Resetting a Garbage Disposal

Each InSinkErator comes with a red square overload protector.

Watch & Learn

This 1-minute video uses simple animation to show how to reset the garbage disposal's overload protector.

Written Directions

Your InSinkErator garbage disposal is equipped with a device called an overload protector or reset button. This device will turn the garbage disposal off automatically if there is something wrong. If the garbage disposal is jammed, if it is run for a very long period of time, or if there is another issue, it will shut down automatically.

Materials Needed

No tools or materials are needed.



  • Before following the below steps, first make sure that the garbage disposal's switch is in the off position.


The overload protector is located under the sink, on the bottom of the garbage disposal, facing the floor.

The overload protector is located under the sink, on the bottom of the garbage disposal, facing the floor. It is a red square button. If the overload protector is tripped, you will see the red button dropped down about a quarter of an inch (5mm). Gently press the red button. If it does not stay up, wait ten minutes and try again.


Still Not Working?

Text us at 262-233-2231 for more help! If the red button will not stay in, or the garbage disposal requires repeatedly resetting the overload protector, the garbage disposal may need service. If the problem with your garbage disposal is due to a quality issue, InSinkErator ma​y pay to have an authorized service center service the garbage disposal in your home at no charge to you.

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