How to Replace a Trash Compactor Motor Centrifugal Switch

 

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This DIY repair guide shows how to replace the motor centrifugal switch on a trash compactor. The motor centrifugal switch controls the direction of the drive motor, which moves the ram up and down to compact trash. If the switch breaks, the ram travels down but won't move back up. Replace a broken motor centrifugal switch with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace the motor centrifugal switch on Kenmore, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Gladiator, JennAir and Maytag trash compactors.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 45 min.

Parts Required

  • Motor centrifugal switch

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Nutdriver set
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves
  • Cardboard

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Lay cardboard in front of the trash compactor to protect the floor.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Pull the trash compactor out of the counter

Remove the mounting screws that secure the trash compactor in the counter.

Pull the trash compactor out of the counter.

 Tip: Use your installation manual as a guide for this step.

Step 2: Disconnect electrical power

Unplug the trash compactor or shut off the house circuit breaker.

Step 3: Remove the motor cover

Remove the screws in the back motor cover panel.

Remove the back motor cover panel and set it aside.

Remove the screws from the base of the motor cover.

Remove the screw on the side wire harness cover.

Pull the motor cover off and set it aside.

Step 4: Remove the motor centrifugal switch

Note the location of wires connected to the motor centrifugal switch. The wire colors are typically marked on the switch. Take a digital photo of the wire locations if necessary to document their location.

Remove the wires from the motor centrifugal switch.

Remove the mounting screws from the motor centrifugal switch and pull it off of the motor.

Step 5: Install the new motor centrifugal switch

Connect the wires to the new motor centrifugal switch using the markings on the switch or your digital photo as a guide.

Position the motor centrifugal switch on the motor and secure it with the mounting screws.

Step 6: Reinstall the motor cover

Position the motor cover over the motor and secure it with the mounting screws.

Reinstall the screw on the side wire harness cover.

Reinstall the back motor cover panel and secure it with the mounting screws.

Step 7: Restore power

Plug the trash compactor back in or reset the house circuit breaker.

Step 8: Reinstall the trash compactor in the counter

Slide the trash compactor into the counter opening and replace the mounting screws.