Trash compactor repair guides

These trash compactor repair guides can help you get your trash compactor back in action. Whether you need to replace the momentary start switch or the motor centrifugal switch, we provide the step-by-step instructions to complete the repair. And Sears PartsDirect has more trash compactor DIY repair help for you, including troubleshooting advice, maintenance tips and solutions for common symptoms. Search your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your trash compactor, then order the part you need.


Repair guides common to all trash compactors

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your trash compactor.

How to replace a trash compactor motor centrifugal switch

If the trash compactor ram won’t return to the top position, replace the motor centrifugal switch by following the instructions in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
45 minutes or less
How to replace a trash compactor momentary start switch

The momentary start switch starts the motor when you lift the foot pedal. This repair guide shows how to replace the switch if it stops working

Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
June 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a trash compactor power switch

If the trash compactor won’t power up, use the steps in this repair guide to replace the power switch.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Symptoms common to all trash compactors

Choose a symptom to see related trash compactor repairs.

Main causes: bent drawer support rollers, damaged trash container
Main causes: stripped or broken power nuts, broken or disconnected drive gear and sprocket chain, damaged drive parts
Main causes: broken drive gear and sprocket chain, stripped power nuts, faulty top limit and directional switch
Main cause: faulty drawer tilt switch
Main causes: stuck foot pedal, bad momentary start switch, power switch failure
Main causes: lack of power, faulty drawer safety switch, bad power switch, momentary start switch failure, bad drive motor, wiring failure

Articles and videos common to all trash compactors

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your trash compactor.

August 17, 2021

How to read a wiring schematic video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

January 6, 2015

Troubleshooting a stuck trash compactor drawer

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn what to check if you are having problems with the drawer sticking on your trash compactor.

January 5, 2015

10 must-have tools for appliance repair

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Come see which tools made our top 10 must-haves for DIY appliance repair.