How to Remove a Badger Disposal


A Badger disposal is a reliable kitchen appliance to have. The disposal will give you years of uninterrupted service. However, there may come a time when you may need to remove or replace the disposal, such as if the unit has gone bad or you are doing a kitchen remodeling project.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Disconnect the power supply to the Badger disposal. Unplug the unit from the wall outlet under the sink if your system simply plugs in. A hard-wired unit will require that the circuit breaker be turned off at the home electrical panel.

  • Remove the two screws that secure the electrical plate on the disposal using a screwdriver. A hard-wired Badger disposal will require that you disconnect the wires inside the unit.

  • Remove the plastic wire caps that connect the wires by twisting them in a counterclockwise direction. Unscrew the clamp that holds the electrical cable to the disposal. Remove the electrical cable and twist the plastic wire caps on each wire and maneuver it out of the way.

  • Remove the dishwasher hose from the Badger disposal by unscrewing the clamp with a screwdriver. Once the clamp is loose, pull the dishwasher hose off by hand.

  • Disconnect the drain pipe from the disposal by unscrewing the slip nut using a pipe wrench.

  • Loosen the three screws that secure the Badger disposal to the mounting ring. When the screws are loose, rotate the disposal counterclockwise to unlock it from the mounting ring tabs and away from the sink.

  • Unsnap the retaining ring under the sink drain by inserting a screwdriver and twisting. When the retaining ring is loose, remove the three screws that secure the mounting ring with a screwdriver and remove the mounting ring from under the sink.

  • Tap on the bottom of the sink drain basket gently with a rubber mallet. Lift the drain basket out of the sink and clean the surface of the sink hole to remove residual plumbers putty.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power from appliance before repairing them.

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