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How To Find Your Garbage Disposal Reset Button

A malfunctioning garbage disposal can throw off your entire kitchen routine. Not knowing what the problem is can also send you spiraling into worries about how serious it is. Thankfully, most garbage disposal problems are pretty simple to address. All it takes is knowing how to find the garbage disposal reset button.

We’ll go over a few topics to help you fix any problem you have with your garbage disposal. Each of these will allow you to fix typical issues by yourself. However, should you ever need any help, don’t hesitate to contact qualified plumbers to help you address your issues. The topics we’ll cover include:

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What Does the Garbage Disposal Reset Button Do?

Pretty much every modern garbage disposal has several built-in safety systems. Whenever something jams the blades or the disposal overheats, these systems trigger, and the machine pops out a small reset button. Assuming nothing else is wrong with the unit and the blades are free of any blockages, pressing the button will reset the appliance. However, before you press your garbage disposal’s reset button, you must know the proper procedure.

Steps for Resetting Your Garbage Disposal

To stay safe, follow a few simple steps before resetting your garbage disposal. Failing to follow these steps could lead to an injury or damage to the unit.

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

The first thing you should always do before working on any appliance is to make sure it doesn’t have power. Flip the switch to your unit to the off position. Then, either unplug the disposal from the wall or turn off the switch on your breaker panel assigned to the disposal (or that area of your kitchen.) This second step is extra necessary to ensure that the garbage disposal doesn’t accidentally turn on, potentially harming whoever is working on it.

Step 2: Clear Any Blockages

One of the most common reasons behind a garbage disposal shutting down is a blockage, causing the machine to overheat. Utensils, bones, and even jewelry can all obstruct the blades and cause problems. If obstructions are still blocking your disposal’s blades, pressing the reset button will do very little. Try to remove the blockage using a pair of long pliers or tongs. For safety, avoid sticking your hand directly into the unit.

Step 3: Locate the Reset Button

Once you remove any existing blockages, it’s time to learn how to find your garbage disposal reset button. Usually, the button is on the bottom of the unit, but it may also be somewhere on the sides. Most brands will color the button red to make it easier to find. If you’re struggling to find the button, refer to the unit’s user manual or check the manufacturer’s website.

Step 4: Press the Reset Button

Now that you know where the button is, you only have to press it. There is a chance that the disposal will still be too hot, and the button will pop out again. Simply wait 10 to 15 minutes to allow it to cool before trying again.

Step 5: Restore Power and Test

If the button stays in place once you press it, you can move on. Plug the disposal back in or flip the breaker switch back to the on position. Run some cold water for several seconds and flip the switch to turn the unit on. It should start immediately and sound completely normal. However, if you hear a hum or other problem, turn it off immediately because the disposal is jammed. This is a sign that you may need professional plumbing assistance.

When to Call a Plumbing Professional

Though you can resolve the most common garbage disposal problems just by following these steps, there will be times when you need to bring in a plumbing expert. Stop and reach out if there are leaks at any point in this process or if the garbage disposal is making strange noises when you attempt to restart it. Additionally, if the reset button continues to pop back out after you press it, there is likely a more major problem that needs addressing.

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Luke Cooper