How To Repair Your Trash Compactor

Typically installed in your kitchen, a trash compactor helps you reduce your carbon footprint, as long as it is working. Our company has been serving the residents of Centerville VA with the best trash compactor repair services for years now. Our experts have witnessed that several of the repairs are easy to handle. With little background knowledge and hand dexterity, you can fix it. Following is a brief guide on how to handle the commonly occurring issues before calling in the  Trash Compactor Repair Service in Centreville VA.


If The Compactor Does Not Start

Any fault in the start switch can be the reason your compactor is not starting. It is typically located in the control panel and the contacts temporarily close to starting the cycle. Inspect the contacts for any signs of damage or corrosion. The first step is to switch off the compactor. You should inspect the continuity of the test switch with a multi-meter. If it is not working properly, it needs to be replaced. Access the switch unit and actuator. For foot-operated models, make sure the foot pedal is in alignment and comes in contact with the actuator. Consult the wiring schematic to check the terminals for continuity.  Any problems with the drive motor are better left to the professionals.  

If The Compactor Is Making Loud And Unusual Noises

Your compactor starts making loud and unusual noises when any of its power nut, directional switch, or motor gear is not working properly. Start by inspecting the drive or motor gear. It is located at the bottom of the compactor. Turn off the compactor and remove the drive gear. If the plastic teeth are broken or damaged, it is best to replace the gear. Apply grease to lubricate the parts before reassembling the trash compactor.

When drive gear is not the issue, locate the direction switch on the top of the unit. The contacts of this switch can become welded shut over time, causing the ram screws to slip and cause loud banging noises. Check the tab on the ram for its alignment and use a multimeter to check the continuity. Make sure the switch and wire are disconnected from the terminal. Push the switch lever and check the continuity. Continuity here means that switch is defective and must be replaced.

If The Ram Is Stuck

Any issues with the continuity of directional switch, drive gear, and power nuts can also cause the ram to be stuck in its place. Check all three of these components one by one. Replace the damaged parts and lubricate the remaining movable parts of the machine to ensure continuity. If you cannot determine the cause on your own, you can always give us a call. We are ready to help you.

If The Compactor Is Not Completing Its Cycle

A defective cycle selector switch assembly may be the culprit for the issue. It is located on the control panel. See if the assembly is showing continuity when the cycler is set at a normal setting. Replace it if it does not or simply contact a Trash Compactor Repair Company for help.

The next step is to inspect the top limit switch. The primary function of this switch is to determine the direction of the motor and stop it at the end of compacting cycle. Check the actuating lever of the switch to ensure its contact with the ram. Check the terminals marked C and NC for continuity of the switch.

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