Why Doesn’t My Garbage Disposal Work?

There are many reasons why your garbage disposal may not be working

  • Electrical problems
  • Flywheel may be stuck
  • Clogged
  • Leaking
  • Worst case scenario, dead


    First of all, the garbage disposal’s manual and wrench is your best friend. Read it. If your disposal is not turning on, locate the reset button & press it, if the flywheel is stuck or clogged, DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND IN, insert a large handle, or use the designated wrench for your disposal and fix it underneath the sink. Also, running water while flicking the switch could possibly work.

    If it’s leaking, shut down the machine completely and tighten its bolts. If your garbage disposal is dead, it is time to replace it.