how to reset your garbage disposal

A garbage disposal is a handy appliance in your kitchen, but occasionally it might need a reset, especially if it gets jammed or stops working. Follow these steps to safely reset your garbage disposal: 

Why Reset a Garbage Disposal? 

  • Jamming Prevention: Resetting can help free a jammed disposal, allowing it to resume normal operation. 
  • Electrical Issue: If the disposal stops working, resetting it can troubleshoot minor electrical issues. 



Resetting the Garbage Disposal: 

  1. Turn Off the Disposal:  Before attempting a reset, ensure the garbage disposal is turned off. You can do this by pressing the reset button on the bottom of the unit. 
  2. Locate the Reset Button: Find the small red or black reset button on the bottom of the disposal unit. 
  3. Press the Reset Button:  Press the reset button firmly. You might feel a slight click, indicating that the reset has been initiated. 
  4. Check for Jammed Objects:  If the disposal jammed, use a flashlight to inspect the grinding chamber for any foreign objects. Use pliers or tongs to remove any debris. 
  5. Turn On the Disposal:  After pressing the reset button and clearing any jams, turn on the disposal to check if it’s working properly. 



  • Use Cold Water: Run cold water while using the disposal to solidify grease and help prevent jams. 
  • Avoid Hard Items: Refrain from putting hard items like bones or fibrous materials down the disposal to prevent jams. 
  • Regular Maintenance: Periodically clean your garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes and citrus peels to eliminate odors and maintain efficiency. 


Knowing how to reset your garbage disposal is a useful skill for maintaining a smoothly running kitchen. If you encounter persistent issues or have questions, feel free to reach out to us for assistance. 

Happy cooking!