DO YOU WANT A SPARE? OR DO YOU WANT A REPAIR?
How to resolve common problems with a waste disposer.
Question 1: My waste disposer is humming and then cutting out.
Answer: The disposer is probably jammed and the turntable is unable to rotate freely.
Solution: 1. Unjam the turntable with the manufacturer's unjamming key (if they provide one) or rotate the turntable with a 300-400mm long screwdriver from the top of the machine.
2. Once the obstruction has been cleared press the red reset button and start the machine.
Question 2: My disposer is leaking.
Answer: Isolate electrically and ascertain where the leak is coming from.
Solution: If leaking from the TOP reseal the sink flange assembly with rubber gaskets and/or silicone sealant. Change the splashguard.
Solution: If leaking from the MIDDLE replace the outlet pipe and seal and inspect body of machine under the plastic covers to check for corrosion. If it is corroded you need a new disposer.
Solution: If leaking from the BOTTOM then water has penetrated the water seal. The disposer needs replacing.
Question 3: My disposer is blowing its fuse or the house RCB.
Answer: Isolate the machine electrically and investigate where the short is occurring.
Solution: Water in the motor. Replace disposer.
Solution: Ask a qualified electrician to replace double pole fused spur switch if it appears to be damp.
Solution: An electrical component on the disposer has broken down. This is unusual and normally means that a repair is not viable if the machine is over 7 years old. Replace the disposer.
Question 4: Disposer is completely dead and I've tried the reset button.
Answer: Check that all the fuses are 13amp
Solution: Replace fuses.
Solution: A batch feed machine may need a new magna plug or start switch.
If the machine is still dead after attempting the above it probably has a motor fault and needs replacing.