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John Journeyman Appliance Repair Technician
John Journeyman Appliance Repair Technician

Hello, everyone! My name is John and I am an appliance repairman.

I like to document my service calls by sharing what issues I found and how I fixed them through my blog.

Today, I want to share with you five easy steps to troubleshoot and repair your garbage disposal.

If you’re experiencing issues with your disposal not working or just making a humming sound, read on for some helpful tips.

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Number one the very first thing you should check is if there’s anything jammed inside the garbage disposal because that happens to be the beginning of all troubles.

The best way to do  is to turn off the power to the garbage disposal by unplugging it under the sink, next you will need a flashlight and something like a screwdriver that you can reach in there with the power off you could reach in there with your hand but, I prefer not to do that because it’s all slimy in there I like to just go in there with a screwdriver and what you’re looking for is the impellers or the blades that crush and grind the food, basically what you’re trying to do is see if those blades are spinning freely, so for example, I got a blade right there that should spin pretty freely and if we look at the other side see that little white thing that’s jammed in between the impeller and the bottom of the garbage disposal, i’m gonna have to get that out before we continue well that took a little bit of effort and as much as, I don’t like to do so i’m gonna have to stick my hand in here to try to fish that little piece out so it doesn’t get jammed again there it is it’s a piece of plastic, so just do your best use whatever you can to try to dislodge whatever’s stuck in there and get it out let’s move on.

Number two most garbage disposals are gonna have a little reset switch or a breaker.

Garburator Reset Switch
Garburator Reset Switch

That will trip if the garbage disposal is overloaded or if something is jammed in there and you continue to run it luckily that reset button is very easy to check and reset it is typically found on the bottom of the garbage disposal it’s this little red button over here is all you need to do is just press it and typically if it is tripped you’re going to hear a click but either way that’s an easy thing to check and try maybe that will get your disposal. 

Number three is to check for a tripped GFI outlet as that could be interrupting the power going to the garbage disposal.

Garburator GFI outlet
Garburator GFI outlet

Now this can be a little bit tricky for most people will think that the outlet should be somewhere around the garbage disposal but that is not always the case it could be across the room in the kitchen or it can even be in the living room in fact quick storytime when we were living in a rental unit about a year back half of our kitchen stopped working the lights in half of the kitchen and half of the appliances just power went out, I checked all the outlets you know all the little reset buttons everywhere, I checked the breakers all the breakers nothing tripped, everything is good for the longest time, I could not figure out what’s wrong and it turns out that the GFI outlet that was outside was tripped and that was wired up to half of the kitchen so when you’re looking for a GFI outlet that may be tripped, I recommend just looking everywhere and if you get lucky maybe your only problem is that tripped GFI switch press the red button to reset it and you should be good to go.


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Number four most new garbage disposals are going to come with a little wrench.

Garburator little wrench
Garburator little wrench

Now this can be a little bit tricky for most people will think that the outlet should be somewhere that you can use it to manually spin the garbage disposal so that if there’s anything stuck or jammed in there you could try to dislodge it by spinning it with that wrench if you’re like me and you have no idea, where that wrench is you, ‘re not alone all you would need in that case is just an allen wrench set and for most disposals the size that you’re going to need is a quarter inch and if we go back to the bottom of our garbage disposal the hole where you would stick this in is right on the bottom of the disposal so let’s put my allen wrench in and i should be able to spin it freely both ways if there’s something stuck in there of course this is going to be hard to spin so you could try to just go back and forth back and forth to try to free up those impeller blades mine is spinning nice and free so that’s good this allen wrench method may be especially helpful if you have something small jammed in there and you’re having a really hard time trying to get it out with a screwdriver or something else now this may be the time when i need to deliver some bad news to some of you if you’re able to freely spin the garbage disposal manually with the wrench yet when you go to turn it on instead of hearing this nice spinning sound all you’re getting is a hum that means that most likely your garbage disposal is toast and you’re gonna have to get a new one but before you go ahead and get a new one there is one last resort and that is tip.

Number five this is the trusty old method.

