How to Repair a Kitchenaid Trash Compactor

Whirlpool's KitchenAid trash compactor compacts household garbage, which makes disposing trash a simpler task.

The trash compactor has a standard one year Whirlpool warranty. Service during the first year is provided at no cost to the owner. Before calling for service, troubleshoot the compactor to determine whether minor repairs can resolve the problem, so that you can avoid waiting around for a service technician. .

Press the "On" button before pressing the "Start" button on certain models. Read the Use and Care Guide included with the compactor to determine if the model requires this additional step.

Check the power supply cord. Fully insert the cord into the electrical outlet. The compactor must be plugged into a grounded, three-pronged outlet.

Inspect household fuses or circuit breakers. Replace blown fuses, if needed, or reset tripped breakers. Turn blown fuses counterclockwise by hand to remove them. Insert a new fuse and turn clockwise to tighten. Push tripped breakers from the "Off" position to the "On" position. If the compactor continues to blow fuses or trip breakers, discontinue using the appliance.

Turn the key-knob or key-switch to the "Start" position. Certain models require the knob to be released after turning it to the "Start" position.

Close the compactor door completely and restart the compactor. During compacting, some items can press against the door and open it.

Fill the drawer more than half full. Compacting cannot be performed unless the drawer is at least half full.

Move the ram all the way up to open the door. The compactor drawer will not open if the ram is not all the way up. Turn the key-knob or key-switch to the "Start" position and release it. On models with a control pad, press the "Off" button and then press the "On" button. The ram will move all the way up and the drawer will open.

Lift the foot pedal to reset the compactor after a "Solid Cycle" has been engaged. The drawer locks during this cycle and the compactor must be reset before it will open.

Things You Will Need

  • Use and Care Guide
  • Replacement fuses (optional)


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