Our Maytag food disposer (garburator) model # sdp9000aax (barely 7
years old) broke down with the motor continually running. No problem,
I figured out that the integral switch within the sink cover was stuck
in the "on" position.
I took the disposer apart. The switch was stuck in the ON position
because the seal that prevented water to exit at that point (switch
depressor) was eroded to nothing. Water was flowing freely into the
switch assembly and eventually jammed it in the ON position.
No problem once again. Order switch, replace switch, reassemble unit:
The switch is sold for a healty 75$us, 125$cdn !!! Now there that is a
problem. And we collectivelly wonder why North America is going
bankrupt! I suppose we do not purchase enough of these items.
I went to a local electronic parts shop found the exact same switch
(15 amps/110 volts) for 2,45$ (made in the USA NOT China.) Go figure.
It turned out that the corrosion that developped without our knowledge
during the extended period made the mounting structure around the
"switch depressor" too leaky.
I "condemmed" the cover switch depressor with silicon to waterproof
and simply installed a standard rocker swich on the side with the
wiring coming out from a hole drilled through the stainless shroud.
Works like new except for the fact that we must open the cupboard to
turn the garburator on. Initial reception by spouse improved by cost
issue divulged! The repair people had the unit "scapped" because of
the switch cost along with the main structure that was corroded by the
Hope this helps someone soon!