There is nothing more annoying than not having your garbage disposal working. Most of the time it can be fixed relatively quickly, so knowing what to do when disaster strikes is always a good thing. The most common hiccup experienced with garbage disposals is that they sometimes do not switch on. It doesn’t always have to mean a massive repair or replacement is needed, so let’s look at what can be done. Before we start anything though, it’s really important that you never put your hand down the drain disposal! That is definitely not part of the repair! Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started.
You’ll notice that you garbage disposal isn’t switching on and there is no familiar humming coming from the unit. If there is no hum, then you have an electrical problem on your hands. First things first, check to see if the disposal is plugged in and switched on. If it is plugged in and on, then press the reset button that sits at the bottom of the unit. Once it is reset, the button will be popped out, indicating that it is working again.
That usually does the trick, but if it still isn’t working then you should go investigate your circuit breaker. It might have tripped and switched off the electrical service panel. If the circuit breaker isn’t the problem and the reset button has been pressed, you might be dealing with something bigger than a simple garbage disposal problem. You might have an older unit or it might have worn out, if this is the case, contact a professional to come and inspect the unit for you. It is important that you don’t attempt any form of garbage disposal repair and replacement unless you are totally confident in your ability to do so. Tinkering with electrical and plumbing components in your home takes some skill, which is why there are professionals to do that for you. But if there’s one thing that will surely save you a lot of trouble in the future, that is to learn how to reset a garbage disposal. This is among the best ways to make the appliance work again. The reset button puts the machine back in factory setting and reboots it.
I hope that you now understand the reason why garbage disposals don’t turn on at times. Watch this video to learn about other problems that you may encounter with this appliance.