How to Fix Garbage Disposal Humming

If your garbage disposal started humming all of a sudden, in 9 out of 10 instances, the reason is that something is stuck in the disposal. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix this particularly annoying problem.

garbage disposal humming in kitchen while woman is covering her ears

Introduction: The Unexpected Symphony

Picture this: You’re minding your own business, trying to convince yourself that, yes, you can indeed cook a five-star meal using nothing but frozen peas and two-day-old leftovers. Then, suddenly, your kitchen is filled with a glorious humming sound. No, it’s not the opening act of your next favorite opera – it’s your garbage disposal, and it’s calling for your help.

Well fear not, I’m here to save your day.

Chapter 1: The Unplugging Chronicles

Before we dive into the epic tale of the humming disposal, let’s get one thing straight: ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY REPAIRS. Seriously, it’s not worth losing a finger over some veggie scraps.

Now, with safety precautions in place, let’s continue our adventure.

Chapter 2: The Great (Dis)Assembly

Ah, the classic wrench in the gears. Or, in this case, the wrench in the disposal. The humming noise usually means that something is stuck in the disposal, causing the motor to jam. So, naturally, we must embark on a quest to find the source of this mysterious obstruction.

Grab a flashlight (or a torch, for my fellow adventurers across the pond) and peer into the abyss. Can you see the source of the blockage? If yes, congratulations – you’re one step closer to victory. If not, don’t worry – there’s still hope.

Chapter 3: The Plunger Chronicles

This next step may seem unconventional, but hear me out. Grab a plunger, preferably one reserved for kitchen-related shenanigans, and place it over the drain. Yes, you read that right. We’re plunging a sink.

Gently pump the plunger up and down, as if you’re playing the world’s least entertaining accordion. This can help dislodge whatever is causing the jam. Feel free to hum along with the disposal—after all, it’s only fair that you both get to make some noise.

Chapter 4: The Great Reset

If, by some cruel twist of fate, the plunger method doesn’t work, it’s time for the big guns: the reset button. Most garbage disposals have a reset button on the bottom of the unit. Press this magical button and give the disposal another whirl. Did the humming stop? If so, feel free to take a victory lap around your kitchen.

Chapter 5: The Final Frontier – Calling for Backup

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we must admit defeat and call for reinforcements. If all else fails, it’s time to call in a professional. Yes, it may hurt your pride, but think of the sweet, sweet silence that will fill your kitchen once more.

Epilogue: The Lessons Learned

As we reach the end of our journey, let’s reflect on the lessons we’ve learned. First and foremost, always unplug your garbage disposal. Second, never underestimate the power of a trusty plunger. Finally, don’t be afraid to call in the experts when necessary.

And there you have it – the tale of the humming garbage disposal. May your future kitchen endeavors be filled with laughter, sarcasm, and, most importantly, a fully functioning disposal.

Bonus Chapter: Kill Two Birds with One Stone

While you are at it, you might as well clean your garbage disposal completely. Trust me, the machine will thank you for that.

If you are not sure how to clean your disposal properly, check out our guide on that very topic.

Peace out.