ApplianceKitchenAid Trash Compactor
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
This replacement kit did solve the problem but required replacement of a number of parts because the switch and actuator functionality had been redesigned. Fitting the kit of parts requires that you have to slide the compactor away and out of its location (might be a bit tricky if it's beautifully integrated into a designer kitchen)so as to remove the front cover. Some heavy leather gloves could be helpful here since there are several sharp edges on the pressed steel carcase of the unit. Once free the kit replacement is relatively easy (for the average handyman/woman), following the simple instructions provided. You will need to drill two new holes in the front plate (template provided) so an electric drill and a sharp drill bit (for metal) will be needed. Most important - the kit worked; and with a more reliable component than that replaced.