I am having problems with my disposal locking up.
I free it up using either an allen wrench from the bottom and also using a socket from above.
But a day later, it locks up again. I could see nothing jammed in the blades?
I just replaced my disposal a few days ago. It had been sounding weird
for the past couple of months so I suspected something was up. Then
last week it started acting similar to what you describe - it would
stop grinding, but the motor was still groaning and laboring. I rotated
it with the allen wrench and it would run for a little while then stop
again. As far as I could tell, there was nothing actually jammed in
there. Then the motor finally gave up the ghost for good. I think it
just plumb wore out from age. The thing is at least 10 or 15 years old,
and I figured that's all I could really expect out of it so I replaced
it. My instinct told me it wasn't practical to fix it. My new one
supposedly has a 10-year warranty.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 7 Jan 2019 16:00:38 -0800 (PST), Andy
My guess is it's something small, but not positioned to go down the
?? Take out the disposal, turn it upside down and shake it?? Wouldn't
be surprised if that doesn't work, although you could hot wire it and
test it before re-installing.
Still, they're pretty cheap and almost all fit in the same bracket in
the sink. In fact you can probably buy the very same model, or at least
one the very same size which connects to the pipes in the very same way.
iIRC 90% are made by insinkerator, even if sold under other names.
If you have the other 10%, even they might use the same bracket -- check
-- but if it has the allen wrench hole in the bottom, I think that's an
The first time mine broke, for fun if nothing else, I spent a lot of
time trying to take it apart. I coudln't do so in a way that would have
permitted re-assembly. IIRC I got nowhere.
I found it hard to install, to lift with my arms extended and then
twist, and ended up using a little floor jack underneath it. Maybe I
put books under the rear wheels. (One of the cheap little ones. A much
bigger one woudln't fit) It made it much, much easier. I've done it
this way more than once.
On Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7:00:41 PM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
Once you free it up, does it then spin freely or is there friction?
Could be the bearings are rusted up, failing. Also, any noise when it
runs that would indicate something could be in there? If there is no
noise from anything in there and it doesn't spin easily, I'd say time for
a new one. How old is it?
Another thing, if you try to free it up and are turning it in the direction
it normally goes, if there is something blocking it, then I would think
you couldn't turn it that direction. But if it's bearings that are
seizing, then with some force you could. And tried in the reverse direction,
if it's a block, then it should turn easily, if it's bearings it will
require force in either direction. That's assuming it's some hard object
that would be blocking it. I suppose it could get fouled with something
that isn't hard, but instead stringy or similar, in which case I guess
it would be the same difficulty in either direction.
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