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Disposal Doesn’t Turn On—No Sound from the Motor

In most cases where the disposal doesn’t turn on at all, the power supply has been cut off at some point along the circuit. Try the following steps in order:

Check to make sure the unit is plugged in. (It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times this is the problem.)

Press the unit’s red reset button. The reset button pops out and breaks the internal circuit to protect the motor when the flywheel is under too much strain. Pressing this reset button may solve your problem.

Check the circuit breaker. If pushing the reset button doesn’t work, the strain on the disposal may have triggered the circuit breaker. Locate the breaker box in your home and flip the breaker switch off and on again to restore power.

If none of these steps work — it’s possible the motor has burned out and the unit needs to be repaired or replaced.”

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No matter what the problem is, you should never stick your hand or fingers inside a garbage disposal. Even if the power supply has been disconnected, it’s still not worth the risk. If you hear the hum of the unit but there isn’t a grinding sound accompanying it, chances are something is stuck inside. This could be a simple fix or sometimes, be a little more complex.

At Apple Valley Eagan Appliance, we fix and repair a wide range of appliances. That includes garbage disposals of course! We’ll do a thorough inspection of your unit by checking the connections and removing any foreign objects that may be causing a blockage. Call us at 952-953-0080 or visit our appliance repair page for more details.