're familiar with the operating principles of electric motors
and have a multimeter handy, it probably is better to just replace it.
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