Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Troubleshoot Insinkerator Problems

Run the sink water through the drain system to allow it to clean the disposer.

InSinkErator garbage disposal appliances drain dishwasher waste as well as waste from the sink. Poor dishwasher performance sometimes indicates a clogged InSinkErator--a jammed InSinkErator often prevents a dishwasher from draining. Sometimes, the sink drain clogs without causing apparent effect on the InSinkErator. Potential InSinkErator problems include jamming, unpleasant smells and a nondraining sink.


1. Drain the sink by plunging it. Bail water if the sink becomes clogged or the InSinkErator becomes jammed. Turn the power off at the home's circuit breaker or unplug the InSinkErator, if possible. Insert the included wrenchette. Work the wrenchette backward and forward to unjam fiberlike materials, such as coconut husks or flower stems. The wrenchette inserts into the hole at the bottom of the garbage disposer.

2. Insert tongs into the garbage disposer cavity and remove anything lodged debris. Use a flashlight to view dark objects like shellfish shells. Barbecue tongs work well for this purpose.

3. Press the red overload button adjacent to the wrenchette's hole to turn on the InSinkErator again. Reinsert the plug or flip on the circuit breaker. Run the water and turn the InSinkErator switch to the on position. The appliance should run normally.

4. Stopper the sink with the included plug. Fill the sink about halfway if the sink smells. Deposit the contents of a baking soda pack into the water. Run the sink water through the drain system and allow it to clean the disposer. Take breaks--run the water for a few seconds. Wait a moment and repeat.

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