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Troubleshooting Garbage Disposals

Safety Tip: If dismantling the Disposal or working on electrical connections, shut off power at the main disconnect. Never put your hand in the Disposal. Use pliers or tongs to remove an object. Never pour a chemical drain cleaner into a Disposal.
You can't turn on the motor
Check for:   Remedies:
  • No power
  • Defective on/off switch
  • Tripped overload protector switch
  • Defective motor
  • Check the fuse box/circuit breaker, and if the disposal is plugged into a wall outlet, check the outlet
  • On continuous feed models, check the wall switch
  • On batch-feed models, check he stopper switch
  • If the flywheel is jammed, free it. Then, push the reset button
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
Motor hums, but unit doesn't grind
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Jammed flywheel
  • Frozen motor bearings
  • Free the flywheel
  • Call a qualified contractor. You'll may have to buy a new unit

  • Contact A-Robinson
The disposal continuously blows fuses
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Too many appliances plugged into the circuit
You can't stop the disposal
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Defective on/off switch
The disposal drains slowly
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Not enough water
  • Clogged drain line
  • Disposal isn't grinding finely enough
  • Run more cold water when using the disposal
  • Don't use harsh chemical agents
  • Flush with hot water to remove a grease clog, then remove the drainpipe and clear it
  • Replace a dull shredder ring or any broken flyweights

  • Contact A-Robinson
The disposal is making an unusual amount of noise
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Metallic object in the unit
  • Loose mounting screws are loose
  • Broken flyweight
  • The motor is defective
  • Inspect the unit and fish out the object with thongs or forceps
  • Tighten the mounting screws
  • Replace the broken flywheel
  • Call a qualified contractor

  • Contact A-Robinson
There is a leak in the disposal
Check for:   Remedies:
  • Loose sink connection
  • Loose drain connection
  • Damaged housing gasket
  • Tighten the flanges holding the gaskets or replace the gaskets
  • Tighten the drain flanges or replace the drain gasket
  • Replace the gasket

  • Contact A-Robinson
Tips Source: AllAboutHome.com
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