How to replace a garbage disposer
Garbage disposers grind food waste so it can be flushed down the sink drain. To prevent problems, choose a garbage disposer with at least a ˝ horsepower motor, and a self-reversing feature to prevent jamming. If the disposer won’t run and doesn’t hum when you turn it on, push the reset button on the bottom of the unit, and insert a wrench and turn clockwise.
Another way to free a jammed disposer is to use a wood handle, such as a broomstick, to turn it from the top. Insert the broom handle into the disposer and try to rotate the impeller assembly. If all these measures fail, install a new disposer.
How to remove a garbage disposer
When replacing a disposer, bear in mind that both removal and installation will be easier if you replace the unit with another of the same make and model.
- Loosen the screw holding the clamp. Remove the drain hose.
- Disconnect the continuous waste pipe from discharge tube.
- Insert screwdriver into the lug and turn counterclockwise.
- Loosen mounting screw and remove mounting assembly.
- Remove the sink sleeve by pushing up from the bottom.