How It Works: Trash Compactor

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Trash compactor making loud noises, not stopping, or not opening? This video provides information on how a trash compactor works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair.
Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each trash compactor symptom:

Trash compactor will not start: start switch, safety switch, on/off switch, door switch
Trash compactor making loud noises: trunnion nut, drive gear, gear box, drive chain, drive motor
Trash compactor will not stop: directional switch, start switch, drive motor, on/off switch
trash compactor door will not open: Door latch, power nut, drive chain, trunnion nut, foot pedal, door or lid latch assembly

All of the information provided in this trash compactor troubleshooting video is applicable to the following brands: Amana, Broan, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Insinkerator, JennAir, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Magic Chef, Maytag, Montgomery Wards, Roper, Tappan, Thermador, Universal, Whirlpool
1Maintenance tips for your trash compactor
Maintenance tips for your trash compactor
A trash compactor is a home appliance that conveniently compresses garbage and recyclables to reduce the amount of space they use in a home. It also reduces the frequency of garbage removal by homeowners.
2Clean it.
Clean it.
Monthly, clean out your trash compactor. Use a bacteria-fighting cleaner and/or degreaser to clean the ram (the platform that presses down on the garbage) and any other part of the compactor that comes into contact with the garbage.
3Replace the filter.
Replace the filter.
If equipped, replace the charcoal air filter once or twice per year. Follow the owner’s manual for specific instructions.
4Deodorize.
Deodorize.
Because you put food waste into it, bacteria can grow inside of your trash compactor. For temporary odor control between cleanings, spray the interior with a germ-killing deodorant/disinfectant.

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