The Badger series of Insinkerator are the entry level models of garbage disposals. Insinkerator food waste disposers dominate the market as the most popular brand name of disposer out there. All models, even the low end ones, feature a dura-drive induction motor and and quik-lock sink mount for ease of service and replacement.
Insinkerator Badger 1 Troubleshooting & Repair Guide
The Badger 1 is the smallest and most economical model food waste disposer available. While it is a good disposal at this price point, it only has 1/3 HP…the motor itself is not very powerful, and therefore, abusing this model is not recommended.
In this guide manual we will go over the three basic problems that can go wrong with an Insinkerator Badger 1 garbage disposal, and the troubleshooting method for each issue.
If your Badger 1 is burned out, or leaking, you should consider upgrading to a higher quality food waste disposer.
The Badger 1 can encounter issues such as:
- Clogged Garbage disposal
- Wont Drain / Stopped Up
- Jammed: Buzzing noise, Unjamming a jammed garbage disposal.
- Garbage disposal leaking at the seal, or leaking at the bottom.
How to unclog an Insinkerator Badger 1 Garbage Disposal.
If the disposal is working, but the water and waste wont go down, you have a clogged disposal chamber, or a clogged disposer drain pipe. The first step is to use a plunger. 9 times out of 10, the plunger will do the trick. Fill the garbage disposal up until water starts to fill the kitchen sink. Then with the plunger firmly sealed at the mouth of the disposal, pump it up and down several times until you feel a suction building, and then yank the plunger up and hopefully dislodge the clogged particles. If this doesnt work, then you will have to remove the drain pipe exiting the side of the disposal and clean it out with a screwdriver or something long and skinny.
How to unjam an Insinkerator Badger 1 Disposal.
If your disposal is not working at all, or making a quiet buzzing noise when you turn it on, it is jammed. Use the Insinkerator Badger 1 disposal unjamming key, or an allen key and insert it into the center bottom of the disposal and try to rotate it and free up the gears. Once it is rotating freely, push the red reset button at the bottom of the garbage disposal to reset the motor.
How to get rid of bad odors and sharpen the blades of your Insinkerator Badger 1 garbage disposal.
If the disposer has a bad smell, or doesnt seem to grind the food particles up that well, you may a dirty disposal, or dull blades.
No problem, just put a bunch of ice cubes in your disposal and turn it on. The hard ice cubes will grind into slush and as they do, they will sharpen the blades and wash all the gunk out of your disposal chamber.
You can also try running a box of baking soda through the disposal. Be sure to run the water while pouring the baking soda into the drain.
Insinkerator Garbage disposal is leaking
If the disposal is leaking from the bottom, you will need to replace it with a new one as the chamber is probably rusted through. There are no suitable replacement parts for this situation.