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Help! First disposal quit working, but no problem with dishwasher. (Original Post) Tipperary Mar 2020 OP
Call your local utility to see if they're doing work in the area. stopbush Mar 2020 #1
Yeah, it is getting power, I can hear the hum. Tipperary Mar 2020 #10
Then it's probably stuck. You need to get it to rotate, which you can do using that tool. stopbush Mar 2020 #11
I don't think so. Tipperary Mar 2020 #14
do you have an air gap? DonaldsRump Mar 2020 #2
No suggestions, but replacing a disposal is relatively cheap and not too difficult assuming Hoyt Mar 2020 #3
Thanks! Tipperary Mar 2020 #7
There's a way to manually crank the disposal Mersky Mar 2020 #4
Thanks! Tipperary Mar 2020 #5
Yw Mersky Mar 2020 #8
I hate garbage disposals. Phoenix61 Mar 2020 #6
I have have never been a fan of them either. Tipperary Mar 2020 #9
I have a handy man who fixed mine for $20. It had glass jammed in it. stopbush Mar 2020 #12
Thanks again! Tipperary Mar 2020 #13

stopbush

(24,395 posts)
1. Call your local utility to see if they're doing work in the area.
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:24 AM
Mar 2020

They often force air down pipes which can cause the plumbing in your home to back up.

That said, it sounds like the problem could just be the disposal. Your disposal should have come with a small wrench that you can insert in the bottom to turn the blades inside. If the disposal is getting power but not moving the problem is probably there.

stopbush

(24,395 posts)
11. Then it's probably stuck. You need to get it to rotate, which you can do using that tool.
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:16 PM
Mar 2020

Did a glass get broken and fall in? That often caused problems.

 

Hoyt

(54,770 posts)
3. No suggestions, but replacing a disposal is relatively cheap and not too difficult assuming
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:28 AM
Mar 2020

the pipes aren't clogged or leaking.

I bought a new one for about $70 and replaced it. I'm a hack at such stuff, so it took a couple of hours. A good handyman/woman can probably do it relatively inexpensively.

In a previous house, my disposal would turn on, but it wouldn't clear anything. I unhooked the pipes and cleared out a gross clog with a coat hanger. Worked perfectly until the next clog.


Good luck.

Mersky

(4,980 posts)
4. There's a way to manually crank the disposal
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:50 AM
Mar 2020

To clear it, and it may need to be reset. I know if I haven’t run the disposal, the draining of my dishwasher can cause the water to back up into the sink (doesn’t get to the point of overflowing onto the floor, tho).

Here’s a YouTube showing the crank and reset, and clearing clogs:



Good luck!

Mersky

(4,980 posts)
8. Yw
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:22 PM
Mar 2020

If none of that helps, then I suspect there’s a problem further down the line, or maybe the vent stack thing? I hope that it doesn’t come to that.

🤞

Phoenix61

(16,999 posts)
6. I hate garbage disposals.
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:01 PM
Mar 2020

They jam, clog, and take up valuable space under the kitchen sink. Personally, I’d disconnect it and call it a day.

 

Tipperary

(6,930 posts)
9. I have have never been a fan of them either.
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:30 PM
Mar 2020

That sounds like a good idea, not sure my skills could cope however.

stopbush

(24,395 posts)
12. I have a handy man who fixed mine for $20. It had glass jammed in it.
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:20 PM
Mar 2020

He took the disposal out and cleaned it out.

BTW - replacing a disposal isn’t so easy. First, you need to make sure the replacement you get matches the configuration under the sink. Best if you can replace with the existing model.

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