Four Secrets to Fixing a Garbage Disposal 

It seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. The garbage disposal hums, won’t drain and stops working. Before calling a professional plumber, try these four insider secrets to fixing a garbage disposal.

The garbage disposal hums.

A humming garbage disposal is an indication that the motor isn’t spinning the disposer wheel. Take the Allen wrench that was included with your disposal and insert it into the center of the bottom of the disposal and turn it clockwise. It should release and spin when you test it.

Eggshells are lodged in the garbage disposal.

Eggshells are on the short list of things to avoid putting down the garbage disposal. The membrane can get caught on the blades or the shells can ground into a sand-like consistency that clogs the drain. Turn the power off and work to get the eggshell membrane or stuck shells loose.

The garbage disposal won’t drain.

If your disposal isn’t draining you may have food buildup like rice, potatoes, eggshells or stringy vegetables, such as celery, asparagus, carrots or lettuce. Turn the disposal off and check the lines for a major clog. Then grab a bucket so that you can catch the water and food build up.

The garbage disposal needs to be reset.

Garbage disposals work hard to pulverize your food and sometimes they need to be reset. Take a look at the bottom of the disposal to see if a red button has popped out. If it has, push it back in and test the disposal again.


Always remember to turn the power off to your garbage disposal before attempting to fix it. But if you still have problems with your garbage disposal, visit us at Yelp, or call Scottsdale Plumbing at 480-945-9583.

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