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Old 08-23-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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I noticed the last few times I ran my kitchen disposal by turing off the electrical switch by the sink, the disposal/electric would run for a few minutes and then shut off.

Well today it would not shut off at all, I had to turn the breaker off and then unplug it. Monkeying around with it and trying the reset button on the bottom of the InSinkErator Badger 5 did nothing, it still constantly runs when I turn the breaker back on.

I looked at the outlet under the sink where the dishwasher and disposal plug in and tested the outlet with another appliance - coffee grinder - and it worked fine using the electrical switch by the sink it shut off and on correctly.

The Badger 5 rep on the phone said the disposal was manufactured in 2002. I then noticed when looking at disposal replacements the power cord is sold separately. Can I just replace the power cord? The blades are working fine.

I am not an electrician could I attempt this home repair myself??

Thanks,

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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There is no way a bad cord would make the disposal work with the switch off.

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Hi,
I noticed the last few times I ran my kitchen disposal by turing off the electrical switch by the sink, the disposal/electric would run for a few minutes and then shut off.

Well today it would not shut off at all, I had to turn the breaker off and then unplug it. Monkeying around with it and trying the reset button on the bottom of the InSinkErator Badger 5 did nothing, it still constantly runs when I turn the breaker back on.

I looked at the outlet under the sink where the dishwasher and disposal plug in and tested the outlet with another appliance - coffee grinder - and it worked fine using the electrical switch by the sink it shut off and on correctly.

Replace the switch.
The Badger 5 rep on the phone said the disposal was manufactured in 2002. I then noticed when looking at disposal replacements the power cord it sold separately. Can I just replace the power cord? The blades are working fine.

I am not an electrician could I attempt this home repair myself??

Thanks,

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Replace the switch.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
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Looking at the disposal again the cord may be part of the disposal - I'm not sure that it's separate.

Replace WHAT SWITCH? The electrical switch on the wall? The electrical switch works fine I just tested it again. Is there anyway to save money and just replace the electrical cord or does the entire disposal need replacement?

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Is this a half switched duplex receptacle? Perhaps the disposal was in the constant hot?

The cord is not the issue. The switch on the wall sounds like the problem.
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Hi,
I noticed the last few times I ran my kitchen disposal by turing off the electrical switch by the sink, the disposal/electric would run for a few minutes and then shut off.

Well today it would not shut off at all, I had to turn the breaker off and then unplug it. Monkeying around with it and trying the reset button on the bottom of the InSinkErator Badger 5 did nothing, it still constantly runs when I turn the breaker back on.

I looked at the outlet under the sink where the dishwasher and disposal plug in and tested the outlet with another appliance - coffee grinder - and it worked fine using the electrical switch by the sink it shut off and on correctly. The electrical appears to be working fine.

The Badger 5 rep on the phone said the disposal was manufactured in 2002. I then noticed when looking at disposal replacements the power cord is sold separately. Can I just replace the power cord? I'm not sure this cord is not part of the disposal. The blades are working fine.

I am not an electrician could I attempt this home repair myself?? Is there any way to save money and just replace the cord or does the entire disposal have to be replaced?

Thanks,

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I'm confused. How can the switch be the problem when I plug in the vacuum and turn the wall switch on and off it works fine. The electrical wall socket is standard there are no buttons and I've switched the plugs from top to bottom and the disposal works the same.

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Well its not possible for current to flow through an open working switch so you can rule that out. Wild guess is maybe that they switched the neutral and the disposal is somehow completing the circuit through the ground. It's almost a perfect storm scenario but it popped into my head so I figured I'd share.
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Hmmmm. Soooo replacing the disposal will not solve my problem? Could the electrical component in the garbage disposal be the problem?
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The disposal cannot create electric on its own. The power must come through the switch. If the switch is hanging up internally the power will continue to flow and the disposal will remain on.
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The unit is 10 yrs. old. I'd replace the disposal altogether.
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I would try to change a $1 switch before changing out a $80 disposal.
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Have you used an electrical tester on the switch and outlet yet?
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The unit is 10 yrs. old. I'd replace the disposal altogether.
This is not good advice...

Replacing the switch is...
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I don't have an electrical tester but I know someone who does.

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Ok the switch is replaced and the disposal works. Thanks guys!


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