I am so proud of myself.
Guess who fixed our jammed garbage disposal? Me!
Last weekend, our Insinkerator jammed up. The motor hummed when you turned it on, but no blades were spinning, no (now heavenly sound) music-to-my-ears loud grinding noise. I took a look down the sink but couldn’t see anything stuck. The Reset button underneath did nothing either. The blades were spinning freely (I checked with tongs, noy with my hand – I’ve seen way too many horror movies for that).
So off to Google I went. And first I looked up the user manual, which, albeit helpful in identifying all the various parts and how to install it, didn’t provide any guidance or troubleshooting tips.
Then I found this blog post. I followed Rob’s advice and lo and behold, got it working again! It made me feel like a handyman, for real and for true! And we didn’t have to pay a plumber – bonus.
The hardest part was finding an allen key – I knew I kept some, just had to find one big enough. So, here’s what I did, while following Rob’s instructions: Once it was determined that nothing was blocking the blades and they moved freely, the reset button did nothing and no fuses were blown or tripped. Get an allen key (about 1/4″ thick) and stick it in the bottom of the unit (from under the sink), shimmy it around, then rotate it – this actually manually moves the blades inside the disposal to allow the thing that’s blocking to dislodge. Rotated it a bit, turned on the water and flipped the switch and poof – after a bit of crunching, it eventually sounded smooth as a whistle.
I’ll become a handy homeowner yet!! I also fixed the doorbell a couple of weeks ago. 🙂