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Why doesn't my disposer work when I turn it on?
Is there power to the disposer? If you can test this, do that
first. Check your fuse-box or circuit breakers. If you have power, look
on the bottom of the disposer unit. There's a small red button on most
disposers, located underneath the unit or near the bottom called the
reset button. If this button is popped out, the disposer motor overload
has gotten too hot. This usually only occurs if there is a jam and you
leave it turned on too long. Clear the jam, described below, and reset
the overload safety by pressing in the red button. You may hear a
little clicking sound as you push the reset button, that's normal. If
it pops again when you turn the disposer on, the disposer is probably
jammed. If you have power to the motor, it still won't turn, and
there's no sound at all from it, your motor is probably worn out. Your
best bet is to just replace the disposer.