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Trash compactor will not solid pack

When switched to solid pack mode, ram will engage trash and then return to the top of compactor.

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Yep, I have teh same problem. When solid pack is on it runs just like a normal cycle and the ram returns to the top. No solid pack :(

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Had a similar problem with mine. I took it apart and found that the nut that is on the bottom end of the ram screw was loose. I tightened it and it fixed the problem. That was about a month ago. Now it is doing it again. I'm going to tighten it again this weekend and apply Loc-tite to the threads.

To get to the nut, you have to lay the compactor on its side and remove the plate from the bottom. You'll see a chain that goes around the motor sprocket and both ram screws. You need to tighten the nuts on the ram screws.

Hope this helps.

Steve

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Trash Compactor will not start

key stays on but won't continue running, starts to run and then quite

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SOURCE: I have a KitchenAid Trash Compactor Model

Hi

you better replace the unit
is not relibly try fixxing it

Posted on Nov 26, 2010

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Just last month I began having the exact same problem as that listed above with my Kitchen Aid trash compactor (which I believe is made by the same company as the one listed above). I searched the internet for a solution and couldn't find anything on it other than this post. I too checked out the limit directional switch and even went as far as opening it up and looking inside of it to see if any of the contacts were fused... but they weren't and it was fine. Then, I noticed that the "solid pack" feature wasn't working properly either. The smashing foot should stay down when this is on and that wasn't happening...this turned my attention to the "on" button that gets pressed when you push up on the start peddle. Turned out THAT was the problem. That button was stuck (or possibly fused inside) in the on position. I was able to fix it by simply depressing the button all the way in and letting it snap back up a few times. This completely solved the problem. If this happens again I will simply replace that part but so far, after about 20 compactor cycles, there hasn't been any problems.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010

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SOURCE: Does 15" trash compactor need

If the current rating on the name plate is 15A or better, I would have it on it's own breaker

Posted on Dec 27, 2010

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Trash compactors can be a very nice feature and addition to your kitchen. However they can also be very hard to work on if they go bad. There are 20 some brands of trash compactors available, but the KitchenAid trash compactor is one of the most common.

If your trash compactor does not work at all here are some things that you will need to check.
First off make sure that you are getting power to the unit. Many are plug into by code a GFCI wall socket. These outlets do a great job of protecting against shock, but do a terrible job of staying on, especially when used on a motor that pulls a high amount of current when starting. It is not uncommon for them to go bad and trip for no reason at all after a few years. If the outlet is tripped, try to reset it by pushing in hard on the reset button in the center of the outlet.

If you have power at the outlet, then you will need to check through the circuit in the compactor. This can include a door switch, micro switches that sense the position of the ram, and possibly a key switch. Make sure that there is nothing stuck behind the drawer that would keep it from going fully shut. Check the position of the ram to see if it has returned all the way up.

If your ram is stuck down or if it will not go down, check for broken drive gears, belt, of chain. Make sure also that the switches that sense the ram position have not move and come out of place.

Your trash compactor will also need to be clean periodically. Food spilling on the tracks or glides can cause the drawer to slide hard or even become stuck. Clean all the slides or glides, wheels tracks and such with warm damp cloth and the re oil everything with a household lubricant. With time and use the wheels and bearings may also need to be replaced to keep your trash compactor operating well.

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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.

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Here's the link for parts... http://www.myapstore.com/Omega/Dispatcher?REQUEST=ACCESSORY

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Had a similar problem with mine. I took it apart and found that the nut that is on the bottom end of the ram screw was loose. I tightened it and it fixed the problem. That was about a month ago. Now it is doing it again. I'm going to tighten it again this weekend and apply Loc-tite to the threads.

To get to the nut, you have to lay the compactor on its side and remove the plate from the bottom. You'll see a chain that goes around the motor sprocket and both ram screws. You need to tighten the nuts on the ram screws.

Hope this helps.

Steve

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