How to Replace a Trash Compactor Power Switch



This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the power switch on a trash compactor. Located in the control panel, the power switch turns on the trash compactor when you turn the knob. If the power switch breaks, the trash compactor won't start at all. Replace a broken power switch with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This repair procedure shows how to replace the power switch on Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, JennAir and Maytag trash compactors.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Power switch

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

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. 


 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: Disconnect electrical power

Shut off the house circuit breaker or unplug the trash compactor to disconnect electrical power.

Step 2: Release the front control panel

Open the drawer fully.

Turn the power switch to Off position and pull the control knob off the power switch.

Remove the mounting screws at the top of the control panel.

Pull the control panel out and set it on its face. The wires are still attached to the back of the control switches on the control panel.

Step 3: Remove the power switch

Note the location of the wires connected to the back of the power switch or take a digital photo.

Pull the wires off the power switch.

Remove the circular mounting nut on the front of the power switch.

Pull the power switch from the back of the control panel.

Step 4: Install the new power switch

Position the new power switch in the control panel and secure it using the circular mounting nut.

Connect the wires on the back of the power switch, using the digital photo or your notes for reference.

Step 5: Reinstall the control panel

Position the control panel on the front of the trash compactor.

Secure the control panel with the mounting screws.

Reinstall the control knob on the front of the power switch.

Shut the drawer.

Step 6: Restore power

Reset the house circuit breaker or plug the trash compactor back into the wall outlet.