Trash Compactor Maintenance Tips That Will Help You Avoid the Need for Appliance Repair

Fred's Appliance
September 17, 2014

A trash compactor is a convenient and effective machine that allows you to easily lessen your garbage output by compressing the debris to a manageable size. Although, a compactor is designed to be a low maintenance appliance, a handful of cleaning procedures exist that can help keep unwanted bacteria at bay, while also prolonging the lifespan of your trash compactor.

Cleaning Tips

  1. Before you perform any type of maintenance on your trash compactor, be sure to unplug the appliance from the wall. Allowing the compactor to stay active is a huge safety mistake which may end with you visiting your local hospital with a serious injury.

  2. Your next course of action requires you to simply remove the trash bag from the interior of the appliance. After the bag is out-of-the-way, take a good look at the bottom of your compactor. If you spot any debris, such as, broken glass or a discarded jar top, carefully extract it from the appliance. Leaving objects on the bottom of your trash compactor can lead to a serious malfunction and the need forappliance repair.

  3. The next step calls for a spray bottle filled with warm, soapy water. It’s best to use a mild detergent to ensure you don’t damage the interior of your compactor. Once the mixture is ready, spray the inside of your appliance and allow the liquid to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. This gives the detergent enough time to successfully penetrate the dirt and bacteria left from constant use.

  4. After enough time has passed, use a dampened cloth to wipe away the detergent and water mixture. Once you’re sure all the soap is gone, dry the interior with a clean towel. Leaving the inside wet can lead to mold growth and unsavory smells.

  5. Many trash compactors have air filters to help neutralize odors. If yours does, use this time to check it and replace it if needed. On the other hand, if your compactor doesn’t have an air filter, you should deodorize the appliance by sprinkling a small amount of baking soda on the compactor’s floor.

  6. Your final step is placing a new bag inside your trash compactor and plugging the appliance back in for future use.

If you’re concerned with your trash compactor’s performance, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to diagnose and fix the malfunction.

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