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insinkerator no worky

topic posted Fri, September 14, 2007 - 7:35 PM by  TomCat
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My insinkerator is not cooperating. I flip the switch and nothing happens, not even a hum indicating the motor is working.
And of course the sink is not draining well. any pointers on procedures to remove and diagnose?
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TomCat
Portland
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  • no hum.
    so it is not jammed(?)
    to cure a jam - use a broom stick... shove it down the sink and rotate the cutting plate counterclockwise.
    then try again.

    no jam?
    check for electricity.
    plug a lamp into the outlet that sinkerator is plugged into.
    turn on lamp, turn on switch to sinkerator.
    no light no electricity. check GFI, circuit breaker, wiring...

    yes light... insinkerator Broke-y.
    time to replace-y.

    • FYI for your budget considerations - we bought today, at Home Despot, a new insinkerator. Approximately $80 and maybe an hour of my husbands time.

      No longer brokey and leaky all over everywhere.
      • Unsu...
         
        Home Despot, too funny. I do hate them, though. Nobody home. EVER! 20 minutes on hold trying to call, give up.
        • Oh geez, don' t get me started on HD. I've had to explain to the guy working hardware what a "brad" was, then I had to explain to him that finishing nails come in different sizes, and the phone? Don't even try that. They are the worst.
      • Home Depot

        09/20
        I don't understand why people go if they dislike it.
        Are there no other/local hardware stores?
        • > Home Depot
          > I don't understand why people go if they dislike it

          convenience.
          but not really

          devils advocate: 1 in 20 HD employees knows their stuff - the people at the contractor counter are usually pretty savvy...
          and look, it is our own fault if we are genuinely looking for answers from a 20 year old kid getting paid minimum wage - being treated poorly by the mega-corporation they work for - when their training is mostly in store policy rather that actual "hardware store - handyman knowledge"

          when possible go to "other/local hardware stores" - they may be more expensive... but you usually find that they guy giving you advice has done exactly what you are trying to do... combine that with a good strong knowledge of the products he sells, and you can find that he may guide you to a better way of doing things - saving you time and money.

          so... is there really convenience in going to HD? the huge crazy unkempt parking lot with screws and other tire popping detritus everywhere, dealing with sales people whose honest ignorance lead us to costly, bad choices which may need to be redone fairly soon, waiting in long lines, and finally leaving the parking lot with palpable tension?
          • "> Home Depot
            > I don't understand why people go if they dislike it

            convenience.
            but not really "

            On my last visit I was helping with a big party set up in a historial landmark and I needed to get spray paint, tacks, brads, a dimmer switch, and dirt. The venue was downtown and I knew where the HD was and didn't think I'd have tijme to find a regular hardware store (no internet connection at the venue and 411 wants a business name when you call them).

            So yes, convenience, but not really. They didn' t have the paint I needed, and getting in and out was a painola.
  • Does it have a swtich to reverse the motor? It shoud look like a toggle switch somewhere on it. I'd try that. It may dislodge whatever is making the blades stuck.
    • <<Does it have a swtich to reverse the motor? It shoud look like a toggle switch somewhere on it.>>

      Most insinkerators that I know of have *push-button circuit-breakers* somewhere on them (usually underneath). Circuit breakers trip (usually due to motor overload during jams).

      Once jam is cleared (see broomstick and/or use allen-key like tool to reverse motor) the circuit-breaker on insinkerator needs to be reset. This little breaker is separate from electrical panel breaker which in my insinkerator never seems to blow b/c the insinkerator one trips first.
  • As for the sink not draining well, after the water has finally seeped through, pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. Then slowly pour about 1/2 cup of vinegar in. This will bubble up and start removing some buildup. You may want to add another 1/2 cup vinegar... you will stop hearing the bubbling action once the baking soda is gone. Repeat the process one more time. I do this on a monthly basis to help keep it clean in the disposal... odors build up in there. I agree with the circuit breaker or reset button being a help in finding your problem.
    • OK got it to work with the 6mm allen wrench underneath. Thanks for the info.
      • OT but related:
        my awesome plumber gave me this tip to clean your disposal if it seems sticky, stinky or is old -- fill disposal and sink with at least 2-3 trays of ice & then run disposal with the ice and cold water until all ice is gone. this breaks up the ice into shards which clean out stuck crap in the disposal and pipework immediately surrounding it. obviously this trick doesn't work if the thing won't turn...but you know.
        of course, he also said that nobody should use a garbage diposal since they are the worst things for your pipes and water reclamation/sanitation - compost or throw away all food solids, and save money on fixing future plumbing issues from clogs and breaks.
        • "my awesome plumber gave me this tip to clean your disposal if it seems sticky, stinky or is old -- fill disposal and sink with at least 2-3 trays of ice & then run disposal with the ice and cold water until all ice is gone. this breaks up the ice into shards which clean out stuck crap in the disposal and pipework immediately surrounding it."

          Mom used to do that, but follow it with boiling water. The idea was that the ice made the metal pipes contract, then the hot water made them expand and clear the clog.

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