Quick Fixes – Trash Compactor

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.