To reset a Moen garbage disposal, first disconnect the power supply. Find the reset button on the bottom of the unit; it's usually popped out if the disposal has tripped. Press the button until it clicks into place, level with the unit.
Restore power and test the disposal. If it doesn't work or keeps tripping, further troubleshooting is required. Follow these instructions for a proper reset.
Safety First: Power Off
Turn off the power to your Moen garbage disposal before resetting it to avoid electric shock. To do this, unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet under the sink. If your disposal is hardwired, switch off the corresponding circuit breaker in your home's breaker box, which is usually located in a basement, garage, or utility area. Do not rely on a wall switch as a safety measure; always disconnect the power at the source.
After ensuring the power is off, you may proceed with the reset process. Always prioritize safety when handling electrical appliances.
Locate the Reset Button
Disconnect the power to the Moen garbage disposal before attempting to locate the reset button. The reset button is a small, red, and recessed button on the bottom front side of the unit. It serves as a safety feature to protect the disposal from overloads.
The location of the reset button can vary. For models like the GX75C and GXP50C, it may not be immediately visible, and you may need a tool like a screwdriver to reach it. The red color of the button helps to identify it in the dark space at the base of the disposal.
Pressing the reset button reactivates the internal breaker that cuts power during an overload. This step can resolve issues without further troubleshooting.
If you have difficulty finding the reset button, consult images or videos for your specific Moen model for guidance. The reset button is essential for the maintenance and function of your Moen garbage disposal.
Press the Reset Button
Locate and firmly press the reset button on your Moen garbage disposal to reset the electrical connection after an overload or issue. The reset button functions as a safety breaker, preventing potential damage to the motor by cutting off power under excessive strain.
You should feel a click when pressing the reset button, signifying that the breaker has reset. If there is no click, ensure you're pressing firmly but without excessive force. If the button does not click or is stuck, professional help may be required.
Allow the disposal to rest for a short period after pressing the reset button to ensure the electrical connection is stable. Then, turn on the disposal as usual. If it operates normally, the reset was successful.
If the disposal doesn't start or repeatedly trips the reset button, stop attempting to reset. First, check for and clear any blockages. If there are no obstructions or if problems persist, consult a professional or Moen's support resources for further assistance.
Troubleshoot Persistent Jams
To fix a jam in a Moen garbage disposal, first, turn off the power for safety. Check the chamber for any visible blockages, such as utensils or small items, and remove them with pliers or tongs without placing hands inside the disposal.
If no blockage is visible, manually rotate the blades using a wooden spoon or a garbage disposal wrench to dislodge hidden obstructions. Afterward, press the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. Wait 15 minutes before restoring power and testing the disposal.
If the disposal doesn't work, inspect for a clogged discharge elbow. If the problem persists, seek professional help, as the issue may be more complex than a simple jam.
Manually Rotate Impellers
Before rotating the impellers of a Moen garbage disposal, disconnect the power to prevent unintended operation. Inspect the canister for foreign objects that may cause a blockage and remove them with tongs or pliers. Ensure that the impellers move freely by gently pushing them with a wooden spoon.
If the impellers do not move after debris removal, use a garbage disposal wrench. Insert it into the hex-shaped hole at the bottom of the disposal and rotate the impellers with a back-and-forth motion to clear any obstructions.
If a wrench is not available, a broom handle can be used instead. Insert the handle through the sink drain and manually push the impellers clockwise, applying moderate force to avoid damage.
Keep the power disconnected during this process. If the problem persists or there is potential damage to the unit, contact a professional for assistance.
Clearing Sink Blockage
To fix a sink blockage and reset a Moen garbage disposal, first ensure the sink is not clogged, as blockages can stop the disposal from working. Begin by running cool water to possibly clear minor clogs. If the blockage is severe, use kitchen tongs or pliers to remove visible debris without injuring your hands or damaging the blades. Next, use a wooden spoon to rotate the blades and break up remaining debris.
If the clog remains, use a hex wrench to manually turn the blades via the hex-shaped hole at the bottom of the disposal unit. Turn it clockwise to dislodge stuck items. If the blockage still persists after these steps, press the 'Reset' button on the bottom of the disposal.
If the disposal does not work after resetting, contact a professional to avoid further damage to the unit or plumbing. Regular maintenance ensures the disposal works effectively.
Test the Garbage Disposal
After resetting your Moen garbage disposal, testing it is important to ensure it works correctly. Before testing, turn off the power for safety.
Firstly, check the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. If it is sticking out, press it back in with a screwdriver to reset the internal breaker.
Once reset, turn the power on and use a flashlight to check for blockages. If the sink and disposal are clear, run water and switch on the disposal to test it. Listen for any abnormal sounds. A smooth, quiet operation indicates a successful reset.
If the reset button won't stay in or the disposal doesn't work, wait 15 minutes before trying to reset again. If it still doesn't work, contact a professional for help as there may be a more serious problem.
Prevent Future Disposal Jams
Maintain your Moen garbage disposal by avoiding foods that cause jams, such as coffee grounds, grease, oil, fats, eggshells, onion skins, and potato peels. These can stick to the blades and internal parts, leading to clogs.
Also, limit the disposal of expandable foods like pasta, rice, oats, and bread, which can swell and block the unit. When disposing of these, use small quantities and run cool water to help food waste flow through easily.
Regularly clean and inspect your disposal to prevent jams and humming sounds. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for proper maintenance.
Consistent adherence to these practices will keep your disposal working efficiently and reduce the need to reset the unit, ensuring its longevity.