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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:17 AM

Help! First disposal quit working, but no problem with dishwasher.

Then last night (not using either), water flooded out all over my kitchen floor.

Suggestions, hints? Reassurance?

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Reply Help! First disposal quit working, but no problem with dishwasher. (Original post)
Tipperary Mar 27 OP
stopbush Mar 27 #1
Tipperary Mar 27 #10
stopbush Mar 27 #11
Tipperary Mar 27 #14
DonaldsRump Mar 27 #2
Hoyt Mar 27 #3
Tipperary Mar 27 #7
Mersky Mar 27 #4
Tipperary Mar 27 #5
Mersky Mar 27 #8
Phoenix61 Mar 27 #6
Tipperary Mar 27 #9
stopbush Mar 27 #12
Tipperary Mar 27 #13

Response to Tipperary (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:24 AM

1. Call your local utility to see if they're doing work in the area.

They often force air down pipes which can cause the plumbing in your home to back up.

That said, it sounds like the problem could just be the disposal. Your disposal should have come with a small wrench that you can insert in the bottom to turn the blades inside. If the disposal is getting power but not moving the problem is probably there.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:32 PM

10. Yeah, it is getting power, I can hear the hum.

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Response to Tipperary (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:16 PM

11. Then it's probably stuck. You need to get it to rotate, which you can do using that tool.

Did a glass get broken and fall in? That often caused problems.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:33 PM

14. I don't think so.

Got the sink working again, and for the time being will ignore the disposal.

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Response to Tipperary (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:26 AM

2. do you have an air gap?

if so, that might be clogged

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Response to Tipperary (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:28 AM

3. No suggestions, but replacing a disposal is relatively cheap and not too difficult assuming

the pipes aren't clogged or leaking.

I bought a new one for about $70 and replaced it. I'm a hack at such stuff, so it took a couple of hours. A good handyman/woman can probably do it relatively inexpensively.

In a previous house, my disposal would turn on, but it wouldn't clear anything. I unhooked the pipes and cleared out a gross clog with a coat hanger. Worked perfectly until the next clog.


Good luck.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:02 PM

7. Thanks!

I rarely use the damn thing, but Iíve had a friend over recently.

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Response to Tipperary (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:50 AM

4. There's a way to manually crank the disposal

To clear it, and it may need to be reset. I know if I havenít run the disposal, the draining of my dishwasher can cause the water to back up into the sink (doesnít get to the point of overflowing onto the floor, tho).

Hereís a YouTube showing the crank and reset, and clearing clogs:



Good luck!

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Response to Mersky (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:00 PM

5. Thanks!

Appreciate it!

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Response to Tipperary (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:22 PM

8. Yw

If none of that helps, then I suspect thereís a problem further down the line, or maybe the vent stack thing? I hope that it doesnít come to that.

🤞

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Response to Tipperary (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:01 PM

6. I hate garbage disposals.

They jam, clog, and take up valuable space under the kitchen sink. Personally, Iíd disconnect it and call it a day.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:30 PM

9. I have have never been a fan of them either.

That sounds like a good idea, not sure my skills could cope however.

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Response to Tipperary (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:20 PM

12. I have a handy man who fixed mine for $20. It had glass jammed in it.

He took the disposal out and cleaned it out.

BTW - replacing a disposal isnít so easy. First, you need to make sure the replacement you get matches the configuration under the sink. Best if you can replace with the existing model.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:23 PM

13. Thanks again!

A friend and I seem to have it sorted, for the time being at least.

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