What if your ever reliable trash compactor breaks down and leaves you with a whole pile of garbage? Potential reasons are endless: from botched knobs, damaged wheels, links, roller bearings, and rods, to used up electric devices and rubbish caught up inside, making it doubly hard for the compactor to do its work.
Don’t fret. Help is on its way through these steps that will help you fix your trash compactor in half the time.
- Discover the root problem. See if there’s power coming through the electrical receptacle, and then test the cable. Ensure that the drawer is shut altogether before you proceed. Put loose terminal wires together. Test the drawer safety and on-off knobs. If your home compactor is still not working, test the mechanism. If the portable device resumes function, then stop testing the top-limit control and mechanism. Once you hear strange noises coming from the compactor, get the owner's manual and proceed to compactor lubrication. Finally, if the device doesn’t function at all, look for fragments in the power rods.
- Bring out your tools. To help you with your tune-up problems, make sure that you have on hand your screwdrivers, wrenches, nut driver, clamps and clips. There is no need for a plate compactor at this time! Stick to these simple tools. Don’t bring out unnecessary items like those used for repairing dishwashers, etc. to avoid confusion.
- Disassemble the parts of your kitchen compactor. Firstly, unhook the conduit wire, shut off the regulator or take away the safety device from the panel board. Remove the home compactor for trouble-free manipulation. Next, use wrenches or nut drivers to take away console covers. Put a clean cloth on your worktable and then, take away the cover plates to get to the cylinder, link, and knobs. As you deem fit, get rid of the fasteners stashed on the panel board. Finally, check the cable, mechanism, adjusters, etc. by means of a transistor, and then swap parts as needed.
- Replace or adjust a link. Proceed to this step if the mechanism runs, but the ram doesn't. Chances are, there is a damaged link or a collapsed cylinder somewhere. Follow these simple steps for maximum efficiency and increased ratings as a reliable do-it-yourself handyman in the family. Unhook the conduit wire, shut off power or withdraw the plug from the panel board. Proceed to take the kitchen compactor apart to get to the mechanism. Get rid of the rods and tiny engine if necessary. Take out the cylinder’s handle, the link from the cylinder's wheel, the power screws from the frame and the wheel connector. And then, set up the new bond around the wheel and fine-tune the link tension. Make sure to put the unit back together correctly, before initiating the igniter.
- Maintain the unit every so often. Refer to the manual regarding the best way to lubricate and maintain your portable compactor. Experts say that if you allot just one hour, twice a year in maintaining your unit, you can use your compactor for a much longer period of time.
Repairing your trash compactor takes so many hours from your busy schedule. That’s why it is advisable to maintain the unit at least once or twice a year, to make it as hassle-free as possible!