Compactor ram was stuck in the down position and door would not open

ApplianceKitchenAid Trash Compactor


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Michael From South Boston, MA

Nov 09, 2010

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After inspecting to make sure the actuator was functional and that power to the unit was not an issue I was able to find that one the drive gears cracked in half and made the compactor inoperable. It was easy to remove the bottom casing with a nut driver. This casing covered the drive gear which operated the ram. After slightly loosening the gear mounts and I was able to replace center gear and re-attach gear chain and re-tighten. Then replace bottom casing and the compactor was back in action. Huge savings!

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Drive Gear Kit

Part Number: PS398589

In Stock