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Disposal Won't Turn On or Off



If your garbage disposal won't turn on—or off—then turn to us for fix-it quick solutions.

Written Directions

First, determine if your disposal is a hard wired or connected to an outlet. Then follow the appropriate directions.

Materials Needed

No tools or materials are needed.

Important

IMPORTANT

  • Be sure to use caution when checking electrical outlets and connections.

Part 1: My disposal is plugged into a standard wall outlet.

1

Check the circuit breaker or fuse.

Check the circuit breaker or fuse. To be certain, switch the breaker off then on, or replace the fuse.

2

If the breaker or fuse is OK, check that the electrical switch is working properly.

If the breaker or fuse is OK, check that the electrical switch is working properly. To do this, unplug the disposal and plug something else into the outlet for a test. Try using a night light, lamp, radio or hair dryer. Make sure that the test device is turned on.

3

Flip the disposal's switch on and off several times.

Flip the disposal's switch on and off several times. Your electrical device should turn on and off with the switch.

4

If the test turns on and off with the switch, your disposal requires service.

If the test device does not turn on and off, contact an electrician for assistance with your outlet.

Part 2: My disposal is hardwired.

1

Check the circuit breaker or fuse.

Check the circuit breaker or fuse. To be certain, switch the breaker off then on, or replace the fuse.

2

If the disposal still does not run, the problem may be in the disposal, or in the electrical system.

 

Still Not Working?

The disposal reset button may have popped out. To see how to check the disposal reset button, click here. If the problem with your disposal is due to defects in materials or workmanship, InSinkErator ma​y pay to have an authorized service center service the disposal in your home at no charge to you.


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