Don't Ditch that Disposal! | Best Pick Reports

Disposal is dead. The internal circuit breaker for the disposal may have tripped. Check the red reset button on the bottom of the unit. If it has popped out, then the unit was reset and simply pressing the button will probably fix the problem. If the unit was not reset, or if pressing the button didn’t work, then the home’s main circuit breaker for the unit may have tripped. Check your circuit breaker and reset it if need be. If neither of the circuit breakers has tripped, then your disposal may have a faulty switch. Cut the power to the unit and replace the switch. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you should call an expert.

Disposal is draining very slowly. You probably have a clog in the drain line. Remove the bolts holding the discharge pipe to the unit, disconnect the drain trap, and check for obstructions. If you can’t find anything, there might be a clog in the pipe going into the wall, which you can clear out with a sink auger. Never use drain cleaners with a garbage disposal, as it will damage the disposal and fill your sink with toxic chemicals.