The garbage disposal is an important part of any kitchen, but it can be easy to forget about it until something goes wrong. If your garbage disposal isn’t working right, don’t worry – there are a few things you can try before calling a professional. One of those things is the reset button. But what does the reset button do? And how do you use it? Keep reading to find out.
Garbage Disposal Not Turning On?
A garbage disposal unit will shut off when it gets clogged or when it overheats. There is a simple fix to this: the red reset button at the bottom of the disposal.
Make sure that the disposal is switched off. You will find a red button under the disposal. You can push the button back in if it pops out about a quarter inch. Sometimes, this is all that’s needed. Make sure to inspect the electrical panel to determine if the breaker should be turned back on.
The garbage disposal could be jammed if the reset button for the garbage disposal does not work or the breaker has to be reset repeatedly.
Safety Tip: Do not put your hand in the garbage disposal (grinding chamber). To remove any stuck items, use a wooden spoon or other tools that have a long handle.
How Do I Find the Garbage Disposal Reset Button?
The button for most garbage disposals is found on the bottom. The button is usually red or black. Make sure the disposal switch is off before pressing it. When the button is firmly pressed, it should latch into place. If it doesn’t, you need to call a service technician.
Once you have pressed the button, inspect your electrical panel. Garbage disposals draw a lot of electricity and can trip breakers. Clear any obstructions from your garbage disposal with a wooden spoon. An Allen wrench or hex wrench can be inserted into the flywheel hole at the bottom of your unit, near the reset switch. You should not use your fingers or hand to grind the disposal chamber.
After you have completed these steps, turn the tap on, allow the water to run for a few seconds, and then turn the disposal on. You should now have a working garbage disposal. You will need to identify the reason why the disposal stopped working. You’ll need to consult with a professional at this point. Do not wait for the disposal to stop working permanently.
Food Items Not Allowed to Be Thrown Your Garbage Disposal
Grease – This will coat your pipes.
Bones – It will continue spinning with the blades.
Celery – The fibrous strings of celery get caught around the disposal blades.
Coffee grounds – The oil in coffee grounds turns into a sticky sludge.
Eggshells – Eggshells will ground into sand-like particles, which stick to grease.
Corn husks: The fibers are caught in the blades by the corn husks
Artichokes – Too fibrous, can get caught around the blades.
Fruit pits – These pits can be very hard and jam the disposal blades.
Potato peels – Sticky starchy vegetables like pasta and potatoes can lead to a sticky mess.
When Do You Call a Professional?
If you have any of these signs, call a professional appliance repair company.
Disposal Making Unusual Sounds: If the flywheel or the disposal motor is damaged, the unit can make a grinding sound or whirring sound. While clearing out obstructions can temporarily increase the disposal’s efficiency it can also make things worse. Overheating can lead to damage to other parts of your disposal.
Garbage Disposal Reset Button Keeps on Triggering: The reset switch monitors the amount of electricity being sent to and received by the motor. If the disposal keeps shutting off when the reset button is pressed, it could be an issue with the motor or the disposal switch. Contact a professional if you have any electrical issues.
The Reset Button Won’t Lock Into Place: If the motor is blocked, the reset button may not work. This can also be caused by motor damage or electrical issues.
Disposal Emits Unpleasant Odors: This is a sign that the disposal is not doing its job correctly. The flywheel may not turn enough to remove all food. The obstruction will continue to grow over time and eventually cause a clog.
Many homeowners replace their garbage disposals as soon as they notice problems. A majority of issues can be fixed in basically just one visit. You can still have your disposal replaced, but you will need an experienced technician to examine the problem. Bad switch wiring, leaky pipes, and other problems will all be addressed to ensure the disposal functions properly.
What to Do if Your Garbage Disposal Doesn’t Work After Pressing the Reset Button
1. Clear the Drain
If the process was done correctly, the garbage disposal should be able to work again after the reset. If it continues to show signs of an abnormal procedure, it is worth checking if there are any obstructions. To avoid sudden restarts, make sure you cut off all electrical power before performing any repairs.
Once you are certain that the power is off completely, you can proceed to unclog the disposal by following these steps
1. Place a wrench in the barrel housing the rotating machine.
2. The wrench can be used to manually turn the disposal’s rotating device from left to right several times. This is done to make sure that no material is stuck in the disposal’s slicing blade.
3. To speed up the process, you can add water and continue spinning until the clogs disappear.
2. Restart the Power Supply and Repeatedly Reset
This should bring the disposal back into regular operation. If not, you can repeat the process.
Verify that everything is working properly. If you’ve tried everything else and there still seem to be problems with the disposal, call a professional.
3. Check if the Disposal Is Stuck
Verify the electrical setting. It’s located under the sink surface. The disposal cable should be disconnected and the microwave or power kettle should be inserted. If they work fine, check that the circuit breaker has cut power.
The outlet might have felt a flicker and cut power to prevent overload. If this happens, just turn it back on. To verify that the disposal is working again, you can test it again. If it isn’t, you will need to do a reset.
You can perform a reset if your disposal has reached its breaking point. It is similar to a circuit breaker cutting the electrical flow when it detects an irregularity. The reset button on the disposal simply shoots out to indicate overload.
To get it working again, find the disposal canister under the sink panel. Locate the reset switch and press it in. It will cool down so don’t turn it on until then. It can be turned on to allow the disposal to work properly.
Get Help From an Expert
Restarting the machine is the best way to keep it in good working order. We’ve also shown you how to reset garbage disposal. Here’s a summary of what you might not have understood or missed:
Reset buttons can be found at the bottom of the sink or on the side depending on which disposal type you have.
Before you do any repairs to the disposal, always turn off the power.
If the reset does not work, please give it some more time before you try again. You can also unclog your slicing pane.
Call an expert if you are a DIYer who has tried the YouTube tutorials on how to reset garbage disposals and is still not satisfied. An electrical problem is the most likely cause. Only professionals can fix it.