Is my garbage disposal worth fixing?

If it’s actually broken, it’s not worth fixing.

In fact, it’s not possible to fix it even if you want to, because the manufacturers don’t make replacement parts available.

Frigidaire Garbage Disposal

However it might not actually be broken, so here are some things to check:


If it’s wired direct and there’s no plug, stop and call me.

Problem and solutions:

It’s dead. No hum. Nothing.

  1. Make sure the outlet works.
  2. Look under your sink and find the outlet that the disposer plugs into. Unplug it and plug in a small lamp.
  3. If the lamp doesn’t work, you have a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse in your home, or you need an electrician.
  4. 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.
  5. If it doesn’t hum, you need a new disposer.

If hums but doesn’t run, it’s jammed: See if your garbage disposal came with a small wrench that looks like this:

If you have one, insert it into the hole in the bottom of the disposer and try to move it back and forth and see if you can un-jam the disposer.If you can free it up, you’re all set.

If not, the disposer needs to be replaced. In that case, let me know. I’ll be happy to install any disposer you buy yourself, or can pick one up for you, if you want.

Leaking from the bottom of the disposer
Sorry. It’s not fixable. You need a new disposer. Your disposer is broken and it’s not coming back.

Filling up with water
If the disposal is running, but not draining, you have clogged pipes and need a plumber.


Drain Opener or Drain Cleaner won’t fix the problem and is very dangerous for the plumber you’ll eventually need to call.

Give me a call at (315) 514-0360 and I’ll be happy to help you figure out what’s wrong, over the phone at no charge.