Garbage Disposal Throwing Breaker

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    • #274781
      MasterPlumbers
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      My Kenmore Disposal is not quite 6 years old. It has been working fine, but the other day it caused a breaker to trip when it was turned on. No sound, no indication of a jam, but the breaker trips every time. Any hope of repair? How easy for a novice to replace? Thanks……MAK

    • #290449
      Russ
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      First check to make sure disposer is not jammed, then check wire connections in unit ( loose wire )
      shorting out then last I would check switch. These simple checks might cure problem, if not, replacing unit is not difficult if you follow directions with new disposer.

    • #290450
      Guest
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      Thanks for the reply. If the grinder blades turn by hand (from “topside”), and a breaker trips even when plugged into a different outlet (w/o a switch), I guess that narrows it down to the wiring on the unit. Is it likely that there is a simple disassembly, or will I be pulling the whole unit, plumbing connections included, to examine wiring (or do the autopsy)?

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      Originally posted by Russ:
      First check to make sure disposer is not jammed, then check wire connections in unit ( loose wire )
      shorting out then last I would check switch. These simple checks might cure problem, if not, replacing unit is not difficult if you follow directions with new disposer.


    • #290451
      Russ
      Participant

      For peace of mind, I would just replace the disposer.

    • #290452
      daveroconn
      Participant

      Use Ohm meter to check power cord if you get high reading between both blades (positive and nutral) of the plug, motor is running to ground and is bad. Time for a new disposal my friend.

      Respectfully David Walling

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