Trash Compactor ram wouldn't lower

ApplianceWhirlpool Trash Compactor


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Scott From Indianapolis, IN

Feb 09, 2010

20 out of 22 people found this instruction helpful

I pulled the trash compactor out from under the counter.

I took out the four screws that kept the top cover in place to expose the ram.

The gear shafts were turning but the ram would not lower, at first I though the ram drive bolts were stripped and it wouldn't engage the shaft. Then I realized there was a mechanical directional\limit switch at the top that controlled the power and direction the gear shafts were turning, this switch was broken.

Just had to take off the front plate that was held on by a number of screws and replace the switch that was held on by two more screws. It had five wires attached to it, the new switch was clearly labeled as to which color wire went where.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Directional Switch

Part Number: PS386764

In Stock