If you hesitate to deal with a troublesome trash compactor, think about what your hesitancy will mean. It will force you to take more trips to a garbage can or dumpster. It will speed the rate at which trash collects on the floor. When you consider the likelihood for those unwanted occurrences, then you should appreciate the wisdom behind learning how to fix problems with a trash compactor.
You certainly will not hesitate to take the first step in the process that leads to correction of the compactor’s defect. That first step involves no more than unplugging the troublesome appliance. Do that, in order to keep from experiencing an electrical shock, while you attack the apparent problem.
What you learn by unplugging the trash-crushing device
If your appliance has failed to turn on and you see that the plug has already been removed from the outlet, then you will have discovered the reason for the failed response to your use of the “on” switch. Once you make the previously used outlet available, you can test it, in order to see if the problem’s source might be located within that same outlet.
Get hold of a small device that relies on electrical power. Consider using a hair dryer or an alarm clock. Plug that device into the outlet’s openings and see if it will work. If it does, then you must perform further checks, which do not call for using plugs. Make sure the compactor’s door is closed. If it is, then there appears to be a problem in either the drive motor or the drawer safety switch. Contact a trained technician.
What to do if the appliance is not flattening each piece of trash
Unscrew the compactor from the counter and turn it on its side. Remove the cover plate, so that you can check the drive gear and the belt or chain. Make sure that the belt or chain fits tightly on the gear. If it is broken, you will have to buy a new one.
What to do if the compactor’s operation causes production of an unusually loud noise or a grinding sound.
All compactors do produce some noise, as their components crush pieces of trash. Still, that noise should not be unusually loud, and it should not suggest completion of a grinding action. A loose drive belt or chain could cause such a noise. If that part has already been tightened, then focus on the shaft.
It appears to be in need of lubrication. Consult your manufacturer’s manual, in order to get the name for the suggested lubricant. Locate a website or store that sells the named product. Buy that same lubricating product and use it or you can call in the appliance repair service in Stoney Creek to do the required services.