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fgg  
#1 Posted : Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:14:29 PM(UTC)
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Our fairly new Kitchenaid trash compactor seems to compact, then the ram returns to the top. The motor continues to run and then after 20 seconds or so starts loud thumping or banging. The drawer can be opened and it shuts off. When the door is closed, the thumping or loud banging continues. The only way to stop it is to switch it off. What is the issue and how do I repair?
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apartments1  
#2 Posted : Friday, January 23, 2015 3:30:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fgg Go to Quoted Post
Our fairly new Kitchenaid trash compactor seems to compact, then the ram returns to the top. The motor continues to run and then after 20 seconds or so starts loud thumping or banging. The drawer can be opened and it shuts off. When the door is closed, the thumping or loud banging continues. The only way to stop it is to switch it off. What is the issue and how do I repair?

Did you get an answer and fix your trash compactor. Mine is doing the same thing?
martyup  
#3 Posted : Saturday, February 21, 2015 11:22:29 AM(UTC)
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Mine is doing the same thing. It's been doing this occasionally for a couple of years, but I've always been able to fix it by turning it off then back on and cycling. Now that doesn't fix it. I'm thinking something is stuck up next to the ram??? Help!!!

UPDATE: FIXED IT!! I READ A POST ELSEWHERE THAT SAID THE LOWER SWITCH CAN GET STUCK "ON". HE SAID TO JIGGLE IT. MINE WAS NOT STUCK IN THE DEPRESSED POSITION, BUT I JIGGLED IT AND IT FIXED THE PROBLEM. THIS IS THE LOWER PLUNGER SWITCH THAT IS DEPRESSED WHEN YOU LIFT UP ON THE FOOT LEVER.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:17:04 PM(UTC)
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I ordered this part. It is a redesign of the old parts and you must use all of them. But it worked and is still working fine.
#PD00003314 Whirlpool Off Switch Kit Hope this works for you too
martyup  
#5 Posted : Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:11:16 PM(UTC)
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See my update in my earlier post. I fixed my problem by simply jiggling the on/off plunger switch down in the lower right corner of the unit. For now it's working. if it starts doing it again and the jiggle won't fix it, then I'll have to order a new switch.
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