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Trash compactor problem

The door is open about 2" and the unit is totally dead. I can see thru the crack that it appears the ram is stopped and about 2" still into the trash can.

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  • Dcskyview Apr 23, 2008

    We have the same problem the door opens 2 " and the compactor is stuck in the bin and won't come back up. I am trying to find the manual but i fear it is broken

  • lparker May 02, 2008

    I have to same sort of problem. The door is stuck open about 1.5" & I have tried everything to get it to close. I have the GCG1580 model. Any suggestions? I don't see paying $70-$100 just to have someone come out to tell me it's broken & then charge me additional money to fix it.

    PLEASE HELP...

  • bizmail4us Jul 11, 2008

    Just the same problem. The compactor will pull out enough that I can see the worm(?) but not enough to do anything about it. The compactor was repaired about a year ago ($120 service call).

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I have had this problem on my GE Monogram. The 'smasher' is near the bottom and does not move anymore, even though the motor is working.

What I did was to get a crowbar that would fit through the crack and hook the underneath side of the bottom plate. You also have to hold the switch so the motor runs with the door open and pull up on the plate until the drawer can be slide out. The trunnion nut (a plastic nut) was cracked. I replaced it 3 years ago, and it just cracked again. They now make it out of metal, so maybe it will last longer. Ordered it from appliancepartspros.com.

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Pull out the compactor. Remove the back panel. You will be able to lift the ram by hand. Have someone open the draw slowly once you do this. Then lower the ram. What has occurred is that the trunnion nut that is on the steel worm drive is stripped. It happens. Order and Buy a new nut. Re-install.

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