Yeah. Time to play Taps for that disposal. Anyone know good ones to get? I need a new one too (although I might just go without since I have a septic tank and am not supposed to have one-- but have had one for over 20 years).
Thank you! I'll have to look for those models. I should measure my old one. I know its a Kenmore 3/4hp one. It still looks all shiny but it is quite old. I think at least 20 years, but I'm not certain. It finally died out. Although I should test the power plug for it to make sure that its not the electrical outlet that died...I recommend Insinkerator Badger 5 for low-cost basic or an Insinkerator Evolution series if you want premium performance that will not disappoint you. Check disposal reviews and decide what will best work for you and your wallet.
Thanks. It's the plug in to an outlet type. I'll have to examine the cord and test the outlet later.20 years is a great lifespan for a disposal! Kenmore disposals are made by the same company as Insinkerator so all of the connections should be the same or similar. Check your existing power connection to the disposal. If it is hardwired re-use the same connection. If it was plugged in via a cord, check the cord for wear. If it is in good shape you can re-use or just replace it with a $12 new cord. Good luck!
If you have "a wire going up into the wall" do you mean something like Romex cable? If the "wire" is not encased in a metal flexible conduit, after shutting off the circuit breaker, cut it and install an outlet where the "wire" comes through the cabinet wall. Then install a new plug-in style cord on your new disposal.I thought it plugged in underneath, but when I checked this time its got a wire going up into the wall so its hardwired.
I've reached in to the disposal with gloves on until I hit metal and then moved my arm around to try to clear any blockages.If the motor hums when you hit the reset button, I can almost guarantee that disposal will have more life in it if you were to free the obstruction now. Either use the hex key on the bottom side and move it back and forth, or get the end of a broom stick down the sink to do the same.
The Badger 5 is smaller than any of the Evolution series disposals because the Badger series does not have any sound insulation and the insulation in the Evolution series adds bulk. I still maintain the Badger 5 is quieter than most disposals used to be. The plumbing connections are virtually identical across the whole Insinkerator line.Thanks, SHR.
So the Badger 5 and Badger Evolution are about the same size?
Btw, I hit the reset button and now instead of no sound, it makes a buzzing sound but doesn't do anything other than that.
I'm not sure what benefit (if any) there is to the continuous feed model.