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moscotty  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:40:03 PM(UTC)
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Started having trouble when trying to compact yesterday. Have to push "on" and not "start". Goes through cycle until the very end and starts banging. Must push "off" to stop. Is this the switch? (Kind of read in other posts with the same problem.) How do I get to the switch? I have the instruction book but it does not indicate how to open up. Is it worth trying to fix myself?
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Gene  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:41:47 PM(UTC)
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Most likely the problem is a bad push-button switch on the control panel.

You have to remove the container and the two screws on the bottom of the control panel. Pull the control panel up to release it from the tabs and it's all yours.

- The part number for the push-button switch is AP3084656

Here are the break down diagrams for the Whirlpool trash compactor Model GX900QPKB0

Gene.
olchev  
#3 Posted : Monday, December 1, 2008 6:26:23 PM(UTC)
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Hi Gene, and Moscotty,

I have nearly the same compactor model GX900QPLB0, and I would described the same problem. Unit starts only with "on" button deployed. Momentary start does nothing. After starting unit will ram down and cycle (reverse) at bottom of travel or compact load then start upward travel. At top of travel unit continues to thump or make tamping noise until I manually use stop button.
I thought I had this diagnosed as the Top Limit Switch and replaced that but still has the problem. The troubleshooting guide lists the top limit switch or the momentary contact switch as probable cause.

My question is : Can I check the control panel switch assembly for contact failure? How?

Thanks - (Neal) olchev
Gene  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 2, 2008 6:42:51 PM(UTC)
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Hi Neal,

The problem with your trash compactor is absolutely the same as the problem described previously. You have to replace the push-button switch on the control panel.

- The part number for the push-button switch is AP3084656

Here are the break down diagrams for the Whirlpool trash compactor Model GX900QPLB0

Gene.
olchev  
#5 Posted : Friday, December 5, 2008 7:29:22 AM(UTC)
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That was it! Unit functions as new, now.
Thanks, Gene
Gene  
#6 Posted : Sunday, December 7, 2008 3:51:16 PM(UTC)
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You are welcome. I'm glad you were able to fix it.

Gene.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:11:09 AM(UTC)
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My Trash Compactor Whirlpool Model #SH0800002 when we turn it on it wont' turn off automatically, I guess the trash masher stays down and we have to turn the knob off. Please help
Gene  
#8 Posted : Saturday, January 31, 2009 9:31:39 PM(UTC)
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The model number you posted does not come up. Verify and repost it.

Gene.
monicakm  
#9 Posted : Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:20:46 PM(UTC)
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My stand alone tc is 7 years old. For 6 years I used the "off" button to stop the ram while it was at it's lowest level to stablize (for lack of a better term) the trash so it wouldn't pop back up. Now the "on" button is stuck (in position), and the "off" button doesn't work. The tc works, I just can't use the "off" button to keep the ram depressed. If I were going to replace the part, would it be part #AP3084656? Could it be that the buttons are stuck and would it be possible to un-stick them by removing the switch assembly. I've got the control panel removed and see the switch but really don't want to go any further without my husband's help.
Thanks,
Monica
monicakm  
#10 Posted : Sunday, September 20, 2009 8:27:53 PM(UTC)
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We fixed it! Not sure if it will remain fixed but so far so good. Took the switch assembly off the control panel and using a flat screw driver, worked with the "on" button till it popped back out. Now both the on and off buttons work :)
Monica
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