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    Default Why won't garbage disposal reset?

    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?

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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.
    Last edited by SewerRatz; 03-14-2009 at 07:18 PM.

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    Okay, thanks! I wondered what that was for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blumengarten View Post
    Okay, thanks! I wondered what that was for.
    Let us know if it worked.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    Let us know if it worked.
    Yes thank you! I didn't know what that little wrench was for. Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blumengarten View Post
    Yes thank you! I didn't know what that little wrench was for. Thanks for your help!
    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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    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.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    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.
    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!)

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsotall View Post
    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.
    I've seen that a couple of times...
    Last edited by Redwood; 03-15-2009 at 08:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blumengarten View Post
    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!)
    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.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    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.
    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.

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