FIXED Insinkerator Magnetic Switch issues

Byron123

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Hi;

I have an Insinkerator Cover Control Disposal - Batch feed. The issue is that for about a year the magnetic cover/stopper would intermittently stop working. The unit would click but no disposal action. I was told by a friend to ck the magnet switch by removing it and see if the stopper activated the unit...and it did. So I reinstalled the switch and all worked fine. The issue is: this has become almost a weekly issue. It will not work, I remove the switch, test it, it works, I reinstall and a few days later no luck. Not sure what to do at this point. Any suggestions?? BTW it ran for years with no issues.

Thanks Byron 123
 

Byron123

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Thanks for the response.

I think u are correct that a new switch will help. But, the switch always works when I remove it and just place the magnetic stopper close by. Then it works for a while after re-install (BTW it is about 30sec to remove or install). Also, the switch is hardwired into the body of the disposal. Thus, there is a cable from the switch (about 8-10in) directly into the body of the unit. Last, I have not seen a replacement switch part that is available from any supplier. I would order a part if I could and just splice the wire in as the easiest repair.

I have considered opening the switch, but there are no obvious ways to open the plastic case - and I am pretty sure if I force it, that will be the end! Perhaps the easiest is to just replace the unit, but it works...just got this weird issue. I am a longtime fixer of every thing! This one has me stumped.

Your help is appreciated.
 

Byron123

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I was thinking that the contacts were the problem. In ages past, I did a lot of work with relay based logic systems and we often had to pull relays to clean the contacts....but usually they worked or not..rarely behaved intermittently. The intermittent nature of the switch is what suggested to me that it was something else. But I think you know better than me and I agree.

I did find the part from a supplier.

If I could impose to ask one more question? Does access to the wire connection for the switch require removal of the disposal to access the wiring?. I see a plastic insert (approx 10 x 5 in) on the disposal around where the pipes for the dishwasher and waste water are located. (see pic; ). This is where the wiring for the magnetic switch inserts. Does that plastic piece pop off?? If so its a relatively simple replacement that I can easily handle.

Again many thanks.

Byron 1 Disposal Diagram.png
 

rickgburton

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It will be a lot easier to remove the disposer first. That way you can maneuver it around.
 

dwoodrow

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My parents are also having to replace the switch on the same model . My dad bought the OEM replacement part but we have absolutely no idea how to change it. Pulled it off and peeled back the rubber cover but we can see the swich run deep into the casing. Currently waiting on some instructions to come direct from Ininkerator. Does anyone have any experience swapping it out or is it going to be easier to simply cut the old switch off and wire the new switch into the old harness with barrel connectors and cover with heatshrink? Probably not "recommended", but seems like it might be a bit easier.
 

bob-in-concord

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Check your magnetic stopper. I am having similar problems -- the switch will activate only when the stopper is in one position. I inspected the magnetic stopper and compared it to one online and discovered that parts of the plastic ring on mine had broken off. I'm ordering a new one right now.
 
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bob-in-concord

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Check your magnetic stopper. I am having similar problems -- the switch will activate only when the stopper is in one position. I inspected the magnetic stopper and compared it to one online and discovered that parts of the plastic ring on mine had broken off. I'm ordering a new one right now.
10/3/2020 update. I called Insinkerator support, and they sent me a new magnetic stopper (free). Solved the problem. I'm attaching a photo showing the old and new stoppers. You can see that the old one (on the left) had several sections of the ring that had broken off over the years.
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Jake

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Sounds good Bob.(y)

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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