My garbage disposal had jammed up.
I got it free by putting a 1/4" allen wrench in the hole in the bottom
and moving it around.
Now it's _very_ loose! i.e. the "disk" (or whatever you call it) that
should do the grinding is not rotating at all.
Is this something I can fix or do I have to get an entire new
(The unit is rather old - it was already in the house when I moved in
almost nine years ago).
From your description of the symptoms, I suspect that your attempt to free
the jam may have loosened the nut that secures the flywheel/impeller
assembly to the motor shaft. The motor still runs, but the
flywheel/impeller assembly doesn't. Is this correct?
> Is this something I can fix or do I have to get an entire new
You need to ask yourself... Is it worth the time and money trying to fix it?
Yes, parts are available to repair garbage disposers, but beyond splash
guards, stoppers, gaskets and mounting assemblies, things like
impeller/flywheel assemblies, shredder rings, etc. will probably have to be
ordered directly from the manufacturer, assuming they still stock parts for
your particular unit. And, don't be surprised if these parts are more
expensive than you expect.
For a disposer that's served you well for 9 years, it doesn't owe you a
thing. Plus, if it's at least that old, chances are it doesn't grind waste
as well as it should.
One of the best units that Sears sells is on sale right now for $129.88
If this Sears unit lasts you another 9 years, it works out to $14.43 per
My suggestion is... Don't waste your time and money trying to fix an old
garbage disposer. Just buy a new one. And, unless you're all thumbs,
install it yourself. They're not that hard to put in and you'll save
yourself a few bucks.
On 17 Apr 2004 06:26:51 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Look at your problem logically...
You either have to fix the unit...or replace it. Either way, its
gotta come out! lol
So...take it out...then see if you can take it apart easily and repair
it yourself. If its beyond yer talents...or if you need any
Insinkerator used to make the units for Sears...I don't know if they
still do. At any rate, take the old unit with you when you go for the
replacement...or take any necessary measurements.
A 'similar model' won't be similar anymore...after nearly 10 years.
Have a nice week...
What do you call a smart blonde?
A golden retriever.
firstname.lastname@example.org dumped this in on 16 Apr 2004:
I've been a lurker here lately since I have some homeowner issues but I
did want to say that if you replace an older garbage disposal, the newer
ones are larger than what I used to have. I had to replace an old one,
and the sink trap, and some other plumbing had to be almost completely
reconfigured to fit the new one. Turned out to be more of a job than I
counted on. I still had to call in a plumber when some of the connections
weren't tight enough and I didn't feel like messing with it anymore.
email@example.com wrote in message
The carrier plate you see when you look down inside is loose?
Either the carrier plate has somehow unscrewed loose ( which means
removing the entire unit and taking it apart to check ) or the shaft
th carrier plate sits on is rusted ( again comes out and apart to
Appliance Repair Aid
You said it's an Insinkerator. When I last had to replace mine, the old
unit was a Sears, and I replaced it with an Insinkerator (made by the same
company that made the Sears unit). Both of them attached underneath the sink
with a rotating collar, so all I had to do (other than the wiring and
attaching to the drain)was unlock the old unit, drop it down, put the new
unit in place, and rotate the collar to lock it on. In other words, look for
a new disposer that's either the same brand, or at least made by the same
manufacturer, as the old one and you'll avoid having to disconnect/reconnect
any hardware to the sink itself.
I'd add my personal advice to avoid any cheap disposer that has an aluminum
That's right, those Insinkerators are a snap to change. The new ones fit
right into the old one's sink drain fitting.
If you haven't been eating your Wheaties lately and find it difficult to
hold the replacement unit up in place with one hand while you're turning
that locking ring with the other, try placing an automobile sciscors
jack under it. That worked great for me.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone
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