Invented in 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin, the InSinkErator was the world's first household garbage disposal. Now a common household appliance, the InSinkErator helps get rid of foodstuffs that would otherwise stink up the house while sitting in the garbage can. As with any mechanical device, even with proper care and maintenance, things can go wrong with a household garbage disposal. There are things that the do-it-yourselfer can do to both prevent and repair a broken disposal.
Things You'll Need
- Allen wrench, 1/4-inch
Look inside the sink cabinet at the bottom of the disposal. Look for a hole in the center that fits the Allen wrench.
Insert the wrench and spin the InSinkErator with it until the disposal can move freely. Check the red reset button on the bottom of the disposal to ensure it is depressed.
Turn the faucet on cold and turn on the InSinkErator. If it runs but it sounds like something is jumping around in it, remove the jammed item with a pair of tongs.
Motor Stops Due to Over-Filling
Remove whatever foodstuffs or foreign object is in the disposal with tongs. Do not use your hand.
Check your fuse or breaker panel to ensure that a fuse wasn't blown or a breaker tripped.
Press the small red reset button on the bottom of the InSinkErator, inside the sink cabinet. It should sit flush with the bottom of the disposal when reset.
Tips & Warnings
- Throw orange or lemon peels and a few ice cubes in the disposal once a week help alleviate odor.
- Run cold water for a few seconds before and after operating the InSinkErator.
- Never put your hand in the disposal, even if it is switched off. Always use a tongs to remove a blockage.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Fix a Leaky In-Sink-Erator
InSinkErator is a manufacturer of household garbage disposals, among other appliances. A leaking garbage disposal can be caused by a number of...
How to Fix a Leaky Badger 1 InSinkErator
The Badger 1 is a under-the-sink garbage disposal manufactured by the InSinkErator company. The device is operated via a wall switch that...
How to Troubleshoot My InSinkErator 333
The Insinkerator Badger 333 is a garbage disposal system that installs under your kitchen sink. It also accepts dishwasher waste and has...
How to Troubleshoot a Clogged InSinkErator Drain
The Badger InSinkErator is one of the most popular garbage disposals and drains on the market. When powered by your wall switch,...
How to Troubleshoot an InSinkErator Badger 1
A common problem with garbage disposals is objects that jam the disposal mechanism and keep the motor from running. The jammed garbage...
How to Remove an Insinkerator 444
The InSinkErator 444 or "Badger 444" is a garbage disposal made by the company with the same name. The InSinkErator manufacturers waste...
Insinkerator Pro 333 Instructions
The Badger Insinkerator 333 is an under-sink mounted home garbage disposal system. The Badger 333 has a cylinder-shaped body that attaches to...
How to Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are simple machines--basically a motor and a flywheel with impeller arms that spin and shred whatever they touch. Sometimes, though,...
How to Repair a Garbage Disposal
A jammed or clogged garbage disposal is a common plumbing problem that is easy to fix on your own. Learn tips on...