What to Do When Your Garbage Disposal Overheats

Your garbage disposal is likely under-appreciated. Yes, everyone loves the fridge and the microwave, but think for a moment about how cleaning up after meals would be if the disposal stopped working. Oh, wait. That’s probably why you’re reading this blog.

There are several reasons for a garbage disposal to stop working. One of the most common is overheating. If this is the case, the problem has a very simple solution.

Can a Garbage Disposal Overheat?

Yes, a garbage disposal can overheat. If you’ve been using the garbage disposal without any issues and suddenly, you can’t even hear it humming, it likely shut off due to overheating.

3 Common Causes for Why a Garbage Disposal Overheats

A garbage disposal may overheat due to:

  • Overuse
  • Forcing items down the drain
  • Jammed motor

How to Fix an Overheated Garbage Disposal

1. Reason: Overuse

This is the simplest fix. Wait several minutes and flip the switch on again. If that doesn’t work, open the cabinet below the sink and locate the red “Reset” button on the disposal. As a third option, go to the breaker panel, locate the switch labeled “Kitchen” and check if the circuit breaker tripped. If it did, set it to the middle, neutral position before switching it back to “On”.

2. Reason: Forcing Items Down the Drain

Same as above. Give it a rest for a few minutes. If the red “Reset” button doesn’t work, wait ten or fifteen minutes and try resetting it again. Turn on the faucet and let cold water run if the disposal starts working again.

3. Reason: Jammed Motor

If there’s something jammed in the disposal, you’ll hear a humming sound coming from the sink. Before attempting to dislodge any items, open the cabinet below the sink and unplug the disposal. Then use a flashlight to look down into the drain for anything that could be stuck. Pull any items out with tongs. Once you remove the item(s), plug the disposal back in.

If you don’t see any lodged items when you look down into the drain, follow steps three through eight in our previous blog: How to Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal.

Garbage Disposal Repair in South Florida

If despite all your efforts, the garbage disposal is still not working, let Sansone Air Conditioning Electrical and Plumbing help you. We provide services in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie.

Contact Sansone today to schedule an appointment online.

Broward: (954) 800-2858
Palm Beach: (561) 701-8274
St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656

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