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Off-Switch Actuator Kit

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PartSelect Number PS3489806
Manufacturer Part Number W10342596
Manufactured by Whirlpool

This kit contains everything you will need to replace your faulty off-switch actuator, including: normally closed switch, toe guard, template, 2 screws, and actuator. If your trash compactor keeps running after the cycle is complete, you may have a defective off-switch. The off-switch is used to supply power to the motor to initiate the compaction cycle. Check to see if the off switch has been damaged, and that it is working properly. However, if the switch is damaged, or will not stop the cycle when the button is engaged, the off-switch will need to be replaced. NOTE: This part has been redesigned by the manufacturer, but will still function the same as the original part.

This part works with the following brands: KitchenAid, Jenn-Air.

This part works with the following products: Trash Compactor.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Won’t start.
  • Doesn’t stop at end of compacting cycle.

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149 of 153 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Scott from Ventura, CA

Beware the "two screws, five minutes" repair stories!

Needed a replacement actuator for KitchenAid trash compactor model KUCS03FTSS0. The part that broke is a small metal flange held in place by two screws. PartSelect.com clearly shows this part in the online exploded view of Container Parts. When I received the replacement order in the mail, I was surprised that it was not what I thought I had ordered (a single replacement piece), but a new, *completely redesigned* actuator kit. For this model (and perhaps for other models) this new kit requires much more extensive work than just replacing two screws. Repair entailed removing the trash compactor from its installation position, removing the recess cover and machine front, disconnecting and removing the old actuator switch, drilling holes in the machine front, attaching the new actuator assembly, and disconnecting and reattaching the foot pedal. Not an overly burdensome or complicated repair, but I had been fooled by the expectation of it being a five-minute job! (Submitted on 7/2/2011 by Scott - Ventura, CA)

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32 of 37 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: kim from spring, TN

Compactor wouldn't turn on but I could reach up with my finger when the door was closed and activate the trash compactor. So I knew it was operating properly it just was not connecting when we pushed up the toe plate

It was unbelievably easy!! I used a screw driver to remove two screws then replaced with the new activator. $15 total fix... As opposed to $150+ for a service call and repair!!! Woo hoo...

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17 of 20 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
Customer: Salvatore from Colorado Springs, CO

Replaced switch actuator with a redsigned part actuator

Removed compactor drawer. Replaced toe guard. Since compactor electrical plug in our case is behind the machine, I turned off the circuit breaker at the electrical panel rather removing the plug. Removed compactor front (stationary part) of the compactor. In order to get the front assembly off-must pull the compactor machine out of the installed space under the cabinet in order to remove the screws on the sides of the front assembly. In addition must remove the top cover also to free the front assembly. Removal of the old actuator switch is combersome since there are several wires attached to the front assembly. After replacing the actuator and reinstalling the front assembly. Used the template provided to drill holes 3/32 for the replacement spring-holes are undersized and had to open them up to get the screws to go in.(1/8 might have been a better option). The hole alignment was also not great would suggest that you drill one hole with the templete and insert one screw and drill the 2nd hole using the new part as the template. Re-install machine under cabinet and re-install drawer. Everything should work fine.

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Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Bartlett from Kinsale, VA

Cheap piece of metal crippled trash compactor

After less than about 100 uses a little metal piece broke off the compactor. The piece pushes in a plunger switch when the door closes and allows activation of compaction thus prevening compaction with the door open. Without the piece the compactor does not work. Repairman was at my house for another Kitchen Aid repair and said he could come back and fix the compactor for about $200 but suggested I search online for the part because it was super simple to install. Took his advice and am back in action. Simply had to screw two screws to attach the actuator device. Took less time than writing this commentary.
Cheers

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11 of 20 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Thomas from Truckee, CA

The actuator (switch that activates the compactor) broke

I removed the two screws that hold the actuator in place, put the new part in line with the screws and turned the screws to hold the part in place.
Took 5 minutes.

