Project Guide

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposer

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BASIC MAINTENANCE
Basic maintenance - Unclog Garbage Disposer
  • Turn off the power to the jammed disposer and unplug it. 
  • Look inside the opening with a flashlight to see what is jamming it. 
  • Remove the waste using small tongs or pliers and restore power. 
  • Run the water in the sink, turn the power back on, and try to run the disposer again. 

Tip: If it’s a particularly difficult clog, while the power is still off, insert a broom handle into the drain opening and try to free the impellers.

Tip: If it’s a particularly difficult clog, while the power is still off, insert a broom handle into the drain opening and try to free the impellers.

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RESET THE DISPOSER AND TURN THE IMPELLERS
Reset disposer turn impellers - Unclog Garbage Disposer
  • Turn off the power. Check the bottom of the unit; find the reset button and press it, then turn on the power to test. 
  • If the disposer is still stuck, turn the power back off and insert a ¼-inch Allen wrench into the hex socket on the bottom. 
  • The socket is connected to the impellers that crunch up the waste. Using the hex key, turn the impellers in both directions to free them up. 
  • Do not try to loosen any nuts or bolts inside the grinding chamber, as they hold the unit together. 
  • Turn the power back on and try again. 

Tip: Some companies make oversize jam-busting Allen wrench tools specifically designed for garbage disposals.

Tip: Some companies make oversize jam-busting Allen wrench tools specifically designed for garbage disposals.