Model #66513612101 Kenmore compactors

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Compactor not returning automatically. Please help with repair instructions.


Thank you for your question.

I can understand wanting to repair the compactor yourself.

It sounds like the ram is stuck in the down position.

If you turn the start knob again does it come up?

If the ram does not return to the top on its own it could be the motor switch is not reversing.

As it compacts the trash the motor goes into a stall and the motor switch reverses polarity and the motor will bring the ram back up.

Check to make sure the drawer rails are intact and the drawer tilt switch checks ok by manually pushing on the switch tang.

To check and test some of these components REMOVE POWER to the compactor.

Then remove the screws from the back of the top where it attaches to the cabinet and lift and slide the top forward to remove.

Then if you can get the drawer open remove the drawer and check all hardware on the rails to make sure all the fittings are tight including the drawer rollers.

I hope this information will help and let me know what you have found to be the problem.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2011

The compactor won't extra pact. 66513612101 Kenmore Compactor


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on your symptom; the motor centrifugal switch contacts are likely stuck or welded shut. To access the motor, the unit will need to pulled out and the lower motor cover taken off. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing.

When the cycle switch is moved to SOLID PACK (O to O/BK), power to the motor run windings is routed through an extra switch on the motor centrifugal switch. This switch (O/BK to Y) closes when the motor reaches normal run speed. When the motor stalls during compaction, the centrifugal switch operates and power is removed from the run windings at which time the motor stops running. The ram is in the compacting or down position. To return the ram to the normal rest position, turn the knob to start or move the SOLID PACK switch to NORMAL.


  1. Disconnect the BR and BU, or BU and O wires (depending on the motor used) from the motor centrifugal switch (upper & lower pins).
  2. Connect an ohmmeter to the BR and BU, or BU and O terminals.
  3. The ohmmeter should read 1 ohm or less. If circuit is open, motor switch is stuck or burned and must be replaced. (Steps 4 & 5 apply only to models having a cycle switch.)
  4. Disconnect the Y and O/BK wires from the motor centrifugal switch.
  5. Connect an ohmmeter to the Y and O/BK terminals. The ohmmeter should show an open circuit.

If you find the contacts Y and O/BK closed/stuck/welded; the motor centrifugal switch #780164 can be ordered from Sears Parts Direct.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
November 16, 2012

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