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Problem: The unit has a foul odor.
- Replace the deodorant if it’s empty.
- Check the deodorant dispense; it may be clogged. Use a thin piece of wire to clear the aerosol nozzle. Run warm water through it.
Problem: The unit squeaks or is unusually noisy.
- Lubricate the unit.
- Tighten any loose screws or bolts.
- Tighten the drive chain, if it has become loose.
Problem: The trash compactor won’t sit level.
- Refer to the owner’s manual to determine how to level legs.
- Secure the trash compactor to the counter.
Problem: The unit won’t turn on.
- Check to make sure the unit is plugged in.
- Check the fuses, plugs, and circuit breakers. Reset the circuit breaker if needed.
- Check the safety lock. many trash compactors won’t operate unless the safety lock switch is engaged. Turn ON.
- Make sure the drawer is shut completely.
- Clear any obstructions behind the door or on the track.
- The unit may have overheated. Unplug the trash compactor and let the motor cool for 10 minutes. Then plug it in and try again.
Problem: Trash is not fully compacted.
- Check the pulley, gears, and chain drive. Tighten or replace if necessary.
- Check the ram for jams. Oil the ram. Replace any screws that are stripped.
Problem: During the compactor’s cycle, a breaker trips.
- Make sure there aren’t too many appliances on the same circuit. Reset the breaker if needed. The rash compactor may need its own circuit.
- Make sure the cord, plug and switch are operating properly.