Posted on Mar 16, 11:55 AM
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Everyone knew this but me! A week ago, the motor buzzed but nothing else happened when I turned on the waste disposal in the sink. They’re really crucial parts of your sink plumbing because they eliminate the potential for wet, rotten food and they clear the way for the dish washer to purge dirty water. No doubt, it should be kept running.
When it doesn’t, it’s no cheap or convenient replacement job. The good news is that it might just be stuck, not broken. The Badger 1 and 100 and 5, 15 and 200 and 500 (Home Depot and Lowes nomenclature differences) come with a tool that can fit into the bottom center. Cranking the tool can unjam a stuck disposal. The tool is nothing more than a 1/4-inch allen wrench.
Its interesting shape helps with leverage. In my attempt, the disposal was stuck beyond my strength and I had to replace it never knowing what went wrong.
Another discrete feature is a surge protector; there’s a little, dark red square button that will pop out when the motor is buzzing for too long. This way it can protect itself. Once popped, the buzzing will stop because no electricity is getting to the device. You’ll need young knees and a flashlight. It’s really a dark red, even on my eight-year newer same model. An effortless push and that button is ready for you to try again.
Prices of the Insinkerator 1/3 horsepower, run 80 to 90 bucks. Prices for the plumber run about $200 bucks. I found Daddy FoodNewsie’s receipt from 2008 showing similar prices. The disposal industry hasn’t seen a lot of competition or growth I suppose. I opted to install the new one myself saving $200 dollars and costing mostly just my knees and elbows.
Try your best to unstick a jammed Insinkerator waste disposal – though my eight-year-old and new one are the same model, the new one seems to conserve water flow somehow. It drains slower and the dish washer waste water now jettisons through an attachment on the sink I haven’t seen spit water in ages. My best guess is that smaller, more efficient blades better prevent jamming but also create relatively smaller for water to pass.
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