Experienced troubleshooters know that, regardless of the mal-function, it pays to approach the problem with the greatest level of care. At no point should someone put his or her hand into a disposal that has not been turned off, or has not been deprived of a power source.
Approach to take if the unit does not work
Before making any more elaborate efforts to fix the problem, try the reset button. If that does not work, then you do need to look harder for the problem’s source. In fact, at that point, there are two possibilities that need to be considered. It could be an electrical issue. Check the fuse box. If necessary, replace the fuse.
It could be the motor. That would indicate the need for a professional appliance repair technician in Peterborough. If you have an old unit, you might want to weigh the wisdom behind buying a new disposal, instead of paying for a new motor. When calling for a technician, you could ask about the price of a motor and the price of a new unit.
Approach to take if unit is stuck
Unplug the disposal and turn off the associated circuit breakers. Grab a broom and get ready to use the end of the handle. Push the handle down on the blades that refuse to turn. This often dislodges the food particle that got stuck in the blades.
Make note of what type of item caused the blades to get stuck. Start listing all the things that can hamper the blades’ operation. For instance, fibers from some vegetables can wrap around a blade, making it unable to turn. For that reason, vegetables such as celery and onions should not be tossed into the garbage-grinding unit in the sink.
Keep large bones out of the disposal. It does not hurt to let a few small fish bones pass through the unit’s blades. In fact, those tiny bones can be used to clean the surface of the disposal’s walls. Egg shells can also carry out that useful function.
Foods that swell, should not be thrown in the disposal’s hopper. That is the name for the section that has the blades at the bottom. A cook should know what foods swell, when cooked in boiling water. A list of such items would include tea leaves, rice and pasta.
Anything that is not edible should not be placed in the in-sink unit with a hopper. For example, cigarette butts do not belong in that specific location. Any sticks or pieces of wood do not belong in that particular spot. On the other hand, the rind from citrus fruit does not harm the blades, and can work to banish a bad smell.