Trusty Old Method
Trusty Old Method

Of if it doesn’t work when CK it with a hammer and I know that sounds funny but you’d be surprised I’ve gotten a dryer to work before more than once by smacking it in a furnace and air conditioner where the motor is not working you hit it really hard and just starts working so it’s definitely worth a shot and I’m sure many of you in the comments can testify that the smacking method has worked for you in fact if it has please let us know in the comments below to do this method we will once again need to go under the sink you’re going to take a hammer or a mallet or something else and just start tapping on the sides of your garbage disposal if you’re planning on throwing it away, anyway you could probably go a little harder if you’re not sure then. I highly recommend tapping not smacking just firmly tapping all around it if you’re ready to throw it away then you could probably put a little more strength in it but obviously you’re not trying to break it you’re trying to just free it up I like to use a nut driver or something not sharp to also go from the top and just tap it from the top as well if this method worked for you congratulations if it didn’t my condolences well guys and that is all. 


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Garburator Repair Service in Edmonton
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Garburator Repair Edmonton (587) 418-4440


The most common reason why garbage disposals fail is along with four other maintenance and prevention tips.

Garbage Disposals Die
Garbage Disposals Die

So let’s start with number one the most common reason why garbage disposals die and that is simply because they don’t get used really it’s recommended to be using them every couple of days, if you don’t use garbage disposal for a long time the blades on it they start to rust and get stuck and after not being used, for a long time the next time somebody turns it on it might just sit there and hum and fail to start so if you have a garbage disposal that you wish to keep alive make sure you exercise it every couple of days moving on.

Number two always have a cold or warm water running never hot while the disposal is operating.

So let’s start with number one the most common reason why garbage disposals die is That way all the stuff that is chopping and grinding up will go down the drain instead of staying in the garbage disposal.

Number three don’t throw hard leftovers into the garbage disposal.

What Not To Put in Garbage Disposal
What Not To Put in Garbage Disposal

It is not meant to replace the trash can so things like rubber plastic paper metal should not be going in there or some other hard items such as eggshells seafood shells the nuts from fruits or some bones you don’t want to be putting down there either if possible keep the things that you throw in there small chopped up and softer the hardest thing you should be throwing in there are probably ice cubes.

Number four is if you have bad odors coming out of the garbage disposal.

Lemons Chopped Maintenance
Lemons Chopped Maintenance

What you could do is throw some lemons chopped up or some oranges into the drain or if you have some leftover peels of oranges or lemons you can throw them all in there and with some water running run the garbage disposal not only will that give you a nice lemony smell those peels also have citric acid in them which is antibacterial, So not only does it give you a good smell it also disinfects the disposal while it’s at it.

Number five every once in a while you should sharpen the blades in your garbage disposal.

Ice Cubes, Deep Clean
Ice Cubes, Deep Clean

By putting some ice cubes down the drain and if you would like to do a deep clean while you’re at it along with the ice cubes you could also add half a cup of baking soda and about a cup of vinegar and then you open the water and run the garbage disposal not only is that ice gonna sharpen the blades it’s also gonna take any of the gunk off the walls of the garbage disposal and if you’re adding vinegar and baking soda to the mix that will also clean it up nice and good and before I wrap it up.

I got one last tip. I’ve went to quite a few dishwasher service calls.

Dishwasher Inlet
Dishwasher Inlet

The dishwasher was not draining and the reason for that was actually the garbage disposal one of the questions, I like to ask right in the beginning if a dishwasher is not draining I asked the homeowner did you replace the garbage disposal recently if the answer is yes then almost guaranteed that that is the problem most of the new garbage disposals will come with the knockout plug that needs to be knocked out before you hook up that dishwasher hose to it and a lot of people forget to do that and the next time they run their dishwasher well it doesn’t drain, so if you come across a dishwasher that is not draining that is a good thing to check first. well, guys and that is all I had for you I hope you found this page helpful and if you have some disposal tips of your own that I did not mention on this page, please let us know in the email of the contact form below thank you so much for reading this page. 


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Garburator Repair Service in Edmonton
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