My garbage disposal suddenly stopped working. No sound, no movement when I
flipped the switch. Is there some sort of fuse or breaker in the disposal
unit or something I should look for? I can't seem to find anything on it.
Thanks in advance,
As Rick said, look for a red reset button on the bottom, which may have
tripped if the unit became jammed. There may also be a hex "Allen" fitting
in the center of the bottom which a wrench fits in to loosen the disposal
I located the reset switch. Turns out the first time I looked I thought
that was a screw. Anyways the disposal is back on, but when I turned it on,
it grinds for about 2 seconds and then the noise dropped to a whistle, as if
the motor is weakened and about to die...it does not seem to function as
well, is this a jammed condition or something else is wrong?
I have no idea. Bought the house in 1999 and it was already there, so at
least six years.
Not sure I want to hire a plumber to fix it when it may be better to just
replace it with a new unit. I am pretty handy for the most part, but
electrical is not my strong point, do they all have standard fittings if I
buy a new unit? There is an electrical cord coming from behind the cabinet
wall into the unit, not sure how to detach that and hook it to a new unit.
most units just have the wire running behind a removable plate that
has screws for the wire to hook up to. Just find the breaker for the
disposal and remove the wiring from the screws. Then remove the
disposal and replace with the new one. The new one will have
installation instructions. Obviously, all you have to do is reverse
the procedure to remove the old one.
About an hour job if you take your time.
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