In Sink Erator - Electric


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Old 08-14-09, 08:31 PM
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In Sink Erator - Electric

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I have under my kitchen sink a Pro 77 In-Sink-Erator. A spoon mistakenly fell into the grinder. I turned off the erator and removed the spoon. The erator will not go back on - completely dead. I checked all of my breakers and none were tripped. I have two switches under my sink - one switch with a standard receptacle that turns the unit on and off and one other switch only (no receptacle). The second switch is always in the "on" position. I used a tester to test the receptacle on the first switch and there is no power coming through. Completely lost as to why I have no power coming in. Could it be the breaker is shot? Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Sean
 
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Old 08-14-09, 08:58 PM
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You did try the reset button on the bottom of the disposal? Next you need to check every GFCI inside the house, outside the house, in the garage, and the one you didn't know was there.
 
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Old 08-15-09, 04:10 AM
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Yes I did try the reset button and that did not work. I will take your suggestion and try all GFCI's. Will let you know what happens. Thank you.
 
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Old 08-15-09, 06:48 AM
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You need to test the power at where the disposal plugs in. If you have power there, likely the disposal breaker tripped. You could have also burned out the motor, but that's less likely.

If you don't have power at the receptacle, it's either a GFI trip, (the switch is off) or the breaker tripped.

It's also possible that the slight surge caused a loose connection somewhere else in the circuit. This often happens when the wires are "stabbed" into the little holes in the back of the receptacles or switches. The little springs that hold the wires tight sometimes loosen over time. It's not hard to fix, just sometimes hard to find the offending receptacle.
 
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Old 08-15-09, 06:20 PM
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You may have to give the motor a spin with the allen wrench that was supplied with the disposal.
 
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Old 08-15-09, 06:35 PM
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Good points all which reminded me to suggest if you haven't tried it yet plug it into an extension cord from a known good receptacle.
 
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Old 08-17-09, 03:25 AM
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Will try all of these suggestions this evening and let you know what happens. Thanks everyone.

Sean
 
 

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