Trash Compactor: Drawer difficult to open
Bent support rollers or a damaged trash container can bind up the drawer when opening.
Open the drawer and check the support rollers at the bottom of the trash compactor. If the support rollers don't hold the drawer high enough and the back of the drawer binds up when opening, bend the support rollers up slightly so the drawer slides out easily. Replace the support rollers if they're damaged.
Check the drawer bottom because the drawer won't open smoothly if the bottom is bent or warped. Replace the drawer if its bottom is bowed or warped.
Replace the trash compactor drawer
The drawer holds the trash under the ram for compacting. Overloading the drawer can bend the sides of the drawer when the ram compacts the load, preventing you from opening the trash compactor. Replace the drawer if it's bent or damaged.
If the trash compactor won’t power up, use the steps in this repair guide to replace the power 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
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.
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