Insinkerator Model 17 Troubleshooting & Repair Guide

The Insinkerator Model 17 is a batch-feed style, durable, stainless steel model of food waste disposer. Insinkerator food waste disposers dominate the market as the best brand name of disposer out there.

All models feature a dura-drive induction motor and and quik-lock sink mount for ease of service and replacement. The Insinkerator Model 17 has a HP motor, and is plenty strong to handle most food grinding. This model also features batch feed technology, for enhanced safety the unit will only run with cover on and engaged.

Insinkerator Model 17 Troubleshooting1 Insinkerator Model 17 Troubleshooting & Repair GuideThis model is a great choice food disposer for that want a safe, reliable disposal that will LAST the long haul. In this guide manual we will go over the three basic problems that can go wrong with an Insinkerator Model 17 garbage disposal, and the troubleshooting method for each issue.

Insinkerator Model 17  Insinkerator Model 17 Troubleshooting & Repair Guide
Issues such as: clogged Garbage disposal wont drain,
Unjamming a jammed, or buzzing noise garbage disposal,
garbage disposal leaking at the seal, or leaking at the bottom.

How to unclog an Insinkerator Model 17 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 Model 17.

This model rarely jams, as it features Insinkerators batch feed technology and so it cant be over stuffed too easily. However, even these can sometimes jam under heavy workload.
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 Model 17 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 Model 17 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.

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.

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