Kithchen Aid Trash Compactor - To small for my FisherPaykel DW
Posted 17 July 2005 - 12:09 PM
Our 14 month old Kitchen Aid trash compactor started acting-up recently. Basically, the Solid Pack feature stopped working entirely.
When the unit was set to Solid Pack, every time I opened the door, closed the door, or sometimes on it's own, the trash compactor would start on it's own. It would start on its cycle, followed by a "tamping" noise that would only stop if the "solid Pack" knob was turned to normal.
The unit got progressively worse (wouldn't even turn on), so we called Sears. They have been out here three times, and have no clue how to fix the unit.
I currently am disputing the $ 186.00 they charged because they haven't fixed the unit, and have stood us up on scheduled appointments (rant for another day).
The issues we have now are the following: The "Solid Pack" feature does not work.
Apparently, Sears sent to me the Top Limit Directional Switch, and the Cycle Switch, which I installed (because Sears wont) which did nothing.
I found in the rear of the unit, where the motor is mounted, tons of random papers, bottle caps, and other refuse that my kids have so graciously deposited, which got logged in this area. I pulled most of it out with a long screw driver.
I believe that the final problem may be the "Motor Centrifugal Switch". Is it possible that the switch wires have become loose?
Posted 17 July 2005 - 07:53 PM
The key here is that fact that it starts in its own. This indicates a problem with the main start switch or loose wire connection somewhere, possibly a bad control board, if yours is so equipped. Can't be more specific without a model number.
Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:45 AM
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 02:01 PM
Although we have experienced issues with the unit running on its own, I was able to "tweak" the switch so it doesnt do it any more....
Could that be related to the Solid Pack not working?:bathead:
Posted 20 July 2005 - 02:12 PM
What do you think of the service bulletin that Pegi posted?
I think that thats maybe part of the problem. Thanks Pegi:clapping:
I will order that part so I dont have to deal with that again.
Do you think that will fix the Solid Pack issue?
For those that may not now, the Solid Pack feature allows the ram to compact the trash, and it stays in the down possition. Supposed to give much more capacity).:clapping:
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