How to Find Your Garbage Disposal’s Red Reset Button

A kitchen countertop

Having a hard time figuring out how to find your garbage disposal’s red reset button?

The reset button on your garbage disposal can be a lifesaver when the unit is not working properly. Unfortunately, sometimes locating it can be a bit tricky.

But don’t worry; I’m here to help!

If you’re having difficulties finding your garbage disposal’s reset button, please try going under the sink for a better view or checking your user manual in case you suspect your model has a complex design.

Read on to reset at will!

In-case you prefer to listen, here’s a clip from our podcast where we discuss the red reset button on a garbage disposal.

Locating the Reset Button in Your Garbage Disposal

In this section, I’ll guide you through finding the reset button on your garbage disposal.

In my opinion, it’s always good to know the location of the reset button, just in case your disposal starts acting up.

#1 Look Under the Sink

From what I’ve seen, the red reset button you’re looking for is directly under your garbage disposal’s container, under the sink.

The purpose of the reset button is to allow you to provide the garbage disposal with a fresh start if something goes wrong.

garbage disposal under kitchen sink
Look for the reset button under the garbage disposal container.

While there’s no specified limit to how many times you can reset your garbage disposal, I’d recommend only doing it when it’s absolutely necessary. After all, the reset button can wear out over time, and you definitely don’t want this to happen prematurely.

Here’s how to reset your garbage disposal:

  1. Unplug your garbage disposal to prevent any electrical hazards. Then, get some thick towels you can lay on and look under your kitchen countertop.
  2. Your garbage disposal’s red reset button should be under the appliance’s container. It should be easy to spot, as the color is normally very bright and not too small. Please press it.
  3. Once you’ve pressed it, wait for 10 minutes to allow your garbage disposal to cool down.
  4. Run cold water down the drain and check if the unit works again. Best case scenario, the mission was successful, and you can now keep conveniently shredding anything you need.

#2 Check Your User Manual

I recommend checking the user manual if you can’t find the reset button on your garbage disposal.

I know most people (myself, sometimes included) fail to read the manual as it’s a lot more fun and practical to learn on the go. However, this is one of the easiest ways to misuse an appliance or feel confused about one of its features.

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Reading your user manual can help you find the reset button on your garbage disposal.

There’s a good chance that, if it’s not visible, you’ll find your garbage disposal’s red reset button within the appliance.

Solution: As I mentioned earlier, checking your user manual should be your go-to to pinpoint the exact location of the button. But what if you already threw it out years ago?

In case you can’t find your manual, you’ll have to turn to the Internet.

All you have to do is go to Google and search for “<Your Appliance’s Make And Model> User Manual,” or you can check our detailed guide on how to find any product manual online.

Garbage Disposal Reset Button: FAQ

What Is the Purpose of a Reset Button on a Garbage Disposal?

The red reset button on your garbage disposal serves as a safety mechanism to protect the unit.

When the garbage disposal becomes overheated or jammed, the reset button is triggered, automatically shutting off the unit. The power interruption prevents further damage to the motor and allows it to cool down, allowing it to recover.

How Long Do I Hold the Garbage Disposal Reset Button?

The duration for which you should hold the reset button will depend on the specific garbage disposal you own. However, you typically need to hold it for about 5 seconds or until it stays retracted.

Finding Your Garbage Disposal’s Reset Button

Hopefully, now you know where the reset button on your garbage disposal is.

Remember, the reset button is typically at the bottom of your garbage disposal. If you can’t find it, don’t forget to check the manufacturer’s manual.

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