My Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On


Problem: Disposal Will Not Turn On (no noise)
Ok, before you call out a repairman to diagnose the problem, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem on your own. This might save you a few bucks. You can thank me later.
If the Garbage Disposal will not turn on and it is NOT making that familiar humming sound, then there is most likely some sort of electrical problem.

1. First, check for the obvious: make sure the garbage disposal is plugged in. Don’t laugh…I’ve seen it happen!
2. If it is plugged in then press the Reset button found on the bottom of the unit. (it is usually red) If it has reset, the button will be popped out. Simply push it back in and flip the Garbage Disposal switch to “on” to see if this solved problem.  I get calls from clients that I have built a room addition or done a home remodel saying that their garbage disposal isn’t working. Then, the plumber shows up and presses the reset button and PROBLEM SOLVED! Of coarse they have to charge you for making the trip out to your house, so please check for yourself first.
3. If that does not work, check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped. If your electrician did his job correctly when he installed the breaker box, he will have labeled all your breakers by room. If not, you will have to flip all the breakers off and then back on to see if this solves the problem.
4. If the breaker has not tripped and the reset button is not popped out, then it’s either a faulty switch or a faulty garbage disposal. If you are not handy with electricity, you will need to call an electrician to troubleshoot for you. After he tests for power to the plug and switch, you will now know if the garbage disposal is faulty and needs to be replaced. (usually about $80 and can be found cheaper online than buying from a major home improvement store)   Here is where we order ours from:  Garbage Disposal.  A plumber can install the new garbage disposal for you….if not, give me a call if you live in San Antonio, and I’ll get it done for you.