Your garbage disposal won’t kick on.
- You have checked for any major clogs or plugs – Nothing
- You have tried to turn your switch on/off – Nothing
- You checked your homes fuse box – Nothing at all
So what is left for you to do, besides calling a professional?
Put down the phone, there is one more task you can do. And its as easy as pressing a button
But first lets look at why your garbage disposal isn’t working.
Overloading Your Garbage Disposal
There are times when you may over loaded your disposal unit, causing it to jam. The electric motor that rotates your grinders or blades is exerting high rpms. If the motor becomes jammed the electricity that is being allowed to the motor can overload it and fry your entire unit by over heating it.
Running with no water
Another way you can potentially over heat your garbage disposal is by running it without any water flow. Letting your disposal run dry for an extended period can cause the motor run continuous without and flow being added to it, over time the friction will increase your motors temperature and can cause serious damage.
Automatic Reset Button
To prevent this from occurring your garbage disposal comes with an automatic “safety switch”. This switch will engage when the electrical current being sent to your motor exceeds a set limit. This switch will break off the circuit inside, cutting off any electrical source to your garbage disposal.
The will also cause a chain reaction to pop out your reset button, located underneath your disposal unit.
- Check to see if your button is popped out
- Remove anything that caused the jam safely, with the main switch OFF
- If ran dry, run some cold water through it while it is still OFF. Once cooled down you can proceed
If you find that your rest button is popped out underneath your disposal unit, and you have given about 5-10 minutes to cool down. Press the reset button back in. this will reset the internal breaker, and engage the circuit completely again, allowing electric currents to flow and energize your motor.
If after pushing the reset button, your best garbage disposal still will not operate correctly, than it is time for you to call for professional help