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Problem: Disposal will not turn on (no noise). First make sure the disposal is plugged in. If it is plugged in then press the red reset button located on the bottom of the disposal. If it has reset, the button will be popped out. If that does not work, check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped and turned off in the service panel. If the breaker has not tripped and the reset button is not popped out, then it is either 1.) A faulty switch or 2.) Garbage disposal. Locate the power switch for the disposal which is located on the wall or with some units it’s located under the sink. Turn off the service panel that powers the disposal. Replace switch. Turn the power back on the service panel and check the disposal to see if it works. If it still does not turn on and makes no noise, then the disposal is beyond repairing and needs to be replaced.
Problem: Flywheel is stuck/ Disposal will not turn on (makes a humming noise). If the disposal won’t turn on but makes a humming noise when you turn it on, then the flywheel is stuck. (It won’t hum for too long once the reset button, fuse, or circuit breaker trips and turns it off.) First always make sure the power is off at the service panel. Take the offset wrench that came if the disposal (or you can get one at your local hardware store) and insert the wrench into the flywheel turning hole on the bottom of the unit. Once inserted, turn it clockwise to dislodge the stuck impeller or flywheel. It will move freely once it is dislodged. Once it is freed, turn the power back on at the service panel but DO NOT turn the disposal on just yet. First run some tap water then switch the power on then off in short burst twice. The flywheel should spin and the obstruction dislodged should be washed down the drain.
Problem: Leaking Disposal. There are a number of places the disposal can be leaking from. Here are the 3 most common. Leak at the sink flange Turn off the power to the disposal at the service panel. Turn the disposal to the left at the mount (counter-clockwise from the bottom) to loosen and remove the unit from the flange. Tighten the three mounting bolts. If the bolts are already tight, then the problem could be failed plumbers putty. Loosen the bolts and push sink flange slightly above the sink surface. Force the putty between the flange and the sink, going completely around the flange. Tighten the bolts drawing the sink flange tight to the sink surface. The putty will ooze out. Just wipe the excess away. Reinstall the disposal and turn the power back on at the service panel. Check for leaks. Check the bolts holding the discharge pipe to the disposal unit for tightness. If that don’t work, loosen and remove bolts and pipe then replace the gasket. Re-install bolts and tighten.
Problem: Slow Draining. Slow draining can be caused by a number of things. If you’ve already ran the disposal long enough to try and clear it up and it’s not working chances are it’s clogged. *Never use drain cleaners with disposals! It will damage the disposal and probably won’t even work and all you’re left with is a sink full of harmful chemicals. Remove bolts holding the disposal discharge pipe. Disconnect the drain trap and remove both the trap and drain pipe. Check for obstructions or clogs. If there are none, then the clog is in the line going into the wall or beyond the vertical pipe going into the wall. Clear any obstructions with sink auger.
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