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How do I replace a Directional Switch in a Trash Compactor?

If the drawer is open, the drawer safety switch prevents the compactor from operating. If the drawer is open, replace the drawer safety switch.

The drive motor is stopped when the ram reaches its top travel limit. To turn the motor clockwise to lower the ram and counter clockwise to lift the ram, this switch controls supply current going to the motor start windings. If you hear rapid tamping when the ram returns to the top, you should replace the top limit and directional switch. If the motor will not start or reverse directions when it reaches its bottom travel limit, you may need to replace the top limit and directional switch.

The trash compactor has a power switch. The power switch and momentary start switch are combined in some models. If the power switch is damaged, replace it.

The trash compactor starts when the momentary start switch is turned on. If the trash compactor won't start when the momentary start switch is activated, you need to replace the start switch. If the motor doesn't stop running when the ram is in its highest position, you should replace the momentary start switch.

There are power nuts on the ram. The ram can be moved down and up with the help of the power screws and power nuts. The ram won't move if the power nuts are stripped. The power nuts should be replaced if the ram doesn't move.

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Pull the trash compactor out of the counter.

    To protect the floor, place cardboard in front of the trash compactor, then remove the screws that hold it to the counter. The trash compactor can be removed from the counter. The installation manual can be used as a guide.

  2. Disconnect electrical power.

    Shut off the house circuit breaker if you want to unplug the trash compactor.

  3. Remove the drawer.

    The drawer needs to be pulled out until it stops. Lift the front of the drawer until the rail clears the drawer rail. Remove the drawer from the compactor and set it aside.

  4. Remove the top cover.

    The trash compactor frame has mounting screws that hold the top cover to it. Take the top cover off and put it away.

  5. Release the front frame.

    The air filter needs to be removed. The front frame is secured to the trash compactor with mounting screws. The trash compactor has a frame on it. The wires are still attached.

  6. Remove the momentary start switch.

    Take a photo of the wires and note their location. The wires need to be removed from the start switch. Pull the switch out of the clips that hold it in the front frame.

  7. Install the new momentary start switch.

    Attach the locking tabs to the front frame with the new momentary start switch. Use the digital photo or notes to reference the wires to the new momentary start switch.

  8. Reinstall the front frame.

    Attach the mounting screws on the front of the trash compactor by positioning the front frame. The air filter needs to be removed.

  9. Reinstall the top cover.

    Attach the mounting screws when you position the top cover.

  10. Reinstall the drawer.

    Place the drawer rails on the inside frame of the compactor. Make sure that the drawer closes and opens correctly by sliding it in.

  11. Restore power.

    The trash compactor can be plugged in or the house circuit breaker reset.

  12. Reinstall the trash compactor in the counter.

    Attach the mounting screws to the trash compactor.

  13. Disconnect electrical power.

    Plug the trash compactor into the electrical power and shut off the house circuit breaker.

  14. Release the front control panel.

    Don't open the drawer if you don't know what to do. Remove the control knob from the power switch. There are mounting screws on the control panel. Pull the control panel out and put it on its face. The back of the control panel has wires attached to it.

  15. Remove the power switch.

    Take a photo of the wires connected to the back of the power switch. The wires need to be removed from the power switch. There is a nut on the power switch. The control panel has a power switch on it.

  16. Install the new power switch.

    Use the circular mounting nut to secure the power switch in the control panel. Use a digital photo or your notes to connect the wires on the back of the power switch.

  17. Reinstall the control panel.

    The trash compactor has a control panel on it. Attach the control panel to the mounting screws. The power switch has a control knob on it. Shut the drawer.

  18. Restore power.

    Plug the trash compactor into the wall outlet if you want to reset the house circuit breaker.

Time required: 30 minutes.

You would need the following tools: nut driver set, phillips screwdriver, pliers, work gloves.

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