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GE Profile trash compactor

The ram is all the way at the top, but when switch is pressed, the compactor just 'buzzes'. GE tech did not even look at the machine and told me it would cost $400.00 to replace the motor. Since the motor buzzes when the power is on, isn't it possible that the problem is something other than needing a whole new motor?

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  • jeepdady Dec 22, 2008

    My machine has the same exact problem...If you take out the drawer and pull out the plastic shield on the left or right hand side you'll see the screw that drives the ram. If you adjust this approximately 1/2 a turn, the compactor will work, until there's a load placed on it. Then you'll have to adjust the ram again.

    I still haven't fixed the switch that was reccomended, I saw on another site it was $65 just for a switch.

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    how do you reposition or adjust the screw?

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    how do you adjust those screws on the side panels

  • brassdog84 Mar 16, 2009

    I have the same ge profile compactor. It too buzzes when you push the button. How exactly did you adjust the screw drive mechanism? And it also sounds like if you adjust this and it works all it tells you is if it's a motor thing or a TPS (top postition sensor) thing. Is that correct? Thanks for the help...

  • csullivan7 Mar 19, 2009

    I had the same problem and had a tech come out and diagnose that it needed a new motor...for $561. Instead, I had a friend who could put a new motor in for us but cannot find a parts store that sells the motor. The only one that had it was not in stock but was only $115. Any ideas on where I could get a motor?

  • maumellemom Apr 24, 2009

    I have the same exact problem, but I am going to try all of those things.

  • randy762 May 09, 2009

    I have a monogram compactor (ZCGS150PSS) with the same issue (motor buzzes). I took the drawer out and pushed the "drawer closed switches" (very dangerous) and hit the compact button. motor still buzzed. so it's not the drawer closed switches. I then turned off the power, removed the bottom pan, twisted the gears by hand, buttoned it back up, turned on the power and everything was fine again. I've done this twice now. the problem will come back. I suspect this sensor. Now I just have to figure out how to get to it and adjust it. Someone had posted a parts blowup of a similar compactor and it appeared the sensor was behind the on/off switch just inside the unit. I will take a look.



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Same thing - buzzing noise when pedal is lifted. not sure i understand how to adjust the ram screws though. i have it completely apart and can see them. if i turn them manually with a wrench won't it damage the threads? the ram looks to me like it is a little "off kilter". looking at it from the front one side is a little lower than the other. i have had this thing apart 3 different times i am going to throw it out the window....

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  • paulcynergy Dec 04, 2010

    I was having the same problem. When it was at the top and I hit the foot switch to start it, it would just buzz. I took off the top and found a pair of shut off switches that get hit by an l-shaped bar on the ram. I took off the back cover over the motor and saw a switch handle on this white round plastic, spring-loaded ring. That seems to be what switches the direction of the motor when the pressure builds. I found on mine, when it reached the top, the white ring was stopped in a place where the switch pushed on a place where it didn't have support. I could adjust this by bending the L shaped bar on the top of the ram to get it to stop a little earlier. The reason why turning the worm screw made it go again was because it moved the white plastic ring to a better position under the switch on the motor. If this isn't clear, you can email me at and I'll try to explain.


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Sure is... The motor drives a ram up and down to compact your trash... Like most drive systems.. it needs to find a refrence position near the top of the stroke.. that position is normally sensed by a switch.. so it is possible your motor is bad or.. it is also possible your top sense switch is bad too.. For $400.. the GE tech should come out and stomp on your trash until it is compressed.... In either case.. if you are handy.. you may be able to open the compactor up ( with power unplugged) and check the position of the ram.. if it is near the top.. you may be ableto reposition it down a little then try cycling it.. It may buzz if the motor is bad ( windings shot) or it may work OK.. if it does and the problem comes back after you cycle it.. there is a good chance the top sense switch is bad or the windings in th emotor bad too.. Hope that helps...

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