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GCG1580R0SS General Electric Trash Compactor - Overview

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Compactor Bags - Package of 12 – Part Number: WC60X5017
Compactor Bags - Package of 12
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PartSelect #: PS258002
Manufacturer #: WC60X5017
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 force are a necessity. ...
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Frame Roller Assembly – Part Number: WC17X20084
Frame Roller Assembly
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PartSelect #: PS12716561
Manufacturer #: WC17X20084
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RETURN SWITCH – Part Number: WC21X20249
RETURN SWITCH
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PartSelect #: PS16542383
Manufacturer #: WC21X20249
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 your trash compactor is...
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POWER NUT ASM – Part Number: WC02X20287
POWER NUT ASM
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PartSelect #: PS16554596
Manufacturer #: WC02X20287
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...
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PEDAL FOOT ASM BB – Part Number: WC17X20131
PEDAL FOOT ASM BB
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PartSelect #: PS12722857
Manufacturer #: WC17X20131
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 pe...
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Drawer roller asm – Part Number: WC01X20232
Drawer roller asm
PartSelect #: PS16591421
Manufacturer #: WC01X20232
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Drive Gear - White – Part Number: WC22X10005
Drive Gear - White
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PartSelect #: PS2364787
Manufacturer #: WC22X10005
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, and helps the driv...
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SHOULDER SCREW FOOT – Part Number: WC01X10034
SHOULDER SCREW FOOT
PartSelect #: PS2370484
Manufacturer #: WC01X10034
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Drive Motor and Gear Kit – Part Number: WC26X10006
Drive Motor and Gear Kit
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PartSelect #: PS2359919
Manufacturer #: WC26X10006
This motor operates the trash compactor press that helps compacts the trash.
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GEAR MOTOR – Part Number: WC02X20117
GEAR MOTOR
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PartSelect #: PS12726309
Manufacturer #: WC02X20117
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START SWITCH – Part Number: WC21X20150
START SWITCH
PartSelect #: PS12722863
Manufacturer #: WC21X20150
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STOPPER – Part Number: WC11X20151
STOPPER
PartSelect #: PS12710057
Manufacturer #: WC11X20151
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Gina
January 2, 2020
The trash compactor's motor is continuously running, how do I stop it?
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Hi Gina, Thank you for your question. If your trash compactor won’t stop running, you may need to troubleshoot the top limit/ directional switch. This part is activated by a metal tab on the ram, and controls the direction of the ram by powering the motor. The top limit function of the switch is to stop the motor when the ram reaches the top of its travel. If this aspect of the switch fails, it means the compactor will continuously run even when its cycle is complete. First, disconnect the power source and remove the unit from your cabinet. This part is located at the top of the compactor; remove the mounting brackets and top panel to access the directional switch. Make sure the switch actuating lever is aligned properly so that it comes in contact with the ram at the end of its cycle. Remove the ram, being careful not to disturb the lever, and disconnect the wires from the switch terminals. Usually there will be terminals marked C and NC. Consult the electrical schematic for your compactor to make sure you are checking the correct terminals. Test these terminals for continuity using a multi-meter. When the switch lever is activated, there should be no continuity. If there is continuity, the switch will need replacing. If the directional switch checks out fine, you will need to check the start switch. This part supplies power to the motor to begin the compactor cycle. The start switch can be a rotary switch, pushbutton, or rocker. It is usually placed on the control panel, or if the model is foot-powered, on the bottom drawer opening. The start switch has electrical contacts which, when activated, will close to start the motor. These contacts can become worn over time and can even become welded closed, which means the motor will not stop running when it’s supposed to. Turn off power to the unit before beginning this repair on your trash compactor. Remove the compactor from your cabinet for easier access. Consult the electrical schematic for your model to find out which terminals to test for continuity using a multi-meter. Disconnect the wires from these terminals, which are usually marked C and NO. If their normal position, the switch should not show continuity. When in the start position, the switch should have continuity. If the switch has continuity in both positions, it means it is defective and needs to be replaced. It is important when troubleshooting foot pedal-operated models to make sure that the actuator is not stuck in place, causing the switch to stay closed. We hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Lannas
December 1, 2023
Is drawer door (cover) stainless available
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Hello Lannas, thank you for asking. The Exterior Door Panel is Stainless PS1016959. It does not come with the handle and screws. Good luck with your repair.

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Trash compactor motor buzzing, often did not cycle
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 out of). This allow you to get to the bottom of the compactor. I then removed 3 sheet metal screws attaching the bottom cover of the compactor. After removing the bottom cover, I could then access the 4 mounting nuts that hold the motor in place. I disconnected the wiring harness to the motor, removed the motor and replaced it. The motor plate allows you to adjust the chain tensioning and gear lash of the drive motor. I adjusted and tightened the plate to provide close gear lash, and chain tension of about 1/2" play. Re-installed the motor cover and bottom plates, plugged the compactor into a wall socket, re-installed the compactor drawer and tested for several cycles. All is well. FYI - I do not think the motor itself was bad; however, there is a centrifugal switch built into the motor assembly...that is what I believe failed. The motor and centrifugal switch come as a one assembly.
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Drive Motor and Gear Kit
  • Jeffrey from San Mateo, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
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Foot release was not working properly making it difficult to open
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 then slides up and off of the old assembly. The front panel is then slid over the new drawer assembly and the screws are tightened down.
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Drawer Assembly - Black
  • Peter from Solon, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Trash compactor would not shut off at end of cycle. Would have to manually turn it off.
Removed compactor from opening. Using screw driver unthreaded 4 screws from top and then removed the on/off dial. Face plate came off easy and provided access to relay switch bank. Unscrewed two screws which allowed both relay switches to be removed and replaced. Recommend replacing both relay switches. Reassembled and compactor worked fine. Very easy job. If your compactor is making a machine gun noise during the return cycle then this will solve your problem.
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RETURN SWITCH
  • Brian from HOUSTON, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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