Get Your Garbage Disposal Grinding Again

Time: 10 minutes

Your garbage disposal keeps your home from smelling like last night’s leftovers. When it’s in a jam, you are too. Thankfully, most jams are an easy fix. All you’ll need are a few common household tools to get things grinding again.

What do you need?

  • Tongs or pliers
  • Flashlight
  • ¼ Allen wrench

How to Unjam Your Disposal:

  1. Press the reset button located on the bottom of the disposer under your sink. Sometimes the switch will trip, and the ‘jam’ is a matter of resetting the unit.

  2. Turn off the unit. Don’t risk your safety by tinkering with a garbage disposal that can still turn on. You can unplug the unit, or turn off the circuit breaker that powers it.

  3. Use tongs or pliers to try and turn the blades. A simple nudge should do the trick, don’t force it! If they turn, plug it back in and turn it on to test it. If the blades are still jammed, turn the unit off and move on to the next step.

  4. Shine your flashlight into the drain and use the tongs or pliers to remove any visible debris. Once you’re done, run hot water down the drain for 30-45 seconds to clear out any food you may have missed. Plug the unit back in and turn it on. If it’s still jammed, it’s time to break out the Allen wrench.

  5. Use your Allen wrench to free the impellers. There is a hex hole on the bottom of the disposer, next to the reset button. Fit an Allen wrench into the hole and twist it back and forth to unjam the blades. Turn the unit back on, and revel in your grinding power.

Bonus tip: If you don’t hear any noise when you turn on your disposal after completing one of the steps above, the switch may have tripped again. Press the reset button, and then turn on the unit to test it.

If your disposal is still jammed, give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.

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