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GCG1580L0SS General Electric Trash Compactor - Overview

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Directional Switch

This is a top limit directional switch for a trash compactor. The directional switch reverses the motor direction when the trash compactor has reached the top of the drawer. If you...


Foot Pedal - Black

The foot pedal on your trash compactor is located at the bottom of the unit. This part, when compressed, allows the container drawer on the trash compactor to slide in and out. If your current foot pedal is damaged, or the container drawer will not open, you may need to replace the foot pedal. This part is black in color and is made of plastic. This foot pedal is approximately 15 inches long and 2 inches wide. To complete this repair, you will need a 1/4-inch nut driver. Many of our customers have rated this repair as easy.


Drive Gear - White

If your trash compactor is jammed or stuck with the ram in the down position, you may have a faulty or damaged drive gear. The drive gear is located at the bottom of your compactor...



This power nut assembly is made to be used in conjunction with your trash compactor. It comes with five pieces that include the two mounting pins, two clips, and the new power nut. This piece is beige, and roughly 3 inches wide, and almost 2 inches long. For this repair, you will need a screwdriver set or a multi-screwdriver, a quarter-inch nut driver bit, and a flat-head bit. You will need to get inside of your trash compactor in order to replace this part. This means uninstalling your appliance from your cabinets.


Compactor Bags - 15 pack

Using trash compactor bags is a practical way to remove your waste. Because compactors use such high pressure to compress the waste, using compactor bags designed to handle the for...






Drawer Assembly - Black


Drive Motor and Gear Kit

This motor operates the trash compactor press that helps compacts the trash.


Start Switch

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Trash compactor motor buzzing, often did not cycle

  • Customer: Jeffrey from San Mateo, CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • 38 of 41 people found this instruction helpful
First I removed the trash compactor from the cabinet and transported it to the garage to avoid scraping the kitchen floor....I then removed the the sheetmetal cover enclosing the motor by removing several sheetmetal screws. To remove the motor, I then removed the compactor drawer and tilted the compactor onto its front (the side you pull the drawer in and ... read more

Foot release was not working properly making it difficult to open

  • Customer: Peter from Solon, OH
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 8 of 8 people found this instruction helpful
I noticed that one of the holes that the foot pedal was attached to on the drawer assembly, had opened up so that the pivot pin wouldn't stay seated in it. I ordered a complete drawer assembly which included the metal trash container, drawer slides, and foot pedal assembly. The old front of the cabinet is removed by unscrewing about 8 screws. The front th... read more

New part problem, wire harness wrong

  • Customer: mark from colorado springs, CO
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable), Wrench set
  • 8 of 9 people found this instruction helpful
The wire harness from the part supplier was set up wrong, two of the three wires were switched and it damm near burned up the new motor. I had to correct the error by switching the wires around so that they matched the wireing from the original motor. read more