Why won't garbage disposal reset?

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  1. Blumengarten

    Blumengarten New Member

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    The garbage disposal got over-filled and stopped. I cleared everything out of it, pressed the reset button, and turned it on. I could hear the engine whirring, but not engaging. I checked to make sure there was nothing left inside, I couldn't feel anything, I unplugged it, pressed the reset button, turned it on, and same result. Do you know what's the matter?

    Thanks,
    Joy
  2. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    It is jammed. Turn it off and use the tool that comes with the disposail and insert it in the socket in the bottem of the unit and give it a few good turns. Remove the tool, then try running it again. The tool looks like this.
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  3. Blumengarten

    Blumengarten New Member

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    Okay, thanks! I wondered what that was for.
  4. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Let us know if it worked.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    disposer

    There is no "engaging". If the motor runs so does the grinding plate. You are hearing the motor "trying" to run and if you leave it on too long the reset button will pop out again. Unjam the disposer and remove whatever is causing the jam before trying to run it again.
  6. Blumengarten

    Blumengarten New Member

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    Yes thank you! :) I didn't know what that little wrench was for. Thanks for your help!
  7. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Awesome, always glad to be of a help. Most people have no idea what that wrench is for. It also serves another purpose for installing and removing the disposal from its flange. I have had home owners call me to tell me I forgot a tool behind.

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  8. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Whenever I install a disposer it includes a lesson of how to unjam a disposer.
    If I'm sent a call to unjam a disposer the same lesson is also included.
  9. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    I was taught to tighten the last space left with a pair of channel lock pliers. Squeeze the two together and drive away.
  10. Blumengarten

    Blumengarten New Member

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    That's a good policy! Your customers surely appreciate it! (I'd feel silly calling a plumber to unjam a disposer, I'm so glad I found this website!)
  11. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    I've had some that were a real bear to unjam. One had a brad nail in it. That sucker took some ingenuity to finally get out.
  12. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I've seen that a couple of times...
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009
  13. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I consider it to be an important part of taking care of the customer.
    Maybe a good reason to use my services again when really needed.
  14. Cookie

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    I've unjammed mine with the end of a broom.
  15. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    I need to work on this more often. Sometimes when a job goes fast there can be time to educate the customer. Just gets hard when you're late for the next customer.
  16. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    There's some of that ingenuity I was talking about. :cool:
  17. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    An educated consumer is my best customer.
    Besides I consider the rates we charge for unjamming a disposer to be a tad bit on the steep side.:D
  18. Cookie

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    A plumber taught me that, lol.:p
    Granted my blades are so sharp that they can't cut up lettuce, but, it is not jammed either. :)


    Let Cookie educate you.

    Cookie's School of DIY Plumbing.

    I got some other tricks. Actually, only use the broom trick if it is frozen.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  19. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Some of those off brands you can't use a wrench on...
  20. Cookie

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    A broom is universal can be used on all makes and models. :)
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
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