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Livonia38 07-21-2012 11:20 PM

Disposal outlet
 
Last week my disposal stopped working, I have swapped out the outlet and the switch,it appears this was an after thought since I found a junction box in the cupboard next to it.I have cut back and stripped wiring at both locations,checked my circuit and verified it's not the disposal.Any ideas?

k_buz 07-21-2012 11:36 PM

So you are saying that there is no power at the receptacle for the disposal. First thing I would do is turn the breaker for the disposal to the off position then back on and check for voltage at the receptacle.

If still nothing, then I would verify there is power leaving the breaker.

If yes, you have a loose connection somewhere between the panel and the receptacle. If no, replace the breaker.

MisterZ 07-21-2012 11:42 PM

Better explanation please.
Does the disposal outlet have power?
How do you know the disposal is ok?

If the switch and outlet work, the disposal is bad.
If the disposal works, but the outlet/switch dont, then either one or both are bad.
Where is the problem?

kbsparky 07-22-2012 03:57 AM

Feel under the disposal unit for a small reset button. Press it in when you find it, and it should start working again.... :whistling2:

k_buz 07-22-2012 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Livonia38 (Post 971356)
Last week my disposal stopped working, I have swapped out the outlet and the switch,it appears this was an after thought since I found a junction box in the cupboard next to it.I have cut back and stripped wiring at both locations,checked my circuit and verified it's not the disposal.Any ideas?

I'm not sure I am convinced of this, and I have a feeling we will never know the whole story.

Livonia38 07-22-2012 10:00 AM

Disposal outlet
 
First I appreciate the feedback, but yes I have tried the reset button the disposal, I verified the disposal works by plugging it in at a different outlet. The breaker has power,the fridge and the disposal are on the same circuit to my knowledge those are the only 2 on that circuit and has been since purchasing the home.At this point I'm thinking maybe another connection somewhere that I'm not aware of.

k_buz 07-22-2012 10:06 AM

Did you check for voltage at the junction box you remade the splices in?

Did you check for voltage at the switch?

If you know the fridge is on that circuit, did you pull the fridge receptacle out and check for connections in there? A backstabbed receptacle could be the culprit.

Livonia38 07-22-2012 10:10 AM

disposal outlet
 
Yes I check for voltage at the junction box and at new switch and outlet they both read 00.00, but no I have not tried looking at the fridge outlet,I will look at that today,thanks I'll post when I have looked at that.

Livonia38 07-22-2012 01:49 PM

Disposal outlet
 
Well I've checked the fridge outlet,it stands alone so the disposal is on another circuit.It's possible its on the kitchen circuit but have no way of telling with out hte outlet getting power, the rest of the kitchen is fine.Any ideas of a next step or just call an electrician?

MisterZ 07-22-2012 02:04 PM

Do your best to trace the circuit either to or from the panel.
If you know which breaker controls the disposal outlet, turn it off and check which devices go off with it.
Once you determine which devices are on this circuit, you may be able to track down where the problem lies.

A bit of investigation can go a long way, or calling in a professional is a good idea too:)

andrew79 07-22-2012 02:13 PM

Disposal may be on its own breaker. I know its tedious but it may be worth the ten minutes to check each breaker in your panel for voltage.

Livonia38 07-22-2012 02:18 PM

disposal outlet
 
Mister Z, what would be the best way to trace it out?T his will be my first time attempting.
Andrew 79, on my digital volt meter,whats the range I should be looking for per circuit in the panel?

MisterZ 07-22-2012 02:25 PM

Like i said, turn off breaker, check to see if any outlets or lights stop working.
This way youll know if anything else is on the circuit. You can buy a tool called "circuit detective" which helps locate what devices are on which breakers. Very helpful if you have a mismarked panel.

Voltage at the breaker will read around 120v. It is li,ely the disposal is on its own circuit tho.
If you are going to check voltage at panel, please be cautious. Black probe on ground bus bar, red probe on brass breaker nut. Set meter to correct voltage

Livonia38 07-22-2012 02:28 PM

disposal outlet
 
Ok I'll check out the panel,will post when done. Thanks

andrew79 07-22-2012 03:29 PM

Agreed and can't stress enough to make sure you have the right setting. A meter set to ohms on a live source has the potential to go off like a grenade.


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