I also found that after 2 years my GE Profile Trash Compactor (purchased in June '07), the pedal was hanging down on the left side. I searched the internet and called GE to no avail.
After a few attempts, I finally solved the problem by removing the screw on the left side and adding a metal "L" bracket, with the bottom of the L flush against the back of the front panel. That way, when you depress the pedal, the screw can't pop out of the sheet metal side rail it's attached to.
Same problem here. My unit is also two years old and is very difficult to open, my wife and kids can no longer activate the foot pedal. The tracks are clean and lubricated, the issue is the actual foot pedal. I've tried tightening the screws, which were loose, but that hasn't helped. Has anyone resolved this issue?
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in most cases the latch under the door is seized. if this is the case you will have to get inside and remove the inner plastic panel to look in with a light. around the middle of the door on bottom you should see the latch . lay a piece of cardboard or rags down to catch the mess of oil.squirt lots of penetrating oil and transmission oil on the entire latch, really soak it.there should be a rod coming down from the handle to the latch. try pulling up and down with a pair of pliers or vice grips. it may take several tries but should release. depending on how bad it is seized you may have to push hard or hit with the soul of your shoe.be careful when you push that you don't fall out.after it opens you will need to work the latch several times to make it work good...good luck
Pull red handled rope and free trolley. See if you can open door by hand. If you can't your door may be in a bind or the t springs have came loose or broken (DO NOT USE A WRENCH OR ANY TOOL TO SEE IF THE SPRINGS ARE WOUND.YOU WILL BECOME INJURED IF YOU DO) A trip to ER will more than pay for door company come and fix it for you. If your door has 2 springs you can compare them in size). TORSION SPRINGS ARE UNDER GREAT TENSION AND RELEASING THEM IS A BAD IDEA. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO UNWIND THEM IT REQUIRES A SET OF WINDING BARS.
The panel is usually a pop button type retainers holding the panel on, Obviously all screws will have to be removed ie; grab handle, internal door opening lever, and the window winder,
TIP remove window winder handle with a shoe lace or a lenght of thin material , it's a horseshoe shaped spring clip holding the winder handle on and pulling the shoe lace or material in the opposite direction of clip will easily remove clip (don't loose ) Good luck
It wont be pretty but examine other rear door and be familiar with retaining fixings,ie door grab handle , window winder , and any screw fixings .
Remove what you can and maybe the rear seat also (sorry) The window winder removal is easier than you think ! It's held on by a horse shoe shaped spring clip, remove with a simple shoe lace or narrow piece of cloth pulled in the opposite direction of the horse shoe clip.(don't loose) This is about as much as I can help you , after this it's a tug and pull (against snap fixxings) upward lifting motion of the panel. Good Luck
It's a common problem on this model.
I suggest to have it fixed shortly otherwise you might be unable to open the door one day or another and it's not easy to remove the door trim to fix the problem when the door is closed.
The door external handle and the latch have to be replaced to fix it permanently. Unless you are a very patient person and likes puzzle and ready to spend few hours to remove the door trim and figure out how the levers are connected and so and so I would recommend to have it done in a body shop. Usually they are familiar with these mecanisms and will be less expensive than a dealer.
My estimate, $80 for the parts + somewhere in between 1.5 to 2 hours labour.
Hope it will help
basically the linkage connecting the handle to the door is probbally worn. The cheapest option is to open the door manually, pry it open with a screwdriver or smoething flat and stiff. Look at the door and thhere should be a metal tab where the door catches the linkage. Just bend back that tab and your door should be fine. If you dont want to do that try to get some PB blaster and spray the linkage.
most common problem with replacing door handles on these is that you will encounter allignment probs for main catch which this sounds like. if you attempt to open from the inside then try putting lots of pressure on it till it should give way. once you acvhieve this, try looking at the very end of the door with the catch on. if you take a key and roll the latch till it locks and lake sure it is not too far into the mechanism, dont worry simply pulling door handle will disengage it, but once it is shut like this it is extremely difficult to undo.
If you can get to a local junk yard or you could try a parts store, and get yourself new/used (but not stretched) door handle cables. What has happened here is the cables in your door have become stretched, to the point where it takes a lot of work to open them. If a shop will do it for a reasonable price I'd go ahead and do it. If not roll up the sleeves and try not to get too frustrated because, this job is easy however it can get to be a little frustrating your first time around.
It sounds like the latch on your door is in the closed position. to fix this, first make sure that the door is unlocked, then pull on the door handle( as if you are trying to open the door) then at the same time using your finger or a pencil open the latch on the door. (try closing the door)