Whirlpool Trash Compactor Troubleshooting. Whirlpool Trash compactors are a great way to save space in your garbage can and reduce the number of plastic bags you use.
If your trash compactor has stopped working, you came to the right place.
Maybe you suspect some sort of mechanical failure. In this article, we will discuss some problems with Whirlpool Trash Compactor Troubleshooting and how to solve them.
Whirlpool Trash Compactor Troubleshooting
Here we will discuss some common issues and solutions for the Whirlpool Trash Compactor Troubleshooting.
The Whirlpool trash compactor won’t stop
When the latch on the compactor reaches the top of the trash can, it activates a switch that switches the power from flowing to the motor.
The motor will keep running even when it reaches its highest point if this switch fails.
To test whether or not this switch is faulty, use a multimeter to assess continuity.
To initiate the compaction cycle, the start switch delivers current to the motor. If the electric contacts in the start switch become stuck closed, it will continue sending current to the motor and therefore cause it to run continuously.
To determine if a defective or faulty start switch is causing your problem, use a multimeter to test for continuity.
Centrifugal switches fail when they collect too much dirt or debris. The dirt and debris cause the contacts to stick together instead of sliding freely when the motor rotates.
This is why replacing the drive motor can help relieve symptoms associated with a failing centrifugal switch, but it won’t always solve your problem because there could be an absence of foreign material in places that appear to be clean.
The Whirlpool trash compactor won’t start
When the door is open, a safety switch prevents the trash compactor from starting. The safety switch is malfunctioning.
Test the safety switch for continuity using a multimeter to see if it is defective. Replace the safety switch if it doesn’t provide continuity when activated.
It is likely that there is a problem with the motor of the trash compactor if the compactor makes humming noises but won’t start.
Using a multimeter, test both the motor and the start switch for continuity to determine if they are defective.
To prevent it from starting, the door switch on the trash compactor opens when the door is open. If the door switch does not work correctly, the trash compactor won’t work.
Using a multimeter, you can determine whether your trash compactor’s door switch needs to be replaced. It needs to be replaced if there is no continuity.
The Whirlpool trash compactor is making a lot of noise
Inspect the trunnion nut. If it is dry, lubricate it with attached O-rings provided in the hardware box. If it is stripped, replace it.
If the drive gear is loose on the shaft, you may tighten the mounting nut with a wrench.
If tightening the mounting nut does not solve your problem, you can try tightening the set or replacing it if that does not work.
If you need to replace multiple parts be sure to test them all before setting up your machine again.
Inspect the gears for damage. If they are damaged, loosen, worn, or just not working properly, then you’ll need to replace them.
Depending on the project, sometimes this task is performed as an assembly which means that you’ll have to purchase the entire assembly and its parts instead of just individual gear replacements.
Whirlpool trash compactor drawer won’t open
If the latch is broken, you can use a putty knife or screwdriver to release the door catch. You may want to disassemble the drawer to remove it. Once you’re out of that situation, find and replace the broken latch.
If the drive chain on your compactor is broken, broken off, or jammed up in the gears, then you will have difficulty using the compactor.
If this is the case, you may be wondering how to repair a broken ram drive system because you can no longer operate your trash compactor correctly or even open your cabinets.
If the ram is not moving all the way up, inspect to see if the trunnion nut is stripped. If it is, you need to fix or replace it so that the compactor will work properly on its own accord.
Check to see if the foot pedal is deformed (this would signify damage). If it is deformed, replace it.