Fixing a Clogged Garbage Disposal Unit

Garbage Disposal UnitA garbage disposal system’s spinning blades are meant to chew up and break down the food particles into smaller pieces. This way, it is easier for the food particles to flow through the drain pipes. Even the garbage disposal systems that are the most powerful can be jammed and clogged with the sinewy and tough food. Whenever there is resistance to turning, it will result in circuit breaker pops and also the power to the unit gets cut. This will prevent the motor of the garbage disposal unit from burning out. The ultimate solution in such situations is to unclog the jam by turning the blades manually and resetting the circuit breaker ensuring that the disposal works properly again.

Are you facing the issue of a clogged garbage disposal that is making it tough for the garbage disposal unit to function properly? Well, here are the steps that you can do to fix it.

First, you need to turn the circuit breaker that connects the garbage disposal to the main circuit breaker panel off. Now, flip the switch of the garbage disposal that will be mounted on the wall close to the sink in order to ‘on’ it. But, make sure the power is turned off. The disposal must not turn or create a humming sound. Now, turn the switch off and hold a non-contact circuit tester to test if the wires leading to the unit have no current flowing to it.

Check under the sink so that you can see the bottom of the disposal unit. Find out the hole at the center of the unit that will resemble the head of a hex-head bolt. This is nothing but the center shaft of the disposal unit. You need to insert an Allen wrench into this hole and turn it back and forth. Eventually, the shaft will be turned, and this will turn the blades. This has to be done many times until the resistance decreases, and it can be turned in one direction all the way. Then, you need to remove the wrench and push the reset switch of the unit. The circuit breaker supplying power to switch has to be turned on, and it should work properly.

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