When your garbage disposal stops working, the first step is to press the garbage disposal red reset button. This can be done by locating the reset button that is located at the bottom of the unit. We will show you where the reset button is on your garbage disposal and how to reset it.
Garbage Disposal Reset Button Location
The red reset button is located on the bottom of your garbage disposal. Use a mirror if needed to see the red reset button.
You can simply feel on the bottom of the disposal for the red button. If it has reset or popped, it will be sticking out.
Once you have located the red reset button on your garbage disposal, read on to find out how to reset it.
How To Reset A Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal won’t work, you might need to reset it using the RED overload protector button on the bottom of the disposer.
If your disposal is blocked with food debris, used for a long time, or it becomes too hot, it will automatically shut off as a safety precaution and must be reset.
If the overload protection has tripped, the red button will have come out.
Garbage disposal “reset” button reset instructions, follow these steps:
- Turn off the disposal switch or unplug it from power.
- To restart the garbage disposal, push the red reset button. If it pops back out, wait 10 minutes and press the reset button once more. (If the red button pops back out after pressing it, this means the disposer is too hot and needs time to cool down)
- Run the water faucet above the disposer before turning the garbage disposal ON.
- Turn the disposal’s switch to the ON position, or plug the disposer back into power and turn it ON and the disposal should start running smoothly again.
Garbage disposal reset button and unjam with Allen wrench video
If the reset button on the garbage disposal will not stay in, or you have to reset the overload protector repeatedly, your disposal may have other issues. See here for more info on garbage disposal that does not run.
If your garbage disposal is still not working, it may need to be replaced. Check out our guide on where to buy new garbage disposals if yours is broken.
Replacement garbage disposals if disposal is broken or faulty
Replacement garbage disposal pricing and info here
Conclusion paragraph: As you can see, pressing the reset button can fix your garbage disposal if it’s not working. If the disposal is jammed, you can use the Allen wrench and attempt to unjam it that way. If these tips don’t work, it might be time to call in a professional or buy a new disposal.
Need more help with resetting your garbage disposal or how to unjam it? Please let us know the type of garbage disposal you have and let us know your issue in the comments below and we can assist.