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Hi On a Whirlpool trash compactor model# SHC850002--it will run as long as start knob is held.I,ve never had to service a compactor but if circuit is much like a dryer I would be picking on the motor. I had same thing happen on a Kenmore compact dryer-the one time thermal fuse on blower housing blew.Do compactors have any thermal fuses in motor circuit? Rene

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  • Rene Matz Oct 14, 2010

    Heading to the house this morning to repair their dishwasher--
    will take a look at trash compactor.
    Thanks again. Rene

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Not sure how your compactor problem ended up in the Microwave category.

Does your model have an on/off switch? Normally you can only operate the start knob if the on/off switch is in the on position. This is a safety system. You can have a look at the assembly diagram for different sections.

I don't think there is any resemblence with the dryer but the unit is highly mechanical with chain drivers and power screws.

You should check out the start switch and the on/off switch for operation.

Hope this helps you find the reason for the problem. Please rate the solution to help fixya serve you better in future.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

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