Looking to repair your garbage disposal yourself? If your garbage disposal hums but won't operate properly, there may be a simple fix.
Follow these steps:
Press the reset button located on the bottom of the disposer. If this doesn't work, turn off the power switch and shine a flashlight into the drain.
Look for a foreign object such as a coin, plastic bread tie or staple.
Remove the item with pliers or a grasping tool. It is dangerous to put your hand inside a garbage disposal.
Look to see if your disposer has a hex key jam clearing tool under the sink or taped to the disposer.
Check for a slot at the bottom of the disposer where the tool can be inserted and turned back and forth to clear the jam.
Read our garbage disposal installation guide if you decide you need to remove and install a new garbage disposal.
In addition to garbage disposal plumbing, explore other Roto-Rooter kitchen plumbing services when you call 800-768-6911 or book an appointment online. Also, check out our garbage disposal cleaning tips to keep your disposer in top shape.
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