I hope I didn't totally blow up my garbage disposal.
I was washing dishes and turned on the disposal. I heard that aweful
grind which we all know as something in there that doesn't belong. I
immediately turned it off. It wouldn't turn on again.
After waiting and finding the red switch, I turned it on again. A low
quite humming sound- not the normal sound. Does it sound like I blew
up the motor?
It sounds jammed.
Turn off the power, and try to rotate the armature with the hexagonal
wrench that came with the disposal. Try to work it back and forth.
When you free the jam, reach down in there and remove the indigestible item.
Probably not. It's supposed to stop running before that happens, and
the red button is supposed to come out, as it did. The fact that,
after you push the red button, it still hums mean the motor is doing
something, it's trying, but it's not turning.
Once the red thing trips again, it's as if the power switch is off,
but don't rely on that, and turn the switch off.
Is there a hex-shaped hole in the center bottom. Do you have a hex
wrench that fits it, especiallly the one that came with the disposal
and is bigger than most and has two identical ends with obtuse angles
instead of right angles like most allen wrenches? Use that to try
to turn the hex shaped hole, back and forth until it frees up.
Once it frees up, do you hear anything rattling around in there?
Did you let something drop into the disposal, or do you think
something came from the dishwasher?
If the screen in the bottom of dishwasher is in one piece, and/or if
you have an anti-siphon thing on top of your sink, it's less likely
something from the dishwahser made it to the disposal, but who knows.
If you are sure there is no hex shaped hole, then a broom handle from
the top is what a lot of people use to try to free up the mechanism.
Sounds a lot more effective.
I remember using a broom, or watching someone, but I have no idea
where. It wasn't here and no other place I've lived has had a
disposal. The only place my mother owned that had a disposal had one
that made terrible noises, and we never used it. I was too young or
too stupid to realize it was broken. The same house had a dishwasher
that filled the kitchen with steam. I thought that was normal.
If it is not humming when turned on, thermal switch popped. Feel around
at the bottom of motor after it cools off, you'll feel little button
popped. Push it to reset. And using hand crank hex kek free it up, then
Do this in the following order.
1. Take a flashlight and look through the fingered opening. Use forceps or
slender fingers to see if you can find what is in there.
2. If that doesn't work, take the hex wrench that came with it and go in
the cabinet under the bottom and try to work it loose with the wrench.
You'll still have to look down from the top to see what's stuck in there.
3. If and after you remove the problem particle, push the red button on the
bottom to make sure it's in.
4. Run water and turn on the switch.
5. If it runs, ok. If not, and it hums, there's still something lodged in
there, and you have to repeat the steps and remove it.
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