Executive EPS-1501 X Shredder automatic sensor doesn't turn off
I would like to try to fix this myself - I used to be able to "fix" it by using the canned air to blow off any "paper dust" on the sensor. How can I fix without having to turn off machine with power switch? Thanks so much.
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Do not use any aerosol based or petroleum based products in your shredder as this could cause a fire.
I personally work with Fellowes brand shredders, but it sounds like you have a paper feed sensor issue. This may be a mechanical or electronic sensor located in the center of the paper feed slot. If it is electronic it may just need cleaning(qtip dipped in rubbing alchohol. If it is a mechanical sensor check to make sure it has not been broken or it may be stuck because of paper that has become wedged behind it(you may need to jiggle the switch a few times to free it). If none of this works you may have a burned out switch or a bad pc board, contact manufacturer for more info.
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around the middle of the cutters there is a small lever that operates a microswitch
that level gets jammed in the on position from paper scraps and keeps the machine running
remove that paper bit and the machine will switch off
From what I have seen on mine, there are three sensors: one to detect if the door is open, one to detect when the unit is full, and one to detect when material is fed.
As for mine, the unit would not start when it was fed. Once I opened it, I saw the photo sensor was missing a screw. I realigned the bezels and added the screw. However, once I reassembled it, the unit still had the same issue.
Now, I suspect that it is the control board. I have no time to get into that, but it does not look too difficult.
I searched the internet for support, but there seems to be no company presence available. So, I think I am stuck manually triggering and stopping the motor.
It is an amazing shredder otherwise and I would not even consider replacing it. At least, not until the motor fails.
From what I have seen inside, I doubt that will be anytime soon...
Fairly simple fix then; figure out what length of cable you need (or would like to have if you need something a little longer (like 1 or 2 feet more)) and run down you your local hardware outlet; a place like Lowes, Home Depot or Ace Hardware and pick up a 2 or 3 wire replacement. Make sure it is th same guage wire inside. This will involve opening the unit to install the new one. Take the head unit off, open it and see where the wires from the cable attach to. Make a drawing or take a picture of it before you take things apart and along the way so that reassembly with be easier. Disconnect the old broken cable, and connect the new one. If it is solder to a circuit board, or soldered to the switch, cut the wire back (the old one) so that you can splice the new cable to it. If it uses little connectors, you can disconnect it, and take them along when you go to get the new cable and see if they have similar connectors you can use on your new cable. Reassemble it, and test it. Should be a pretty simple fix. Let me know how it comes out. If you need any additional help, just post it here. -Coss-
You will need to clear the jammed paper using tweezers from between the rollers. Make sure the sensor arm in the middle of feed opening is not stuck and moves up and down freely. If not you will need to give it a good soak with lubricant to allow any stuck paper to soften and loosen. Once cleaning procedure done unit will be good as new