Garbage Disposal Leaking

If your garbage disposal is leaking, follow the troubleshooting here.

1. Is it leaking from the top at the mounting assembly?

If the top of your garbage disposal is leaking from the mounting assembly, you need correct mounting installation answers.


2. Is it leaking at the discharge?

If the discharge is leaking, find out how to correct discharge installation issues.


3. Is it leaking at the dishwasher inlet?

If water is leaking at the dishwasher inlet, get dishwasher inlet installation answers.


4. Is it leaking from the bottom?

If water appears to be leaking from the bottom, confirm it's not leaking from somewhere else (such as the mounting assembly) and dripping down to the bottom. If confirmed, your garbage disposal may need service.


5. Is it leaking through the container body?

If it's leaking through the wall of the container body, confirm it's not leaking from the top of the garbage disposal at the mounting assembly and dripping down through the wall. If confirmed, your garbage disposal may need service.


6. Is it leaking at the motor joint?

If your garbage disposal is leaking at the motor joint, it may need to be replaced or require an authorized service center to diagnose the problem.


7. Is it leaking from adjacent plumbing?

If it's leaking from adjacent plumbing, tighten joints as needed. For help, find a certified plumber.

Still Not Working?

Text us at 262-233-2231 for more help! If after following our troubleshooting solutions your garbage disposal still doesn't run, it 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.

Tips For Success

  • Locating Hard to Find Leaks: Empty the area below the sink. Spread a sheet of newspaper flat over bottom of cabinet below sink and secure with tape. If water drips from a leaking area, it will leave a wet spot on the paper. Place stoppers in sink(s) and fill with water. Leave sink full for a while and then look for leaks. Remove stopper(s) and let the sink drain. Look for leaks. Turn on the water and garbage disposal and allow them to run while looking again for leaks.
  • If leaks are not found, keep paper in place for a few days. If you see no indication of leaks, water may be from other sources. Check water filters, dish sprayer, faucet, dishwasher drain hose, sink/countertop seam, and countertop joints.

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