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Old 10-24-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Glass fell in Garbage Disposal - Now it just buzzes!


So I broke a glass in the sink and plenty of it fell down the drain into the garbage disposal. Worst part of the whole thing is that it was a favorite pint glass I brought home from Ireland 10 years ago! Anyway, I tried to get as much as possible out using my hands and a shop vac. When I ran water through it and hit the power, it made the horrible grinding sound I was hoping not to hear. So I hit it with the shop vac again, and couldn't see any pieces of glass in it. When I hit the power now, all I hear is a buzzing sound.

I don't really know how these things are constructed but I'm guessing it might be one of the following:

1. broken drive shaft due to glass jamming in somewhere and preventing it from moving, snapping the shaft

2. broken shear pin (if they even have one)

3. piece of glass jammed somewhere, not allowing the shaft to spin.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. It's only a couple years old, so I'd much rather fix it than just immediately swap it out.

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Old 10-24-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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if it's buzzin, i'm vote'n #3. It's likely jammed.

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Door #3

Remove, turn over, remove glass, test, replace.

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what kind is it ....some have alan wrench port on bottom to grind manualy if things get stuck.....BE CAREFUL THOUGH....make sure switch is off use wrench support disposal and turn wrench back and forth till is moves easy...TAKE OUT WRENCH....his switch ...repeat if needed or until clog is clear ..yes run water too....
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I have to go with the "remove it" crowd.....Yea, once you break it loose, it might break up all the glass.....BUT...do you really want glass down in your sewer pipes? Sorry....but it ain't going to desolve any time soon.

It's really not that hard to remove the disposal. If done right, they used compression fittings so you should be able to unscrew all the drain pipes.

Besides....even if you do break it free....good chance that a small piece will stay in there and your going to be hearing it for a long time.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
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If the garbage disposal jammed because of the glass, the overload switch probably kicked off.

I would make sure all the glass is removed by shining a flashlight into the drain.

Then, check under the garbage disposal where you will find a trip switch and press it in. That should get things back in order.

Make sure you're running the water when you flip the switch though.
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It would not make any noise if the overload was tripped. It is jammed. remove the unit and clear it.
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It would not make any noise if the overload was tripped. It is jammed. remove the unit and clear it.
As I recall, my garbage disposal buzzed when the overload was tripped. It worked after I pressed the switch in.
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As I recall, my garbage disposal buzzed when the overload was tripped. It worked after I pressed the switch in.
I find that hard to believe.....if the overload trips, there is no AC voltage going to the motor......translation...nothing to buz.

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