ALWAYS SHUT OFF POWER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO WORK
ON GARBAGE DISPOSAL
TYPES OF GARBAGE
There are mainly
two types of garbage disposal.
(with the switch under cabinet or on wall near by)
(the switch is in the drain, actives when food is feed into drain)
The most common problem with garbage disposals are:
blades or food cutter.
Tripped motor circuit breaker
Stopped Rotor Blades
Food cutting rotor
blades are located in the drain. These blades become stuck because of things
like chicken bones and other hard waste.
To fix you can cut
off the power, get a flashlight and carefully investigate using a knife to free
the objects. If you can not clear with fork or knife, you can use a jam buster
wrench to free the blade if the motor will not turn.
Tripped Motor Breakers
Objects stuck in
the disposal drain will many times cause an overload in the motor that will trip
a small red circuit breaker button under the garbage disposal.
attempt to start the disposal the unit will hum.
To reset: push
the button (located under the motor) back in to restart garbage disposal motor.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL TROUBLE SHOOTING
Disposal will not come on: check switch under the sink or on the wall.
Check the circuit break panel in basement.
(Note: Automatic garbage disposals may need food object in the drain to activate.)
If switches and breaker are ok pull the base plate off the bottom of the garbage
disposal and test for power with
If there is voltage and motor hums, there still may be something in the drain.
Use jam buster.
If voltage is there and motor will not run and there is no hum, you probably
need a new disposal.
Always turn off circuit breaker panel and cut off switch before removing any
wire nuts and disconnecting wires.
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