The air switch plays an important role in your garbage disposal as it responsible for the overall operation of the disposal.
Each garbage disposal that uses an air switching mechanism has an pneumatic push button located on the counter top or wall, and a pneumatic air switch located in an electric to pneumatic converter box that operates garbage disposal. The converter box directly connects to a 120V power supply to control the garbage disposal operation. A piece of flexible PVC tubing leads from the push button to the garbage disposal switch.
Presair’s pneumatic control is a safe switching mechanism as it eliminates the possibly of user’s experiencing electrical shock, as there is no electricity at the point of actuation.
Garbage Disposal Air Switch Troubleshooting
More times than not, when customers call Presair, we are able to help them find a solution to why the air switch in a garbage disposal isn’t working. There are three things to check for first when troubleshooting your garbage disposal: the air switch, the air switch tubing, and the garbage disposal button. For more info on each, keep reading below!
Garbage Disposal Button
Sometimes the issue is found to be within the garbage disposal button, tubing, or the air switch. To determine which of these has the failure, follow the instructions below:
- Press on the air button assembly and listen for a ‘click’ sound in the air switch.
- If the ‘click’ happens, then the push button is sending enough air to trigger the air switch.
- If no ‘click’ is heard, the air switch isn’t sensing air pressure therefore the issue lies with the air tubing or push button.
- Now, if your button sticks and stays in the depressed position, you will need to purchase a new air switch unit.
Garbage Disposal Tubing
Typically, the operator the operator is able to find a kink or leak in the airline that is not allowing air to pass through. If no air is able to pass through, the switches contacts are unable to open or close. This is easily fixed by either replacing the tubing or relocating it.
Garbage Disposal Switch Test Procedure
If the switch doesn’t click, but makes a hissing sound like air is leaking from the air switch, then unfortunately the air switch diaphragm has blown and a new switch is necessary. You are able to determine the type of garbage disposal switch by looking up the identification number or by contacting Presair.
Now, what if the air switch is clicking, but still nothing is happening? Follow the steps below to troubleshoot the issue:
- First, verify the correct operation of the garbage disposal switch circuit.
- next, connect the multi-meter to a set of power leg/switch leg poles. Since there are only two poles on a SPST air switch, make the connection to each pole.
- following this, operate the air button.
- The multi-meter should, alternately, show continuity and no continuity, as the air button is operated.
- If the the multi-meter does not show continuity of the switch, you will need to replace the garbage disposal switch.