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If your disposal hums but doesn't turn:
By dakota from Denver, CO
If your garbage disposal is not working, there could be several reasons for that. This is a guide about troubleshooting your garbage disposal.
I was told once when renting an apartment when my garbage disposal was stuck, and not working like it was suppose to. Take a broom handle and swirling it around turning the blades as you go round and round.
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My disposal has not worked for months. It stopped moving or even making noise. The reset button doesn't work and a hex wrench doesn't seem to fit on this model (I've used it on previous models). Also, the water will not drain. Sometimes I can get it to go down to a certain point, but not all the way. When I run the dishwasher, the sink fills with water, but then goes back down. I can't figure out exactly what I need to do or fix. Please help!
You need to clear the clog first. Then unplug the disposal and check that.
call the 800 number on the sticker and ask them what size hex. Lowe's will have them or they may even send you one. Have you tried putting baking soda in it, then pouring in boiling vinegar? It cleans out many clogs.
Ours is dead but it is 20 years old. How old is yours?
Ace Hardware (if you have one in your area) will usually help with finding the correct size wrench but their site states you can use a standard 1/4-inch Allen wrench.
If you have not been able to clear it you might ask support. Here is a link that might be able to answer your question.
Which way is a garbage disposal suppose to spin clockwise or counter clockwise?
By Ez from Cincinnati
How old is the disposal? How often do you use it? It might simply be time to replace it. The life of an average garbage disposal is anywhere from 5 to 10 years and the chopping life function depends on the type of blades it has.
I don't know if it's possible but if you're handy and it's doable perhaps you could check into replacing the blades?
PS, I have no clue which direction a disposal spins. You could probably find out by calling a disposal manufacturer. ;-)
It just makes a noise. How can I fix it?
Here is a great link.
My garbage disposal is makings metal shavings under the sink. It seems to be working alright, but makes a mess under the sink. What causes this and what can I do to correct it?
By Bernice W
You need to disconnect the power to this disposer and then remove it. Something is wrong and and you could get hurt. If you can't, call a plumber. Do not stick anything down it, do not try to fix it while it is connect to electricity.
How do you clear a garbage disposal?
By Nancy S
You say clearing not cleaning so, Every disposal comes with an allen wrench that fits into a hole made to accept the wrench in the bottom of the disposal. Turn the wrench counterclock wise. If you do not have the wrench go to a hardware store or a big box store and buy one. The people in the appliance or plumbing area will know what they are and how to use it. If you mean cleaning run ice cubes through the unit.