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Why doesn't my trash compactor work?
To avoid personal injury or death, disconnect your appliance from its power source before you start any troubleshooting or repair work. Use caution when working inside any appliance.
Check to make sure the unit has power. Trash compactors usually run off of 110V outlets. To verify power, plug in a different appliance, such as a hair dryer. If you have no power, check the fuse, GFCI, or circuit breaker.
The ground fault circuit interrupter is a safety plug that is used for the power supply to many appliances these days. This is like a mini-circuit breaker thatТs built into the outlet. A little switch pops out if the electrical demand is too high. Just push the Reset button back in. ItТs located in the middle of the outlet.
Make sure the drawer is completely closed. There are micro-switches that sense if the drawer is closed or not. The compactor will not work if the door isn't closed all the way.
Verify that the Key Lock Switch is turned all the way to Start.
Some models of compactor need you to press On before pressing Start.