Garbage Disposal not working?

As an electrical contractor, one of the most common calls we receive is from homeowners who are having trouble with their garbage disposals. While garbage disposals are generally quite reliable, they can experience issues that prevent them from turning on. In this blog, we'll go over some basic tips for checking if your garbage disposal is not turning on and when you should call a licensed electrician.

Step 1: Check the Power Supply

The first thing you should do if your garbage disposal is not turning on is to check the power supply. Make sure that the unit is plugged in and that the outlet is working properly.

Step 2: Look for Blockages

If the power supply is working correctly, the next thing you should check is the disposal itself. Look inside the unit to see if there are any blockages. If there is something blocking the blades, it may prevent the disposal from turning on. You can use a flashlight to help you see inside the disposal.

Step 3: Reset the Disposal

If there are no blockages, try resetting the disposal. Most disposals have a reset button on the bottom of the unit. Press this button and see if the disposal turns on. If it does, then the issue was likely a temporary overload or jam.

When to Call a Licensed Electrician

If you have gone through these basic steps and your garbage disposal is still not turning on, it may be time to call a licensed electrician.

Here are some signs that you should call a professional:

  • You hear strange noises coming from the disposal.
  • There are visible signs of damage, like cracks or dents.
  • The unit is leaking water. ( you will also need to call a plumber).
  • The disposal is tripping the circuit breaker.

In these cases, a licensed electrician can help you diagnose the issue and make any necessary repairs.


 Checking your garbage disposal when it's not turning on can be a simple process, but it's important to know when to call a licensed electrician from In Charge Electric. By following these basic tips, you can troubleshoot the issue and determine if professional help is needed. Remember, safety always comes first, so if you're unsure about any electrical issue, don't hesitate to contact us at 352-350-7878

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