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Trash Compactor Thumps

We turn the compactor on, it goes through the cycle then when it would normally stop it starts thumping and won't turn off.

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I would guess there is a limit switch that tells the machine to stop once the compactor has retracted.

Posted on May 04, 2013

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  • bonniemerric May 04, 2013

    Probably, but how do we fix it?

  • Chris Weiser
    Chris Weiser May 04, 2013

    I would say you will need to get above the ram or remove the unit to access this. You can try fooling the compactor to make it think the can is closed then engage the ram to bring it down so you can see behind it (obviously take care and be cautious). Or remove the unit and open it up. Depending on what method they use to determine on/off points will determine what you will need to do to fix it. It could be as simple as a switch that the ram head will contact when it retracts fully, or it could use a cam drive system which may just need adjustment. I would guess they would keep it cheap and just go with the switch.

  • LARRY ROBERTS
    LARRY ROBERTS Jan 02, 2014

    how can the unit be removed. i can not find the retainers

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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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