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Old 06-28-2012, 03:34 PM  
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Default Switch on the fritz

A few weeks back when I turned in the disposal switch in the kitchen nothing happened. I switched it off and checked the unit, all seemed fine. I tried the switch again and it worked fine. After that when switching on the disposal I would have to switch it on-off-on to get it to work. A couple days ago I did the on-off-on and saw a spark behind the plate. Now in order to get the disposal to run I have to hold the switch all the way on, if I let go the switch is still in the on position, but the disposal doesn't work. Any help much appreciated!

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The spark indicates a loose wire. You'll have to open it up and tighten the connection.

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check for loose wiring. If no loose wires are found, replace the switch.
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Turn off the power and replace the switch. Sounds like either a loose connection or a bad switch. If the connection is loose the terminal may be burnt. In either case a new switch is a cheap. Be sure to use the screw terminal connections and not the push in quick connects.
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