Frequently Asked Questions About Garbage Disposal Repair


  • It's dead. No hum. Nothing.
    • Make sure the outlet works.
      • Look under your sink and find the outlet that the disposer plugs into. Unplug it and plug in a small lamp.
      • If the lamp doesn't work, you have a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse in your home, or you need an electrician.
      • If the lamp works, check the bottom of the disposer for a small red button. It's usually square. If it's popped out, push it back in again and try the disposer again.

    • Hums but doesn't run.
      • It's jammed.
      • See if your garbage disposal came with a small wrench. If so,
          • Insert it into the hole in the bottom of the disposer and work it back and forth.
          • If you can move it back and forth, remove the wrench, try pressing the red button again and see if it works.
          • If you can't free it, or it still doesn't work, you need a new disposer.

    • Runs but doesn't drain
      You have a clogged drain pipe and need a plumber

    Still not sure what to do?

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