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Stuck Trash Compactor

My GE Monogram trash compactor won't finish its cycle, so won't open. The crusher appears stuck in the down position inside. It's getting smelly...how do I get this this thing open?

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    My compactor is stuck in the down postion and keeps on running no fix at this time.



    Help!

  • CRANMER May 26, 2008

    I also have this same problem.

  • peterfsf Jul 25, 2008

    Hello,
    I have the same exact problem. The crusher plate is stuck in the down position. After unplugging the appliance I removed the rear plate to get a better look. When powering the unit back to the "on" position, the power screw continues to rotate, but the crusher plate remains in the down position. PLEASE HELP!

    Solution to removing trash bin before it begins to smell: You need two people. UNPLUG THE APPLIANCE FIRST!!! Remove the rear plate. Manually lift the plate up with your hand (it may be a little heavy). Have the second person open the front door and remove the receptacle bin. Then carefully lower the crusher plate where it wants to go until it stops.


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I can't get to the rear of the compactor. How do I get the front off to get to the rest of it?

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How remove stuck compactor from under counter?


Thee should be two screws from the compactor going into thE countertop. (You have to get a light, then shine straight up under the countertop. Remove the screws, then you can slowly work the compactor out of the hole so you can work on it.

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Trash Compactor Problems Why it Does Not Work


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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I have a ge monogram trash compactor the ram is stuck in down position, how can we raise the ram?


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 t
he threaded hard plastic nut that drives the screw that powers the scissors up and down. This is the part that usually fails.

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Ge compactor stops after just starting


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.

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I've got a GE trash compactor (GCG1580PSS). The door is stuck, presumably because the ram is stuck in the down position. If power is turned on, it will run until it shuts down (faint smell of...


Look up and down, may have an installation apparatus hooked into the counter top and the floor. Go to manualsonline.com to download owner's manual which should have installation information in it. Hope that helps..

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Compactor ram stuck partially down & door open 2 inches. How do I get the ram to go back up & get the door closed?


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.

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GE Profile trash compactor is stuck


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.

Good luck.

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