Pros to Using a Sink Top Air Switch

Why a Sink Top Air Switch rather than Electrical Wall Switch?

A garbage disposal air switch activates your disposal by pressing a button, which sends a pulse of air through PVC tubing to a control box underneath your sink which contains an air pressure switch. The disposal air switch is compatible with most garbage disposals and installation is easy!

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SAFE ACTIVATION using A Sink Top air switch

Air switches do not rely on electricity therefore they can be mounted on the counter or sink surfaces. The mounting style allows easy access compared to the traditional wall switch. The wall switch is best mounted off the surface area of a counter or sink (to avoid the wet environment), which can make them an inconvenience. If the switch were installed near the sink, exposure to water and other liquid, with the potential of a shock hazard! Using a disposal air switch you remove the risk of electrical shock because there is no current at the point of actuation. The garbage disposal air switch is a great solution for island sink installations.


Garbage Disposal Buttons can be purchased individually or in a complete assembly to activate your garbage disposal safely. Buttons are available in a number of different finishes to match your kitchen decor. View our garbage disposal buttons here!

Sink TOp air switch kit 
  • Air switch for safe activation.
  • Freedom mount with attached power cord that allows flexibility in mounting your air switch.
  • Spring loaded brass center post, made to be used with continuous feed waste disposers.
  • UL approved.
  • No tools are required for installation.
  • 1-3/8 in. mounting hole.

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4 thoughts on “Pros to Using a Sink Top Air Switch

  1. Gina Lockhart

    I had a switch installed in my kitchen last year. Today when I used it, the button sank into the hole. Lucky for me I was able to reach it and press it off. Now I’m afraid to use it. How can this be fixed. I am disabled and not handy. Who could fix this?

  2. Robin

    I have been using a disposal air switch for almost 20 years. I can’t believe this is still a relatively rare method for switching on/off a garbage disposal. Using an air switch, there is no need to have a hole in your backsplash wall for the electric switch and therefore no electrical risk, as was mentioned above. Air switches are fantastic to use. IMHO they look better than a clunky old wall switch, too.

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