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Trash Compactors

A Trash Compactor is a relatively simple appliance with only a few components. Those components include a motor, drive screws, compression ram, limit switches, door switch, exterior controls and in some units an odor control system.

The trash compactor's drawer rides on rails that allow it to slide open and closed. When the drawer is closed, the door switch enables the device to operate. When the start button is pressed, the motor is engaged and it turns a belt or chain which is connected to two drive screws. The drive screws are located on either side of the drawer. They are large diameter screws roughly the height of the trash container.

A large rectangular block, called the "ram", fits inside the trash container and presses down to compress the trash. The ram has a nut on either side, which is threaded on the drive screws. When the screws turn, the ram travels up or down.

As the ram presses down on the trash it will stall out and change direction. If the ram reaches the bottom limit switch before it stalls out, it will change direction and return to the resting position at the top. When the ram reaches the top, it triggers the top limit switch and shuts off.

Some trash compactors have an odor control system that uses a scent to mask odors or a charcoal filter to remove odors. Also, don't forget your trash compactor bags.


 Trash Compactor Trouble Shooting 

Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source--that is, unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box--before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.





 Compactor will not start

    * Make sure that the door is completely closed
    * Make sure the compactor is plugged in securely
    * Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker
    * Test the power outlet for current
    * Inspect the electrical cord for damage
    * Eliminate use of an extension cord, if any is being used
    * Check the outlet voltage
    * Test the start switch
    * Test the tilt switch
    * Test the safety switch
    * Test the motor centrifugal switch
    * Check motor for overload


 The motor runs but trash is not compacted  

 * Drawer must be about 1/3 full before any compaction will take place
    * Check the outlet voltage
    * Check the power nuts for wear or obstructions
    * Check the power screws for wear or obstructions
    * Lubricate the power screws
    * Check the drive belt/chain/gears


 Compactor starts but does not complete cycle (ram is stuck)    
    * Object in trash may be causing door to trigger tilt  switch
    * Check the motor for overload
    * Test the top limit switch
    * Check for loose connections
 The drawer is stiff or difficult to open  

 * Clean the drawer tracks
    * Inspect the drawer rollers


 The door will not open    
    * Return the ram to the top position
    * Turn off the dense pack switch
    * Push door closed while restarting compactor
    * Check the power screws for an obstruction
    * Check the power nuts for an obstruction
    * Check the ram for an obstruction
 Compactor does not shut off  

    * Test the top limit switch
    * Test the start switch
    * Check the ram pads


 Compactor is noisy    * Check the drive chain
    * Check the power screw sprockets
    * Check the drive gear
    * Lubricate the power screws
    * Inspect the ram pads
    * Check the ram cover
    * Tighten any screws


 Trash Compactor Bags

Since a full trash compactor bag is a lot heavier than a regular garbage bag, they have to be extremely tough. This doesn't mean, however, that they are indestructible. Putting glass into your trash compactor could end up slicing the bag. This is dangerous for you (carrying the bag), as well as the environment (really, that glass could have most likely been recycled).

One of the most highly recommended trash compactor bags is the Viking Trash Compactor Bags.  Of course, there are others to choose from, but if you are looking for a tough and durable bag - you may want to consider the Viking Trash Compactor Bags.