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i just moved into this home a month and a half ago. I don't know anything about trash compactors apart from the fact that, one can put solid foods in and turn the switch on. It takes in every kind of food i've put in (spinach, cottage cheese, chicken (bones), etc). Two days ago I turned it on and it would not start. There is a light switch right beside the compactor switch. I turned the light switch on and the light came on, but the compactor switch does not seem to be reacting at all. It's also clogged the drain. When the sink is turned on the water does not go down. Please help me and tell me what I should be doing to fix this problem and I am completely lost. Thanks!

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Well, sounds like you're talking about the garbage disposer. Try this:

1. Make sure the disposer power cord is plugged in and the wall socket has power with the switch on (try plugging something else in the socket to test or use a voltmeter).
2. Press the red reset button at the bottom of the disposer and try it again.
3. If the disposer is jammed, read this post on how to release it.

Here is a sample Use and Care manual for a Whirlpool garbage disposer. It will tell you how to use the disposer, what you can put in it, etc.

Post the results here.
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