Ever have one of those days when nothing goes right? Then to top it all off, you’re in the middle of cooking or clean-up and the garbage disposal freezes up? A frozen garbage disposal doesn’t require a call to the local handyman. In most cases you can fix it yourself if you have a certain tool and a little know how.
This is the tool:
You should have received one of these when you purchased your garbage disposal. Never fear, though, if you don’t have one, a ¼” allen wrench will work just as well. In fact, if you can’t find the tool that came with your garbage disposal, you might want to get an allen wrench and keep it handy. It’s probably a good idea to tape the wrench to the inside of the cabinet that houses your garbage disposal so when you need it, you’ll know right where it is!
Just in case you don’t know what your garbage disposal looks like, here’s a picture:
To unfreeze your garbage disposal, go to the very bottom of the disposal and find the opening in the center. Insert the wrench and move it to the right and left. If your garbage disposal is frozen, you should feel resistance. Keep working it and eventually it should get easier. That means your disposal is good to go.
That’s it. Now you know how to fix a frozen garbage disposal. But if you don’t have the wrench, put that on your to do list and get one the next time you’re out. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you did!