You flipped the garbage disposal on and it just hums. How do you fix this fast and easy? There could be a few things wrong. Here is what to check first…
When a garbage disposal is humming or makes a buzzing sound, this means it is still getting power but it is jammed up and unable to spin or churn. To fix this fast, go under the sink, find the hex head wrench tool (Allen wrench), stick it in the hole (breaker socket) on the bottom of the disposer and turn it back and forth. This is to get the flywheel to “unjam” itself and turn freely. The hole we are talking about is on the outside and bottom of the disposer itself, not in the hole in your sink! Garbage Disposal Is Spinning But Will Not Drain?
Other reasons a garbage disposal won’t turn on, will hum, or is completely dead:
- Foreign Object Stuck In Disposer: Something is jamming the disposer blades making them unable to spin freely. Unplug disposer and look into sink drain hole. Inspect for anything jamming the disposer. Remove foreign objects to free the blades.
- Disposer Jammed: Something put down the sink has jammed the wheel inside the disposer. Use the disposer “jam buster” tool and turn the hex fitting back and forth on the bottom of the disposer. If there is no tool under the sink, grab an Allen wrench set and find the correct Allen wrench to fit the hole. The “flywheel” hole in most garbage disposals is 1/4″. So use a 1/4 inch Allen wrench (hex key) if you do not have the “wrenchette” disposal tool.
- GFI Has “Tripped”: Check that the GFI or GFCI electrical outlet where the garbage disposal plugs in has not tripped. If so press the reset button.
- Disposer Has “Tripped”: Disposer has overheated or “tripped”. Press the red button on the bottom of the disposer to “reset”.
- Disposer Has Fried: Disposer has reached the end of it’s life cycle and is KIA. Remove and replace bad disposer.
Here is even more garbage disposal support for you if you
are still having issues getting your disposer to run.