Check for something small between the blade and the wall. WITH IT OFF (Lock out - Tag out) use a screwdriver to manually turn the blade. If it still will not turn, cheaper to buy a new one than fix it.
Just replace it. They are fairly cheap, and a newer one will be more energy efficient - and save you cash in the long run. Granted it will be a slow payback rate, but none the less you are still saving.
Have you tried hitting the reset button on the bottom?
Ditto THAT! red button, bottom of the unit, under the sink!
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I had this happen to mine a few months ago. I proceded to take the whole thing out and get it on my work bench only to discover that there is a hex head on the end of the shaft that an Allen key goes into. All I did was turn it to free it up, reinstalled it and worked great. Wish I had known there was a allen head bolt on the end of the shaft, would have been much easier that taking the entire unit out.
LIke they said, there should be a tool near your unit somewhere specifically for this task. Allen wrench will work just was well. Just turn it few times and whatever is stuck will break loose. If it doesn't, then you have something really stuck. Usually it's something simple like corn husks that get's wrapped up.
ps. If you can feel the motor running, it's ain't the red reset button.
I just replaced an In-Sink-Erator at my folks house this summer. What happened with that one was the shaft which leaves the motor and is bolted to the blade mechanism broke right off allowing the motor to run but not spin the blades. Might be your cause not sure, that's what happened to ours. 17 years out of a garbage disposal aint bad. Just replaced with one just like it(very easy to do). Hope this helps. Take care
These come with a small allen wrench that inserts in the bottom of the disposal. Give it a few turns, usually will free it up and you're good to go.
Just take the wrench out before hitting the switch, that could get messy :horror:.
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If its humming it most likely forgot the words... :joker: Sorry. The problem is most likely a jam (it amazes me how small a piece of stuff can jam these things) or bearings as others have stated. I also doubt that it has anything to do with the reset. Give the blades a spin with the unit unpluged and you should be good to go.
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I just replaced an In-Sink-Erator model 333 with an In-Sink-Erator 444. I'm slowly creeping toward the In-Sink-Erator 999 Big Baboo that will chew up and digest nails, wine glasses and old goulashes. The bottom of the line models of garbage disposals are all made by the same el crapo manufacturer(s) in dark recesses in Asia. Price approximately $70. They are like the ones that come in new tract homes. I discovered this years ago when I was replacing a "GE" unit with a "In-Sink-Erator" and realized they were physically identical. Don't waste your money. The 333 was supposed to be a "step up" for around $95. It croaked in less time than the cheap ones I have installed in the past. Go figure. This time I popped for $140 for the 444. More powerful motor with the same, popular stainless steel jaws. Guaranteed for one month less than it will take to die. Helluva deal!
My standard approach when the disposal won't do anything but hum is to, after turning off the unit, use a monsterously long screwdriver to rotate the internals. Then you hit the reset button on the bottom and the thing usually works. Sort of like the starter on my Fiat 124. Once that stops working dependably I replace em. I've probably installed about six disposals over the last 40 years. Fortunately, it isn't a real bad plumbing job if you don't mind laying on the kitchen floor with your head under the sink next to where the garbage pail lives. Besides, it's an opportunity to brush up on your creative cursing. Good luck.
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I've probably installed about six disposals over the last 40 years. Fortunately, it isn't a real bad plumbing job if you don't mind laying on the kitchen floor with your head under the sink next to where the garbage pail lives. Besides, it's an opportunity to brush up on your creative cursing. Good luck.
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