You know that you're having a bad day when your trash compactor quits working. Frigidaire makes dependable trash compactors but parts can give out at any time. When your Frigidaire trash compactor breaks, count on Sears PartsDirect to have the replacement parts you need to fix the problem.
How to fix your Frigidaire trash compactor when it won't stop running
A stuck foot pedal or failed momentary start switch will cause the trash compactor to run constantly.
If the trash compactor starts as soon as you close the drawer and won't stop running, unplug the trash compactor and check the foot pedal. Make sure the foot pedal pivots freely. Repair or replace the foot pedal if it's stuck in the start position.
If the foot pedal pivots freely, then you'll likely need to replace the momentary start switch because the switch is constantly supplying power to the motor.
In trash compactors that combine the power switch and momentary start switch, you'll likely need to replace the power switch if the foot pedal pivots freely and the motor runs constantly.
Top replacement parts for Frigidaire trash compactors
Drive chain. The drive motor rotates the chain, which moves the ram up and down to compact the trash inside the drawer.
Drawer tilt switch. The drawer tilt switch monitors the drawer position and stops or reverses the motor if the ram binds and tilts the drawer during compacting.
Drawer. The drawer slides in and out of the front of the compactor, and contains the trash under the ram for compacting.
Motor centrifugal switch. The motor centrifugal switch reverses the direction in which the motor rotates to change between upward and downward motion.