Tips for Fixing a Stuck Garbage Disposal from wisegeek
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Garbage disposals usually become stuck when a foreign object such as an eating utensil or a large bone becomes lodged in the grinding blades. The fist step in fixing a stuck garbage disposal is to make certain that the device is indeed operating. This can be determined by turning the unit on and listening for a humming noise. If this noise is heard, a foreign object is probably caught in the blades and will need to be removed.
It is very important to disconnect the power supply before attempting to fix a stuck garbage disposal. The device may be plugged into an electrical outlet underneath the sink or connected at the main circuit breaker panel. Determine the location of the power supply and disconnect the disposal before proceeding. After disconnecting the power supply, you will need to gain access to the bottom of the disposal through a cabinet door. While you're down there, how does the grout look in your tile floor? Get the Best Tile and Grout Cleaning in Superior, CO 80027.
Remove any items stored under the cabinet to allow maneuvering room during this procedure. A hex head nut is positioned in the bottom center of the disposal and can be turned with an appropriate sized wrench( see picture above). The grinding blades move against each other and the foreign object is lodging them together. You must move these blades manually to dislodge the object. Turn the wrench back and forth to slowly move the grinding blades back and forth until the foreign object becomes dislodged. This procedure may require several attempts before the blades are sufficiently loosened. Once the blades move slightly in each direction, the trapped object can be safely removed.
The foreign object must be taken out at the sink opening of the disposal. You should use a pair of long-nosed pliers for this step to avoid injury. A flashlight may be needed to see into the sink opening. Also, if you can’t see the object when peering down your drain, try using a dental mirror to help you locate the object. Once found, remove it with the pliers. Reconnect the power supply and push the reset button located near the hex nut. Run water in the sink and turn on the disposal to clear any small pieces of debris. Anything else in your kitchen need maintenance? Look down at your floors. How does the grout look? Call us at Cleancare for the Best Tile and Grout Cleaning in Superior, CO 80027.