Dishwasher And Garbage Disposal Are Both Not Working – What To Check?

My garbage disposal and my dishwasher do not turn ON. This happened at the same exact time and all of a sudden. I went to turn the garbage disposer on with the wall switch and it does not turn ON. I also tried to run the dishwasher a little later and it will not turn on either. I have checked under the sink and they are both plugged into the electrical outlet. I do not know anything about electricity. What am I missing?

Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal NOT WORKING - What To CheckDishwasher and Garbage Disposal NOT WORKING – What To Check??

If both the garbage disposer and the dishwasher stopped working at the same time, then it is a simple electrical outlet issue. In 90% of homes or apartments the dishwasher and the garbage disposal are BOTH plugged into the same electrical outlet UNDER THE SINK. This electrical outlet located under the sink is called a GFCI outlet (ground-fault circuit interrupter). These electrical outlets have a safety circuit built into them. At times, the GFCI outlet will trip or reset and NEED TO BE RESET MANUALLY. When a GFCI outlet trips, it will not supply power. It basically turns off and does not allow any electricity to flow from it. When this happens, it needs to be reset to “turn it back on”.

Reset the GFCI Outlet if Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal not workingReset the GFCI Outlet if Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal not working

To solve the problem with both the Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal NOT Working:

  • Go under the sink and locate the electrical outlet that your dishwasher and garbage disposal are plugged into.
  • Unplug both the dishwasher and garbage disposal from the GFCI electrical outlet.
  • On the GFCI outlet, press the RED RESET BUTTON. (If the GFCI outlet has tripped, pressing the red button will reset the outlet)
  • Plug the dishwasher and the garbage disposal back into the GFCI outlet.
  • Test run the garbage disposal and test run the dishwasher.
  • If they both turn ON, your problem is fixed.
  • If after resetting the GFCI outlet the dishwasher and the garbage disposal do not turn ON, check the breaker box in your home or apartment to see if the circuit breaker for the KITCHEN OUTLETS has tripped. If so, reset it and your problem is solved.

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1 michelle October 27, 2017 at 1:01 am

I do not have a gifi under the sink i have one next to the switch for the garbage disposal and it is on. both the disposal and the dishwasher are plugged in to the same wall plug outlet.


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