Trouble Shooting Garbage Disposals

If your garbage disposal isn’t working, there could be several reasons for the issue. Here are some common troubleshooting steps to help you identify and potentially fix the problem:

  1. Check Power Supply:

– Ensure that the garbage disposal is properly plugged into the electrical outlet, or if it’s hardwired, check the circuit breaker or fuse box to ensure the circuit isn’t tripped.

  1. Reset the Disposal:

– Most garbage disposals have a reset button located on the bottom or side of the unit. Press the reset button to see if that resolves the issue. If it pops out, it indicates a previous overload or jam.

  1. Jam in the Disposal:

– A common reason for a garbage disposal not working is a jam. If you hear a humming noise when you turn it on, there might be something stuck in the disposal. Follow the steps in the previous answer to clear the jam.

  1. Overloaded Motor:

– Garbage disposals have a thermal overload protection feature that can temporarily shut down the motor if it overheats. Allow the disposal to cool down for about 15-20 minutes, then try resetting it.

  1. Tripped GFCI Outlet:

– If your garbage disposal is plugged into a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet, it may have tripped. Press the “Reset” button on the GFCI outlet to restore power.

  1. Wiring or Switch Issues:

– Inspect the wiring and switches connected to the disposal. If you see loose or damaged wires, they may need to be repaired or replaced.

  1. Faulty Motor or Motor Capacitor:

– If none of the above solutions work, there may be a problem with the garbage disposal’s motor or its capacitor. These components may need to be replaced, which typically requires professional help.

  1. Worn-Out Disposal:

– If your disposal is very old and none of the above steps resolve the issue, it might be time to consider replacing it.

If you’ve tried these troubleshooting steps and your garbage disposal still isn’t working, contact K-Tech Plumbing to further diagnose, repair, or replace.

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