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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Nancy from Rochester, NY

Unit would not operate-off switch broke

Husband de-installed the unit and we laid it down on a blanket on the floor. By looking at the diagrams on line we figured out which part we needed. ORDER THIS PART because it is a part that was re-designed to solve the biggest problem with this unit...the foot bar that activates the plunger. In the old design, you had to push up the foot bar at bottom to crush and unlock. Once this redesigned part is installed which requires drilling through the sheet metal (don't worry, they give you a template but hubby did not have the right drill bit), there is a small switch on right of unit under foot pedal which you PUSH with foot NOT PULL UP! Makes the unit much better. Should have been designed like this from the beginning.

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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: James from Vancouver, WA

Off-on switch actuator broken (second time same model)

Ordered two replacements. Was shipped two redesigned parts (assemblies). Installation required more-or-less complete disassembly of garbage compactor. Unit is under-counter and is heavy and work is all at the bottom of unit. Requires drilling two new holes in metal. Instructions give wrong size drill for screws supplied. Supplied screws are robust stainless sheetmetal screws with tiny number one recessed Phillips heads - nearly impossible to drive through two layers of sheet metal with a little screwdriver. Most non-mechanics would have given up and called a repairman.

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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
Customer: Gerald from Fox Island, WA

Compacting actuator broken due to design flaw

I received my Actuator Switch Kit 3 days after ordering. I opened the package and found more parts than I anticipated. I read the instructions and had to spend some time to understand them. I followed the instructions (a bit unusual for me) and the installation went without a hitch. The most difficult part was to basically uninstall the compactor from its cabinet location and remove the faceplate for access to the switch that needed to be replaced. Apparently the manufacturer understood there was a design flaw because the instructions said "...for trash compactor integrated switching redesign". Anyway putting it back together and back in the cabinet was very easy.

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4 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: John from Sugar Grove, IL

Small flat spring flange broke

Had to buy the entire switch kit when I only needed a small part. I was told the small part was no longer available

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5 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Michael from Fresno, CA

Foot actuator broken off at the bend.

Reattach new actuator using 2 phillips. Very elementary. The difficulty was finding the actual replacement part. Partselect.com made it simple, and my wife now thinks I am a mechanical genius.

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Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools:
Customer: KIMBERLY from Tahoe Vista, CA

Was not turning on to crush trash

Easy, called a repair person to install...

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4 of 8 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Linda from Rumson, NJ

Would not compact

It was very easy. I unscrewed the broken acuator and screwed the new one on. It took less than 5 minutes. Much better than paying a repairman $150 for a service call. This part actually breaks often so I ordered 3 or the future.

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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Time to do repair: More than 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: John B from ARDEN, NC

Would have been nice to have known that the replacement switch operated in the opposite fashion from the original switch. Also, kit was missing the two screws to attach the new lever operator.

I had expected to just have to install a new spring steel "L" shaped switch operator to replace the one that had broken off. Installation of the new switch and redesigned operator was difficult in tight quarters. Good news, four hours later compactor works as advertised. Hope that the revised design works well and for a long time.

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Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: avi from WOODLAND HLS, CA

Actuator broke off ordered new one

Step one-read instructions; step two-follow them! Really not that hard. Pull the compacter out. Take four screws off the top plate. Take 8 screws out the face plate. Disconnect old actuator install new one. Put the cutout over the new one. Drill ONE hole with template. Screw the one in. Now drill the second hole out-but make sure its level dont be a tool and make it all crooked. Then screw it in place. Put the face plate back in with the 8 screws and put the top plate back on. Now remove foot assembly and old actuator lever from drawer. Install new rubber thing a bobber and put the foot assembly back together. Put it all back in smack it with a hammer 32 times add duct tape and voila donzo!

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Parts Used:
  • Off-Switch Actuator Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Achim from Pineville, MO

Actuator arm/lever broke

unscrew the broken one install the new one...works! Everybody was happy

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This part works with the following models:

PartSelect Number: PS3489806
Manufacturer Part Number: W10342596
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