Well guys, you did such a great job helping me diagnose and replace the hi/low cap in our central air conditioner last year I thought I'd try you again before dropping some Christmas light funds on a new unit...
Tonight my wife jammed a bunch of mushroom stems into the kitchen sink garbage disposal and THEN turned it on. Naturally the motor hummed but the thing didn't spin/grind at all. I removed everything from the inside by hand, rinsed it out and still the same. Tried the reset button on the bottom as well as an allen wrench. The unit spins freely when I use the allen wrench in both directions. Now here's the strange part...when the unit is on and the motor is humming (but the blades not spinning) if I put the allen wrench into the bottom and give it a twist, the blades start spinning (and keep spinning). As soon as I turn it off, it reverts back to the same hum without spinning. At no time did water backup, water has always flowed freely through the garbage disposal, even when all the mushroom stems were in it.
Any ideas or am I stuck buying (and uninstalling/reinstalling) a new garbage disposal this weekend?
Thanks in advance everyone,
PS: I've also tried wrapping mini lights around it under the sink which didn't seem to help a bit either. ;)