Well, before you start solving any problem, I want you to promise me that you will obey the cardinal rules of “Repairing a Garbage Disposal”. That is, you will never
put your hand in the hole (down the drain in the disposal)
That said, let’s take a look at repairing this vital piece of kitchen equipment so that it can become one of the best garbage disposals you’ve ever had.
The disposal does not turn on (no noise)
If the crusher does not turn on and is not humming, then there is an electrical problem.
This may seem obvious, but make sure the crusher is plugged in.
If connected, press the Reset button on the bottom of the unit. If it has been reset, the button will skip.
If that does not work, check if the circuit breaker has tripped and turned off at the electrical service panel.
If the switch has not tripped and the reset button is not popped out, then it is a faulty switch or a defective trash crusher. First locate the switch that powers the disposal unit. It should be located on the wall, but may be under the sink.
Turn off the switch on the service panel that feeds the shredder.
Turn it back on at the service panel and check if the crusher is working.
If the crusher does not work and does not make noise, the trash crusher is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.