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bucksone 08-06-2007 08:39 PM

Garbage Disposer not working
I have an Insinkerator 1/2 hp disposer that is no longer working. The motor hums but that's about all. I tried using the allen wrench under the disposer and resetting the power button. The water that backs up in the sink will eventually go down after it's turned off, but no food waste. I don't know how old the disposer is, but it was in the house when we moved in eight years ago and it looks kind of rusty. Does it sound like I just need to replace it, or is there something else I should try first? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

StevePM 08-06-2007 09:19 PM

Sounds like the "blades" are stuck. Can turn the disposal around with the allen wrench? Only try this when the disposal is unplugged!

If you can't turn it with the allen wrench, you'll need to make sure it is unplugged (not just turned off), then reach in find out what's stuck.

If you can turn it with the allen wrench and it still just hums when you turn it on then it's time for a new disposal.

bucksone 08-07-2007 02:34 PM

I can turn it with the allen wrench, so I guess it's time for a new disposal. Thanks.

StevePM 08-07-2007 05:19 PM

No problem -- sorry to hear it wasn't an easy fix. Fortunately, they're not too hard to replace.

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