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Off-Switch Actuator Kit

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PartSelect Number PS3489806
Manufacturer Part Number W10342596
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Off-Switch Actuator Kit Specifications

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.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Won’t start | Doesn’t stop at end of compacting cycle
This part works with the following products:
Trash Compactor.
This part works with the following products:
KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Kenmore.
Part# W10342596 replaces these:
AP4701307, 1877957, W10342596, 9871976, 9871977, 9871984, W10155269
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    Bob
    January 13, 2018
    In kit #w10342596, i need only part #2. Can i buy it only? If so, what is its p/n and cost? Thanks, bob
    For model number KUCS02FRSS0
    Hello Bob, Thank you for your inquiry. This part is only sold as part of the kit. Hope this helps!

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    Todd
    April 16, 2018
    When the compactor is on it begins it cycle every time I close the door and then fails to stop. I replaced the directional switch a few months ago and everything worked fine for a few weeks. Now I am thinking I may be having trouble with the stop activation switch or that my replacement part may have been defective. Could use some clarity here.
    For model number KUCS02FRSS
    Hi Todd, Thank you for the question. This sounds like an issue with the Off-Switch Actuator Kit, PartSelect Number: PS3489806.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. Hope this helps!

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    Jeff
    February 5, 2019
    Hi there, sorry if this has been answered already. I'm pretty sure i need a off-kill actuator switch, but i notices a big gaping square hole in the back side if the door where the switch plunger should go, my question is whether or not that's correct, or am i missing a part of the door that would otherwise engage the plunger switch, thanks.
    For model number KUCS03FSSS0
    Hello Jeff, Thank you for the question. Checking the door panels there is no other parts that woudl attach or fit into the hole. Looks like it is for the Plunger. Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with this repair!

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    Mike
    October 8, 2019
    Compactor won’t start, foot pedal is real loose. Tries to start when i hold the safety switch in and the switch at the back of the ma
    For model number KUCC151LSS1
    Hi Mike, thank you for your question. You may want to check your directional switch, off switch, safety switch, and the drive gear kit as well. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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    Bill
    April 18, 2018
    My KitchenAid trash compactor will not start. There is continuity in the starter switch, drawer switch and directional switch. What else could it be?
    For model number KUCS03FTSS0
    Hello Bill, thank you for your question. If the start switch, drawer switch and direction switch have been tested and are showing continuity, I would recommend testing the motor itself next. Drive Motor PartSelect Number: PS3652693. I hope this helps!

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    Mark
    December 24, 2019
    The compactor "step on" switch is not engaging. Will the replacement switch fix that?
    For model number KUCS03FTSS0
    Hello Mark and thank you for writing. Yes, it certainly should. We hope this helps. Please contact us anytime if you require further assistance.

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    Susan
    June 18, 2019
    We bought this replacement kit because the actuator (if that's what it's called - it was a small metal foot) on our compactor broke off. We have replaced all the parts in the kit except the activator button, which was working fine until the broken old "foot" could no longer make contact with it. Now, when we close the compactor door it compresses every time and rumbles at the end of the operation until we open the door. We've figured out that when the right wall of the trash box hits the brown button on the inside right wall of the unit this is what starts the compression operation, ending with the rumbling noise that we have to manually stop by opening the door. What have we done wrong? How do we fix it to make it right? Thank you.
    For model number KUCC151LPA0
    Hello Susan, thank you for writing. From what you describe, it sounds like you need to install all the parts from the kit. This may make it function properly. You may also want to consider checking and possibly replacing the Directional Switch part PS11744742 or the Drive Gear Kit part PS398589 for your model. We hope this helps.

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    Todd
    April 17, 2018
    This is todd, i asked a question yesterday and i don't think the answer was correct given that i have just learned some new facts i wanted to share with you. If the unit is on the compactor starts before the drawer even gets close to the actuator switch. Does that change your opinion. I note there is another switch in the cabinet that is toggled when the drawer is in the chamber.
    For model number KUCS02FRSS
    HI Todd, Thank you for your question. You mentioned in your original question to us that when the compactor is on it begins it cycle every time I close the door and then fails to stop. If your trash compactor keeps running after the cycle is complete, the problem may be with the top limit/directional switch assembly. The top limit/directional switch is a multifunction switch located at the top of the unit, and is activated by a metal tab on top of the ram. The directional switch is used to reverse the motor rotation and the travel direction of the ram. The top limit switch is often part of the directional switch and is used to automatically stop the motor when the ram reaches the top. If the top limit/directional switch contacts fail the motor may not stop at the completion of the cycle and will continue to run. To check for a defective switch, remove the unit from the cabinets and disconnect the power. Remove the mounting brackets and then the top panel. Inspect the switch actuating lever to ensure that the tab on the ram makes contact at the top of the ram’s travel. Remove the ram using caution not to damage the directional switch lever. Remove the switch and the wires from the switch terminals and check for continuity with a multi-meter. The top limit switch should have terminals marked C for “common” and NC for “normally closed”. You should see continuity between these two terminals without depressing the switch lever. With the lever depressed, there should be no continuity. You may require the electrical schematic for your model to determine the proper switch terminals to check. If you checks indicate otherwise, then you will need to replace the switch and verify the proper adjustment for the activating lever. You also may have a defective start switch. The start switch is used to supply power to the motor to initiate the compaction cycle. The switch may be a rotary, push button, or rocker style, and is located on the control panel or inside the drawer opening on foot pedal operated models. The switch uses momentary contacts that close to start the motor and then spring back to open the contacts. If the contacts weld or stick closed, the motor may continue to run after the cycle is complete. Check the start switch for continuity with a multi-meter. To determine if you have a defective switch, first locate the fuse or breaker and turn off the power. If your model uses a control panel mounted start or run switch, remove or lower the panel to expose the rear of the switches. You may have to pull the compactor partially out of the cabinets to do this. If your model uses a foot pedal operated switch, you will need to remove the unit from the cabinets to access the start switch and actuator. Using the wiring diagram for your model, determine the switch terminals to test and remove the wires from the terminals, usually marked C and NO. In the normal or resting position the switch should show no continuity. Only when rotated or depressed to the start or run position, should the switch then show continuity. If the switch shows continuity at all times, then it needs to be replaced. On foot pedal operated models, make sure that the actuator is not stuck and holding the switch closed. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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      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)
      • Scott from Ventura, CA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
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      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...
      • kim from spring, TN
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers
      35 of 42 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • Salvatore from Colorado Springs, CO
      • Difficulty Level:
        A Bit Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
      18 of 21 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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
      • Bartlett from Kinsale, VA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers
      16 of 22 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • Thomas from Truckee, CA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers
      12 of 21 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • Michael from Fresno, CA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers
      7 of 10 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • Nancy from Rochester, NY
      • Difficulty Level:
        A Bit Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        30 - 60 mins
      • Tools:
        Pliers, Screw drivers
      6 of 8 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • James from Vancouver, WA
      • Difficulty Level:
        Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
      6 of 7 people found this instruction helpful.
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      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.
      • Gerald from Fox Island, WA
      • Difficulty Level:
        A Bit Difficult
      • Total Repair Time:
        1- 2 hours
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
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      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.
      • Linda from Rumson, NJ
      • Difficulty Level:
        Really Easy
      • Total Repair Time:
        Less than 15 mins
      • Tools:
        Screw drivers
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          Model Cross Reference
          This part works with the following models:
          PartSelect Number: PS3489806
          Manufacturer Part Number: W10342596
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