No, the disposer is designed to be maintenance-free. Regular usage is the best way to keep your disposer in good condition. If you want to know how to clean the disposer, have a look at the tips given on this webpage.
This depends on which type of food waste you are disposing. Shredding potato peels takes less time than shredding chicken bones. It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. The sound of the disposer will change when there is no more food in the disposer. On average it takes 15-20 seconds.
A metal or plastic object can have ended up in the disposer, which makes a lot of noise. Turn off the power and check inside the disposer to see if there is anything that shouldn’t be there. Use a wooden or plastic tool to take the object out. You can also carefully try to take it out by hand, but to be sure unplug the disposer first.
Have a look at the tips to see what you can do when the disposer has a hard time with grinding tough biodegradable waste.
If you are sure there is power supplied to the disposer, it is likely that the overload protector has been activated.
With the disposer unplugged, check inside the disposer and remove anything that shouldn’t be there, like metal or plastic objects, with a wooden or plastic tool or carefully by hand. Plug in the disposer again, then press the reset button on the base of the disposer. If the disposer still doesn’t function, check your fuse box.
If something is really stuck in the disposer, read the next FAQ
Something is preventing the shredder plate from turning. Turn off the power and aks your student caretaker for help. The student caretaker has a wrenchette that fits the hex shaped hole under the base of the disposer. Turn the wrenchette backward and forward until you can turn it 360°. Remove the wrenchette and remove any hard objects from inside the disposer with a wooden or plastic tool. You can also carefully try to take it out by hand, but to be sure unplug the disposer first. Try if the disposer works again.
Turn the power off and check inside the disposer. Make sure that the two metal impellers on the rotating shredder can rotate 360°. If they are stuck, try tapping the impellers with a wooden or plastic tool to allow them to swivel freely. Or try grinding a hard bone, fruit pit or ice cubes to help free the impellers. If this is not working ask your student caretaker for help.