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Trash Compactor Drawer Will Not Open

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Trash compactor drawer will not open are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

    Most Frequent Causes for Trash compactor drawer will not open

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    Cause 1Door Latch

    Usually, if the latch is broken, you can use a putty knife or screwdriver to release the door catch. You may have to disassemble the drawer to remove. After removing the drawer, inspect the latch. If the latch is damaged or broken, replace it.

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    Cause 2Drive Chain

    The drive chain on the ram drive system might have broken, become jammed in the gears, or fell off the gears completely. If the drive chain is defective, the ram will not move all the way to the top of the compactor. As a result, the drawer will be prevented from opening. To determine if the drive chain is at fault, you will need to disassemble the compactor to inspect the chain. If the drive chain is broken, replace it.

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    Cause 3Trunnion Nut

    If the trunnion nut is defective, the ram will not move all the way to the top of the compactor. As a result, the drawer will be prevented from opening. To determine if the trunnion nut is at fault, you will need to disassemble the compactor to inspect the trunnion nut. If the trunnion nut is stripped or defective, replace it.

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    Cause 4Foot Pedal

    Inspect the foot pedal for damage. If the foot pedal is damaged, replace it.

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