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Unjamming a Garbage Disposal Unit

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Unjamming a garbage disposal is a situation that comes inherent with the appliance. They all have a function to shut off, much like a circuit break, when they are jammed to the point of completely stalling the motor. This is to prevent motor burn out. They also are designed so anyone can dislodge whatever is inhibiting operation. Underneath every unit is a hex-head slot and all units should come with a wrench to match the slot. If you misplaced the wrench that came with the unit, don’t fret, an Allen key will work just as well.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. First, unplug the unit and locate the slot; it is located in the center of the underside of the unit.
  2. Next, fit the wrench into the slot and work it back and forth so the blades move. Continue doing this until the unit is spinning without resistance.
  3. With the unit spinning freely plug it back in and press the reset button. Now test the unit while running a lot of water.

What You Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Hex-head wrench or Allen key
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