My garbage disposal seems to have given up the ghost. It just quits
after a few seconds of running and I can see a few tiny puffs of smoke
coming from it. I can reset it and it'll work for a few more seconds
before it dies again. Is this something that can be fixed or is it
time for a new one?
a) is there a string of some sort wrapped around the rotating bar?
b) did you "dry-run" it? many garbage disposals will overheat if there is
not water running through them while they are on
Hope this helps,
PS: I purchased a new one from Wal*Mart for $25
I purchased these bargain jobs, probably three or four in a sequence. They
each lasted about 2 to 4 years due to erosion or corrosion of the soft metal
(aluminum?) grinding chamber which led to leakage. Gave up and bought a
good GE. Lated about 15 years and irrepairably jammed. Replaced with an
Insinkerator with a long warrantee and a stainless grinding chamber. Still
like new after 10 years.
So, my experience is that, to some significant extent, this is one area
where you get what you pay for.
It's the smoke that makes it work -- but the smoke has to be kept
inside: once the smoke gets out the thing's no good any more.
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Just when I thought it was safe to put away my checkbook. :/
Is this a do-it-yourself kind of job for a moderately able handiman?
If so, any suggestions on where to turn for a tutorial or instructions?
One last comment. If you install the disposal yourself, the hardest thing
to do is to holding it up while you try to attach (clamp) it the sink. If
you're doing it yourself, one hand is holding the disposal and the other
trying to adjust the clamping mechanism---very strenuous and tiring. My
final solution was to support the disposal with a small car jack and slowly
crank it up to it's mating connection. You just have to be very careful you
don't put any pressure on the bottom of the sink.
Thanks for the additional info, MLD. Perhaps I'll wait until the wife
is around to lend a hand. Out of curiosity, what's the danger of
putting pressure on the bottom of the sink? Will it pop out of
Believe me--wife will not be of any help. Space is usually tight and it's
hard to get two heads and four hands under the sink.
Yup--too much force and the sink will pop up with a nice PLUNK.
Fortunately, in my case, it PLUNKED right back when I lowered the jack a
bit. After much frustration trying to lift by hand the jack method was a
piece of cake. BTW, put a piece of wood between the jack and disposal to
give you a more stable platform.
Hey Art, I'm not sure how old the unit is. I moved into the house 4
years ago, so it's at least that. I did do some research on the
Consumer Reports website. Unfortunately, their #3 rated model, the
Kenmore 60554, doesn't seem to be available anymore. (Fairly typical,
it seems, that CR's recommendations can't actually be bought anywhere.)
Their #8 pick, the Kenmore 6011, is available and is around $65. It's
only a 1/2 horsepower model, but we don't do a lot of heavy grinding so
perhaps it'll do the trick.
MLD, I'll give your jack trick a shot. Thanks for the advice.
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