1. On the bottom there should be a hex nut that, with the proper tool, can
be turned to free the machine.
2. If no nut - or you don't have the proper tool (available at the box
stores) - you can stick a broom handle in the business end and pry the
innards into rotating.
Some disposers have a wrench socket on the bottom so you can turn the
motor with a hex style (Allen) wrench.
If not, what I have done is use a broomstick or plunger handle. Stick
it down the drain and use it to break loose a jam.
Take appropriate precautions, and good luck
On some models, there is a 9/16" iirc nut on top of the spinner. A socket
on a long extension through the top and you can turn it in the opposite
direction. Do not know which way they made the threads on there, so be
careful and don't remove the spinner.
I use a flashlight and a pair of long needle nose pliers. It's usually a
bone or penny jammed inside. You can back it up with the pliers and take
out the problem. You need a good light. Don't turn it on with tools inside.
The few times it has happened to me, I unplugged the unit then reached
down with hand and got the fins inside to turn by force. Also recall
that there is a central nut (at least on some units) that you can use a
socket and extension to turn. Once it begins to turn problem was fixed
It freed up! I followed the suggestion of using a screwdriver to spin it
from the top (through the hole for the drain in the sink). There was no nut
on the bottom but a red button I did press.
At first, it made a horrific sound when it ran with water running. Clang
clang clang. Then, after a while (maybe 1 minute), it began to hum like in
the olden days.
I think it's fixed. Thanks to you guys!
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