garbage disposals and GFCI
February 25, 2006 3:36 PM Subscribe
My garbage disposal trips the nearby GFCI circuit every time I use it. What can I do?
posted by MrMoonPie to home & garden (10 answers total)
We've been in our house about a year and a half. Starting about a month ago, every time I flip the wall switch to turn on the in-sink garbage disposal, the nearby GFCI outlet switches off within a second or two. The disposal is plugged into an outlet under the sink, which is not GFCI, though I assume it’s on the same circuit.
If I plug the disposal into another outlet on a different circuit, there’s no problem, though, of course, this isn’t really practical. If I plug something else into the under-sink outlet, also no problem.
I tried the easy fixes first. I changed out the wall switch and the GFCI outlet, to no avail. I haven’t tried changing the under-sink outlet yet, because it’s hard to get to. Plus, I sort of doubt it’ll have any effect.
What to do? I’m guessing there’s a problem with the disposal itself. I’m pretty handy, so I could take it out, if need be, but, of course, I’d rather hear about any possible easy solutions to try first.