Trash Compactor: 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.
Replace the trash compactor momentary start switch
The momentary start switch starts the trash compactor. Replace the start switch if the trash compactor won't start when the momentary start switch is activated. Replace the momentary start switch if the motor doesn't stop running when the ram is in its highest position.
Replace the trash compactor power switch
The power switch turns on the power to the trash compactor. Some models combine the power switch and momentary start switch. Replace the power switch if the compactor won't start or the power switch is 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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