Quick fixes and tips for repairing common kitchen garbage disposal problems.
|Problem: Can’t turn the motor on|
On / off switch is defective
Overload protector switch is tripped
Check the fuse box / circuit breaker. If the disposal is plugged into a way outlet, check the outlet.
On continuous-feed models, check the wall switch. On batch-feed models, check the stopper switch.
If the flywheel is jammed, free it up. Then, push the reset button.
|Problem: Motor hums but unit doesn’t grind|
Flywheel is jammed
Motor bearings have frozen
Free the flywheel
Call a qualified professional. You’ll probably have to buy a new unit.
|Problem: The garbage disposal grinds things too slowly|
Not enough water
Improper waste in the unit
Dull shredder ring or broken flyweights
Run more cold water when using the disposal
Only dispose of materials allowed by the manual
Replace defective parts
|Problem: The garbage disposal is making an unusual amount of noise|
Metallic object in the unit
Mounting screws are loose
Flyweight is broken
Motor is defective
Inspect the unit and fish out the object with tongs.
Tighten the mounting screws
Replace the broken flywheel
Call a qualified professional