Garbage disposals are a handy thing to have in our kitchens, as it allows us to take care of our drains by chopping up the pieces before they go down. Whether you are putting you dinner leftovers down the disposal or your child has thrown one too many action figures down the drain, you are well aware that at times they can stop working altogether. While it may not happen all too often, in the event your garbage disposal has stopped working, here are a few simple tips to consider in order to get it back in shape.
When dealing with your garbage disposal, it is important to recognize that this device has a sensor which tells it to turn off in the event the disposal is overheating and is on overload. When the device senses that there is too much in the disposal, it will automatically shut off in order to prevent overheating and further damage to the device. If overload was not the cause of the garbage disposal stops, it is also very possible that there is an electrical problem that needs to be assessed.
In the event your garbage disposal stops, you want to immediately turn off the switch and refrain from placing your hand or any other object inside of it. Even when the device is off because of the sensor, you want to make sure the switch is also turned off just in case the device decides to function again. Once you have done this, look at the plug of the disposal and check if it is in the outlet properly, if it got loose it could affect the function of the device.
If the plug is found to be partially disconnected, you may have just solved your problem. You will want to press the reset button located on the disposal either on the bottom or at the front of the device. Once this is done, check again to see if the disposal will turn on and finish the job. If you recognize that the garbage disposal is jammed, you will want to find the proper sized Allen wrench or a hex key to use to fix the jam. To do so, simply put it through the hole located at the bottom of the disposal in the sink and once you feel the tool lock-in, you will then turn the chamber of the disposal. This should help remove whatever may be clogging the drain.
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