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What to do When Your Trash Compactor Won't Work - Appliance Rescue Service

When trash compactors first hit the market, many were amazed at their trash smashing, space saving abilities. Many North Texas homes are equipped with trash compactors to make life easier and help you get the most of your kitchen and kitchen appliances.

But what if you wake up one day and the trash compactor just won’t work properly? Your trash compactor may need appliance repair from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, but before calling us, try these troubleshooting tips:


1.   Trash Compactor Will Not Turn On

If you the trash compactor doesn’t even turn on, then your issue is likely electrical. Check all electrical connections, ensuring that the trash compactor is plugged in and that the electrical outlet is working properly. Also check the switches individually for issues.


2.   Trash Compactor Won’t Complete Cycle

If your trash compactor will not complete a cycle, then it likely means the ram is stuck. First check for debris that might be creating a blockage, as this is usually the case. If that is not the issue, then proceed to check the drive belt, motor, and switches individually.


3.   Trash Compactor Won’t Compact at All

Check your individual users manual, but generally the compactor must be a third of the way full before compacting. If ample trash is in the compactor, then check the power screws, power nuts, and drive belt.


4.   Trash Compactor Door Will Not Open

If the door will not open, first try restoring the ram to the top position. If the problem is not solved, then inspect the power screws, power nuts, and ram for obstructions. Turning off the “dense pack” switch can also solve the issue.


In need of trash compactor repair in Dallas? Call Appliance Rescue Service! We specialize in repairing Jenn-Air, Whirlpool, Amana, Kenmore, KitchenAid, and more. 

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