A trash compactor is a great way to reduce the volume of waste produced in your home. Yet like all home appliances, trash compactors are subject to develop certain issues over time. To help prevent minor problems from growing into more serious ones, it is important to know how to recognize them. This article will discuss two signs that it’s time to call in a professional for some TLC.
Trash Compactor Runs Continuously
Does your trash compactor begin to operate the moment you’ve closed its door? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, this is one of the most common problems afflicting trash compactors. It is generally caused by a foot pedal that has become stuck in its start position. In some cases, the problem can be solved simply by tightening up the pedal’s mounting screws. In others, the issue may be more serious, and the foot pedal’s actuator may need to be replaced to restore proper functioning.
Motor Turns On But Ram Won’t Move
The ram is the part of your compactor responsible for actually squashing down all of your garbage. It is driven by a motor, whose power is transferred to the ram by means of a drive sprocket and drive chain. When you can hear the motor running but the ram won’t seem to move, the problem is usually a drive sprocket that has become detached from the motor. Sometimes this is the result of damage or excessive wear, while other times it may just be a simple mechanical error.
If your trash compactor has been experiencing either of the issues discussed above, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at ABA Appliance Repair, Inc. for a professional consultation.