How to Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are simple machines--basically a motor and a flywheel with impeller arms that spin and shred whatever they touch. Sometimes, though, the machine can jam on a bottle top or other debris, or trip a circuit breaker when it's overloaded. If that happens, you just need to take a quick step or two to repair it.
Things You Will Need
- Long-nose Pliers
- Short Broomstick
- 1/4-inch (6-mm) Allen (hex) Wrench
- Never use a chemical drain cleaner to try to clear debris from the garbage disposal. The caustic chemicals can damage gaskets and other parts.
- To avoid jams, keep the opening to your disposal covered with a rubber strainer when not in use.