DIY trash compactor repair
Your trash compactor compresses your garbage into a fraction of the space it would occupy in a trash bag. If your trash compactor is malfunctioning, Sears PartsDirect can help your narrow down the possible causes by matching the trash compactor's symptoms to our troubleshooting tips. Once you figure out what's wrong, we also have DIY repair guides that show you step-by-step instructions for installing replacement parts.
Follow the tips in our trash compactor articles to help avoid smelly odors and trashy messes when using your compactor. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your trash compactor, search for your model number. Sears PartsDirect sells replacement parts for major brands of trash compactors such as Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid and GE.
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.
See what things you should do before beginning a DIY appliance repair project.
Here are helpful tips for keeping your trash compactor clean and fresh.