So, you just finished the dishes and the water level in the sink has yet to go down the drain, so you hit your garbage disposal switch, you hear humming, but nothing happens. If this is the case, you're likely going to assume that your entire disposal unit is damaged and that it needs to be replaced. However, there are a few services that can be done without having to get messy or deal with any major tools. So, before you go out and shop for a new garbage disposal unit, consider doing the following:
Use The Flywheel hole Under Your Unit:
Chances are if your garbage disposal hums when you hit the on switch but doesn't work that, the blades that process items are stuck. These blades are likely contacting a food item too thick to penetrate, which are causing them to lock up. This can be due to the motor not being strong enough to slice through the food item, which is why manually spinning your blades can likely solve your problem. At the very bottom of your unit, there is a small hole, known as your disposal's flywheel. This hole will allow you to insert a small Hex tool, and manually spin your blades using your own force. This will help slice anything that may be blocking your blades, which will likely fix your problem.
It can be easy to overlook that this may be an electrical issue. Even though your disposal unit shows signs that it is powering on, it may not be receiving the full electrical input that it needs to power the entire motor. This can be due to a bad outlet socket, which is why you may want to try using the other socket attached to this. If this doesn't work, then it may be time that you reset the circuit breaker on your unit. This can be done by locating the red circuit switch on the bottom of your unit, and pushing it in. These two electrical diagnostics can help you fix your problem, so be sure to attempt them.
Use The Stick End of a Broom:
Though you tried using your flywheel hole, some food items can still be too tough to break down. If a large food item is positioned in an odd way then repositioning it can likely resolve your issues. A great way to do this is to use the stick end of your broom and insert it through your sink. Rotating the stick clockwise will help not only turn the blades but will help reposition any food it that may be stuck. Once the food item is repositioned, you can likely just turn your disposal on to finish the job.
These tips can help you repair your humming garbage disposal, without having to pay money on tools and services, which can save you a good amount of money. Not only will this save you money, but it will help you get your kitchen sink back in order, so you can continue cooking without being set back by kitchen sink complications. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Kaylor Appliance & Refrigeration Service.