If your garbage disposal isn’t working, the fix is most likely just the push of a button, no need to call a plumber. A garbage disposal can sometimes get clogged or overloaded, and most often it just needs to be reset to get it working properly again. You can easily reset your garbage disposal at home in just a few minutes! The easiest way to try and get your garbage disposal working again is to find and press the garbage disposal reset button.
Let’s find out more about your garbage disposal and its reset button. There are many different situations in which your garbage disposal may need a hit from the big red button.
The main reason for needing to press the garbage disposal reset button is because your garbage disposal is not working and will not turn on. After making sure there is power flowing to your unit and that is not the cause, the next option is to find the reset button.
The next reason for pushing the reset button is when your garbage disposal is making a humming noise, but there’s no grinding or breaking down happening when you put waste down. This could mean a part of your unit (like a flywheel) is stuck, and by resetting your garbage disposal, it will get it up and running again.
If your garbage disposal is making a loud rattling sound, turn off the disposal immediately, as a hard object is probably in the disposal being pushed around. You want to turn off your disposal as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to the unit and make sure it stays clean.
If you suspect there is a hard object in your garbage disposal, shine a flashlight in your drain to find what’s causing the noise and use tongs or pliers to retrieve the item. Do not put your hands in the disposal to retrieve anything that has fallen in.