How To Fix A Trash Compactor Drawer That Won't Open Or Close

How To Repair A Trash Compactor Drawer That Won't Open or Close Properly

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Drawer Roller

If you have trouble opening or closing the drawer on your trash compactor, you may have a defective roller or rollers. Most trash compactors have a set of rollers attached to the rear of the drawer and another set attached to the frame near the front of the opening. If the rollers become damaged or lack lubrication the drawer may be difficult to move. To inspect, lift up on the drawer and remove from the opening. Check the rollers and mounting bracket for damage and lubricate with light grease if required. The rollers are attached to the drawer frame with hex nuts and can be changed using a socket or wrench. To replace the rollers attached to the cabinet, you will need to remove the drawer and then pull the unit out from the cabinets to access the front panel mounting screws. Turn off the power before removing the cabinet front. With the front panel pulled forward, you can then remove the nuts securing the rollers to the frame. You may need to raise the front of the compactor and remove the leveling legs to gain access to the hex mounting nuts. Make sure that there is no debris in the opening of the unit, or any damage to the frame that may interfere with the drawer movement.

Foot Pedal

If you have trouble opening or closing the drawer on your trash compactor, you may have a defective foot pedal. The foot pedal on most trash compactors is used to disengage the drawer from the frame and it is secured to the drawer with shoulder screws so that it can pivot easily. If the foot pedal on your compactor does not release the drawer easily or the drawer won’t stay closed, it may be damaged. To inspect the foot pedal, you will need to pull the drawer out far enough to access the mounting screws on the sides. Check the foot pedal for signs of damage and the mounting screws to ensure that they tighten properly and replace if necessary.

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