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Old 04-15-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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Trash compactor

A year ago I moved into my first house which has a GE trash compactor built into the kitchen cabinets and after about 7 months of regular weekly activation/use it has stopped working. When we turn the dial to compact the trash it starts making a loud continuous chug-chug-chug sound until I turn the dial back to the off setting. Has anyone experienced this and knows how to fix it? (aside from obviously calling an appliance repairman. Any help is appreciated, thank you.

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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maybe broken belt, take off the back panel to see

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Like the man said, open that puppy up and see what ain't right!
...probably belt.....

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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sounds like stripped drive nuts.. if it was the belt you should just hear the mtr running at full tilt.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #5
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Ok guys I took apart the compactor and so far it seems like the the long screws that spin in the sides are not catching the two plastic nuts as mentioned previously. To double check i tilted it on its side and checked the chain/belt in the bottom and that is well greased and intact.

I uploaded a video of the problem on YouTube please check it out:
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