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.

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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.

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
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
30 minutes or less
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

Symptoms common to all trash compactors

Choose a symptom to see related trash compactor repairs.

Main causes: lack of power, faulty drawer safety switch, bad power switch, momentary start switch failure, bad drive motor, wiring failure
Main cause: faulty drawer tilt switch
Main causes: stuck foot pedal, bad momentary start switch, power switch failure
Main causes: broken drive gear and sprocket chain, stripped power nuts, faulty top limit and directional switch
Main cause: broken top limit and directional switch
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

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.

December 2, 2015

Wiring schematic symbols explained video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.

January 29, 2015

Appliance repair DIY: what to know before you begin

By Sears PartsDirect staff

See what things you should do before beginning a DIY appliance repair project.

December 26, 2014

Preventing trash compactor odors

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Here are helpful tips for keeping your trash compactor clean and fresh.