Broken Garbage Disposal

With the holidays approaching and more use of the kitchen and appliances, we receive many calls regarding the garbage disposal.

COMMON PROBLEM:
Humming Noise or Flywheel is Stuck on My Garbage Disposal:
If the garbage disposal won’t turn on but makes a humming sound when you flip the switch, it won’t do that for long. That means you have a stuck flywheel and the reset button on the unit itself or the fuse or circuit breaker in your electrical service panel will trip and turn off very quickly. The flywheel is stuck because something is lodged between it or the impeller(s) and the shredder ring. This is very common with disposals.

•To start the repair, turn off power to the garbage disposal at the electrical service panel.
•Reminder: Don’t ever put your hand down into the garbage disposal hopper (grinding chamber).
•Take the offset wrench that came with the disposal unit and insert the wrench into the flywheel turning hole in the bottom of the unit. If you don’t have the wrench you can pick one up from the hardware store that sells your garbage disposal.
•Once the wrench is inserted, turn it clockwise to dislodge the stuck impeller or flywheel. When it dislodges, you’ll feel the flywheel turn freely.
•Another approach is to try and use a wooden broom-handle or similar wooden object to free the stuck impeller and flywheel from the top of the unit through the drain.
• Use leverage to try and free the stuck flywheel. As before, when it dislodges you’ll feel the flywheel turn freely.

If this does not work, contact Duncan Plumbing Solutions. We can repair or install a new garbage disposal.

Duncan Plumbing Solutions | Phone: 972-937-0040 | info@duncanplumbingsolutions.com | www.duncanplumbingsolutions.com | Cedar Hill Plumber 75104 | Duncanville Plumber 75116 | Desoto Plumber 75115 | Mansfield Plumber 76063 | Waxahachie Plumber 75165 |Master License # M-39624

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