My KitchenAid trash compactor model KUCP021RBL1: cycle does't end
In normal position if turned on it will cycle with ram going down and then coming back up, but it does not stop, it keeps trying to go up when the ram is already fully up. In the dense pack position, does not stop at bottom, just continues to up position and does not end cycle, just continues to attempt to go up.
Re: My KitchenAid trash compactor model KUCP021RBL1:...
Most likely the motorwindings have been overheated after staying to long time in down position and trying to get up.
If there is a Emerson motor in your compactor than you will not find anything wrong most likely it is the winding of the motor, we have had this two times, changed the motor and the problem is solved.
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Start your investigation by removing the bottom plate. There should be a belt or chain going around 3 gears. Mine has 2 metal and one plastic. The 2 metal ones are on the ends of the rods that the ram runs up and down on. The plastic one is on top of a big speed reduction gear that is turned by the motor gear. Don't pinch your fingers but see if you can turn the big gear by hand. All gears should turn. If not check each gear for broken teeth, or bad bearing & races under the 2 rod gears. Be sure to check the threaded hard plastic nut that drives the screw that powers the scissors up and down. This is the part that usually fails.
the running cycle for this type of trash compactor is a max of about 30secs. The fuller the bag is the shorter the cycle. However, if this is not how yours is running try checking to see if there is any trash stuck between the ram and the basket. Or make sure that the foot peddle is still staying in the "up" position.
I bought a Kitchen Aid trash compactor the end of Sept/2008. By July/2010 I have spent $528 on having it fixed! It only cost $623 new so I called Whirlpool customer satisfaction line where after waiting 15 minutes was told that "With all due respsect mam, Whirlpool owes you nothing" Then " as a courtesy" they offered me 50% off an $80 part that I still need to pay $60 in labor to install! So,that would be an additional $100 on an appliance that has been trouble from the get go...I have had numerous compactors before this brand and have never had any trouble...Do NOT buy anything made by Whirlpool as they have apparently, a NO customer satisfaction policy.
We just had this same problem. Your problem is most likely abroken plastic gear found at underneeath the bottom of the compactor. Pull out the compactor and turn it upside down. Remove the bottom panel and that is where we found the broken gear. We were able to retract the ram and open the drawer by manually turning the drive chain using an ajustable wrench. Clockwise is compact, counter clockwise is retract.
ive been a repairman for 17 years but havent had to fix a lot of these because ther not out there,but have done some.it drives on a worm gear and i suspect that theres some wear there and its jumping the gear and thats where your getting the poping noise.their not the funest but you,ll have to take apart and opperate and watch/inspect.hope that helps God bless
This has happened a couple times to me and the fix is fairly simple. The problem is the trash ram is pushing down on the edge of the metal of the trash compartment because the door is partially open. The solution is to back-up the ram the the door will close.
To back-up the ram, you will need to pull the compactor out from under your cabinets and unplug it. Turn the compactor on it's side to expose the bottom. There is a plate on the bottom that covers the motor gears. Remove the plate and turn the large gear counter-clockwise to back-up the ram screws (at least this is how it works on my model works). The gears are a little greasy so you may need to add some after messing with the gears.
Sure is... The motor drives a ram up and down to compact your trash... Like most drive systems.. it needs to find a refrence position near the top of the stroke.. that position is normally sensed by a switch.. so it is possible your motor is bad or.. it is also possible your top sense switch is bad too.. For $400.. the GE tech should come out and stomp on your trash until it is compressed.... In either case.. if you are handy.. you may be able to open the compactor up ( with power unplugged) and check the position of the ram.. if it is near the top.. you may be ableto reposition it down a little then try cycling it.. It may buzz if the motor is bad ( windings shot) or it may work OK.. if it does and the problem comes back after you cycle it.. there is a good chance the top sense switch is bad or the windings in th emotor bad too.. Hope that helps...