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Old 11-24-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Default Food Disposer(InSink Erator) - how to fix the leak?

We have an In-sink Erator disposal model 5-81 which is leaking from the bottom housing unit(as shown in the picture). The unit is about 6 years old.

Tried to reset the RED button and also used the special in-sink erator wrench to crank the hex key to remove anything that's jammed.

The problem is even without turning the disposer ON, water simply comes out of the housing unit as soon as the faucet is turned - Is it time for a new food disposer?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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The costs to properly repair the seals... is impractical.
Time for a new unit.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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I had the same exact problem two months ago. A plumber put in a new seal and charged me $69.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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I had the same exact problem two months ago. A plumber put in a new seal and charged me $69.
Yikes. a similar model(new one) is about $83 on Amazon.com
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I have never replaced a disposer before, is it easier to do it on your own?

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Old 11-24-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Replacement is pretty simple. Just remember to check for plastic plugs going from the disposer to the drain. (Don't ask me how I know... ) If you haven't done it before, it might take an hour or so with the proper tools. Open the box, look on the destruction sheet to find exactly what you need and get them while you are at the store.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:02 PM
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Location: Richardson, TX
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Replacing our junky leaky 1/3 HP insinkerator was the best thing we ever did for our kitchen sink. Got a Waste King 3/4 HP for about $100. More power than we "had" to have, but who said more horsepower is a bad thing?

The insinkerator was new when we bought the house, and leaked after about a year. 3 years on the Waste King is going strong.
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Old 11-25-2011, 05:33 AM
 
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Like most companies Insinkerator makes a wide variety of products. If you have a disposer that was / is part of their "premium" line (with a price to match, like over $150...) then a $70 or so charge to replace the seals is probably worth it.

If the unit is nearing its 10 year typical lifespan, don't bother.

New disposers are easier to install than repair.
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Replacement is pretty simple. Just remember to check for plastic plugs going from the disposer to the drain. (Don't ask me how I know... ) If you haven't done it before, it might take an hour or so with the proper tools. Open the box, look on the destruction sheet to find exactly what you need and get them while you are at the store.
I think we've all missed that step at least once.
I've probably replaced over 100 disposals and I still have to remind myself to knock out the dishwasher plug

As most have said, you're better off replacing than repairing.

Here's a decent video on replacing. Skip to about 1:45 for the actual directions. The first part is about choosing a disposal.


How To Replace a Garbage Disposer - The Home Depot - YouTube
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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It might be just a seal, but if the unit has any age on it at all, just replace it.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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Cool 4thgeer

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I had the same exact problem two months ago. A plumber put in a new seal and charged me $69.
I called the 1-800 help number and they told me there was not a replacement seal available that it would require replacing unit
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