When your garbage disposal goes out you are forced to throw your discarded food in the garbage, which makes the trash smell much worse and creates more trips outside to the garbage can. The first step to fixing a garbage disposal is removing it from its place under the sink. Removing your Kenmore garbage disposal will allow you to look around for the problem so you can fix it yourself and save money by not having to hire a professional.
Things You'll Need
- Electrical tape
- Plastic electrical outlet plugs (optional)
- Small cup or shot glass
Turn off the switch to the disposal and turn off the water from the kitchen faucet. If your sink is clogged, bail the water out with a cup. As the water level gets lower, it will be hard to scoop the water, so switching to a smaller cup like a shot glass works really well. It is important to remove as much water as possible to reduce the amount of mess when removing the disposal.
Position a bucket under the disposal so that it can catch any leaky water. If you do not have room for the bucket directly under the disposal, make sure to keep the bucket close so you can get to it when you need it.
Move the power plug out of the way to a safe, dry place.
Remove your Kenmore garbage disposal by grabbing it firmly with both hands and twisting it counterclockwise. Be ready for the transition of weight as you twist the disposal out of its support bracket because you will need to support all the weight yourself.