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Insinkerator FAQ Waste Disposal Machine Troubleshooting

Below we have compiled a list of the most common problems that you may encounter when owning and using an InsinkeratorEvolution 200 premium insides food waste disposal machine.

Most common problems or frequently asked questions about food waste disposers can easily be solved in the home by the homeowner without having to call out an Insinkerator service engineer.

Calling out an Insinkerator service engineer may incur a cost to yourself and you may be surprised how easily a problem can be fixed at home in a matter of minutes.

Insinkerator waste disposal machines are extremely reliable and offer virtually trouble free maintenance providing you don’t accidentally drop a spoon, a fork or and other foreign object inside of the grinding chamber.

Domestic Insinkerator food waste disposers can last for over 10 years with normal wear and tear, thats the sign of a quality built machine, Incinerators have been manufactured in the USA since 1968.

1, My Insinkerator is making a buzzing or humming noise

If your food waste disposer is humming or making a buzzing noise it is most probably jammed. Switch off the power to the waste disposal unit unplugging it from the wall if possible, remove the rubber splash guard in the drain hole and shine a torch inside to see if a foreign object is caught between the rotating wheel and the grinding ring. If this is the case, get the metal alan key which comes with a new Insinkerator waste disposal unit, insert it at the bottom of the motor in the centre and turn the rotating wheel anticlockwise and forwards again. At first it may be hard to do if its severely jammed, once the motor is free shine a torch inside the grinding chamber and remove the foreign object by hand if your hands are small enough or use chopsticks or some long tongs. If you can’t see the foreign object, run the tap and switch the machine back on to see if it clears, if it does your job is done, if not repeat the steps above until it has been remove. Other reasons for humming or buzzing noises are old worn out machines which need replacing.

ALWAYS REMOVE THE ALAN KEY BEFORE SWITCHING ON THE MOTOR

2, My Insinkerator won’t switch on at all

If your waste disposal unit is giving no sign of life first check that it is switched on and has power, you will be surprised at the amount of machines that get turned off accidentally. If the machine is switched on check that the reset button at the bottom of the machine has not popped out, this button is not visible to the eye, you will have to get down on your hands and knees as this button is located on the underside of most food waste disposers, the colour of this button is normally red sometimes they can be black. Once you have found the button push it inwards if it has popped out, now try activating the machine, if it works job done problem solved. Other reasons for the button popping out is due to overload on the motor which is caused by food waste which docent have enough water to help liquidise the food when in operation or foreign objects caught between the trotting wheel and the cutting ring. If you do manage to get the machine going again check inside of the chamber with a torch to make sure there are no foreign objects inside, if there is remove them, Always unplug the machine first. More reasons for not switching off are faulty batch feed controllers or faulty air buttons and las but not least a dead motor.

Insinkerator FAQ Waste Disposal Machine Troubleshooting

3, My Insinkerator won’t take the food away and it looks blocked

If your waste disposer is running but won’t take the food or the water away it is probably blocked. Blockages in most waste disposers are caused by fat, grease or not using enough water to chop up the waste food. When using a waste disposal machine always turn on the cold water tap first, switch the machine on, then slowly push food waste in tot he grind chamber until it has al gone then turn the machine off then the water, never use hot water to chop up food as it can cause blockages and extra wear and tear. If your machine is blocked, put a large shallow bowl under the the waste disposal U-bend and undo the U-bend to drain the water out, you may find that the U-bend is blocked, if so clean it out. Once you have cleaned out the U-bend re-fit it then try the waste disposer to see if it works, if so your work is complete if not you may have a blockage further down the waste pipe or the grind chamber needs cleaning out too.

3, My Insinkerator won’t turn on properly when i press the air button

If your food waste disposer won’t switch on when you press the air button or it does after multiple presses you may need a new air button. The easiest way to check and solve this mystery is by pulling the pipe off the back of the air button, this may feel impossible to pull off as they are on nice and tight. Once you have put your finger on the back of the button where the pipe came off,press the button and if there is no compression the fault is with the air button. To confirm this blow on the air pipe and it should activate the waste disposal machine, if it does blow again to turn off the machine. If this solves your problem no need to call and engineer just order a new air button from our website and install it yourself, the old one is easy to remove it just unscrews.

4, My Batchfeed Insinkerator won’t turn on at all

If your batch feed Insinkerator won’t turn on at all try the reset button underneath as it may have popped out, check the fuse, swap it for another one from a working appliance. if after checking all of the previous steps and it still doesn’t work you will either need a new batch feed sensor or a new bactchfeed kit spending on which model you have. If your batch feed waste disposer is old the parts may be obsolete and you may have to buy a new waste disposer, or on the newer models try replacing the batch feed kit, these can be bought off our website.

5, My Insinkerator is fusing the electrics

If your Insinkerator is fusing the electrics like tripping the trip switches on your electrical consumer unit you may have either, an old worn out waste disposal machine, this is caused by leaking water from the grind chamber going on the to electrics of the motor. Other reasons for the electrics tripping are loose electrical wiring which feeds the waste disposer with electric. Check all the wires and electrical fittings, if all this has been done, get and extension lead and plug the disposer in to a different circuit of the house to see if the sam problem occurs, if it does you may need a new Insinkerator if it doesn’t then you may have a fault on your wiring circuit which will need to be checked by and electrician. All of the above can be checked by yourself or an electrician. Always turn off the electrical supply at the consumer unit before carrying out any work.

6, My Insinkerator is making a rattling or crunching sound

If your insinkerator is making a  rattling or crunching sound stop the machine and unplug it from the wall. Remove the rubber splash guard and shine a torch inside the grind chamber as there is probably a foreign object inside if there is, remove it. Once you have removed the foreign object, try the machine again, if the sound has gone problem solved.

7, My Insinkerator is making a grinding or squealing noise

If your insinkerator is making a grinding, squealing or a metal on metal sound the swivel cutting teeth are most probably rubbing on the grind ring inside of the grinding chamber, this problem is caused by wear and tear or using hot water instead of cold water when chopping up food. Shine a torch inside the grind chamber and see if the swivel teeth are touching the grind ring, if they are this may be the end of your machine as it work out uneconomical to repair.

8, My Insinkerator is smelling or giving off a bad odour

If your Insinkerator is giving off a bad odour this can be caused by lack of use as food can rot as its drying out inside the grind chamber. Always use the machine regularly and always with plenty of water. To clean the waste disposer is easy, turn on the machine with no water and drop in a small bit of lemon to get rid of the bad odour, don’t use too much lemon without water as will block the waste disposal unit.

9, My Insinkerator is leaking

If your Insinkerator is leaking shine a torch all the way around the top where it connects to the sink whilst running the tap to see if the quick release joint is leaking, if it is you will need to turn off the power, remove the machine either change the seals or change the quick release connection for a new one if it is corroded you can find these on our website here.

If the Insinkerator waste disposal machine is leaking out of the bottom this is not good as the motor seals have gone, this can be a costly fix if the parts are available from Insinkerator but this sort of problem normally occurs on older worn out machines, if your machine is old you would be better off buying a new one, you can find a new replacement food waste disposer on our website here

If your problem is not listed do let us know and if we can we will post an answer to your problem.

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