How do I un-jam my garbage disposal?

3 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    You will need a hex wrench to fit the socket on the bottom of the garbage disposal housing. Most disposals come with a little wrench just for this purpose. (It's probably somewhere at the bottom of your sink base cabinet.) If you don't have a disposal wrench, you can use a standard 1/4-inch Allen wrench.

    Hex wrench


    Needle-nose pliers (optional)

  • 3 weeks ago

    Identify the hex socket on the center of the underside of the garbage disposal unit. It's inside a small, round hole in the motor housing. Insert the hex wrench into this socket, then move the wrench back and forth to free the jam or confirm that the impeller is freed. If that doesn't work, then you might have to buy a new unit.

  • 3 weeks ago

    It should have a off angle Allen wrench that you can stick in the bottom and turn the rotor. First, turn it off by unplugging it. Second, insert the wrench into the Allen hole at the bottom of the pump. Turn the rotor a bit. Then look down the hole at the sink and see if you can see what caused it to jam. Use a long grabber to get it out. Do not stick your hand down there, it can get stuck. Once you have the stuff out. Remove the wrench, plug it back in and give it a try. Do not forget to run water.

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