Likely. If you go for a new one I'd suggest looking at Sears. Theirs are
badge-engineered ISEs and have the alternating direction feature even on
the lower models (ISE only had the feature on the top end). When I
replaced mine Sears was cheaper than the BORG for similar models (Kenmore
vs. ISE). The one I got had all the plumbing in the same place as the ISE
and used the same sink flange so I didn't even have to replace that. A
half hour and I was all done (I wish all plumbing jobs went that well).
Sounds like a bad centrifugal starter switch or the reversing switch if
it's one of those alternate rotation units.
Either way, unless you just enjoy the challenge of fixing things, you
are probably wiser to spring the $100 or so for a good quality new unit,
you'll probably have to pay $25 for replacement switch parts if you can
even buy them.
Did you try the reset button, if it has one? Figure a C-note for a decent
new one, not too hard to install if it isn't hardwired. If only 10 Y.O.,
probably plugs into a convenience outlet under sink.
I've never seen an Insinkerator with an overload switch that didn't kill
all power to the unit, so if it's humming it's odds on pressing the
reset button won't accomplish anything.
Figure a C-note for a decent
I agree on getting a new one, but I've usually found the wiring part
takes trivial time compared to the plumbing and mechanical stuff.
Why are yseveral of you guys making such a big deal over disconnecting
and reconnecting three wires and maybe a cable clamp? Unless maybe it's
a long trek to the breaker panel and someone's piled a punch of cartons
and old furniture in front of it <G>.
If it's already using a cord and plug you still have to remove that from
the old disposer (or buy a new one) and attach it to the new disposer.
I agree it would be a little easier to make those connections because
the the disposer can be lying on the floor rather than under the sink.
I guess what I was trying to say is that the effort required to neatly
mount and wire a box, receptical and cover plate (in that same cramped
area you mention) would probably be more than just leaving the wiring
system as it is, considering that it's usually only about a once every
ten year job. <G>
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