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My Garbage Disposal Will Not Turn On, Does It Need To Be Replaced?

OK, before we start with any troubleshooting, you will need to obey the cardinal rule of "Garbage Disposal Repair". You Never put your hand in the hopper (down the drain into the disposal)! That being said, let's take a look at fixing this vital piece of kitchen equipment.

If the disposal will not turn on and it is NOT making a humming sound, then there is an electrical problem.

  • First, make sure the disposal is plugged in.
  • If it is plugged in, press the Reset button found on the bottom of the unit. If it has reset, the button will be popped out.
  • If that does not work, check to see if your circuit breaker has been tripped and is turned off in the electrical service panel.
  • If the breaker has not been tripped and the reset button is not popped out, then it's either a faulty switch or a faulty garbage disposal.
  • If the disposal will still not turn on and makes no noise, contact your plumber, it could be a faulty switch that needs to be replaced or the garbage disposal is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
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