How to Repair a Garbage Disposal
Common garbage disposal repairs include servicing a flywheel, hoses, seals, and a worn impeller. Here are the step-by-step instructions for these repairs.
Servicing the flywheel:
- Check the bottom side of the disposal for a six-sided (hex) hole.
- If it has one, look for a hex wrench in a pouch on or near the disposal.
- Simply insert the hex wrench in the hex hole and rotate it in a circle in both directions to free the flywheel.
Servicing Hoses and Seals:
- Place a hand at various locations around the disposal.
- If the leakage is from underneath the garbage disposal, it is probably leaking through the flywheel seal and into the motor.
- You will need to remove the garbage disposal from the drain system. Disassemble the unit and replace the seal — or take it in for service.
Servicing Worn Impellers:
- Unplug the garbage disposal.
- Remove all hose fittings leading into or away from the disposal.
- To service worn impellers on many models, you must remove the flywheel.
- Once the flywheel is removed, the impellers can be removed or sharpened in place.
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