Disposal Dispair


Old 12-14-05, 05:13 AM
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Disposal Dispair

I am having problems with my aerator/garabage disposal. I did read the FAQ, sorry I didn't see any allen screws on mine????? Where would the allen screw(s) be?

Mine hums when turned on, but it doesn't drain or work.

Not that they mean much, but here are some pictures:

Any ideas??????

If I have to replace this, it 'appears' the disposal is wired directly to the switch. Should I install an outlet under the sink so future replacements are easier?

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Old 12-14-05, 06:21 AM
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Your disposal is seized, because either it is jammed at the blades, or the motor or bearings are shot.
Often, but not always, there is a large hexagonal "socket" in the middle of the bottom of the disposal. If you insert the appropriate sized hex wrench, you should be able to turn the shaft of the moter and unjamb it, if it is jambed. Looking at the pictures, this disposal looks more than 10 years old. The motor itself may be seized. If you cannot find the hex on the bottom or if you find it and cannot turn it, then it is time to buy a new disposal.
A new disposal will also mean plumbing in a new basket to the sink itself.
This disposal is hard wired, which is fine. Disposals do not come wiith a plug attached. You have to supply it if you want it to plug in. The wire must come down from a switch above the counter. Disposals are not replaced very often.
Old 12-14-05, 07:41 AM
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Garbage disposal

fixitron is right on it. That disposal looks like a Badger model, they were on the low end of garbage disposals. They do make them to be fixed, but the cost is usually more than a new one, best bet is to get it out now or get it out later. Sorry.
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