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Trash Compactor Drawer Won't Open

My KitchenAid Compactor Door or Drawer Will Not Open

Trash compactors will normally open when the foot pedal is engaged. However, if your compactor will not open, there are a couple of things to check first:

Is the ram all the way up? 

The drawer will open only when the ram is fully raised. To ensure the ram is raised all the way, follow the below instructions: 

  • Models with a key knob (or key switch): Turn the key knob (key-switch) to Start and release.
  • Models with push button controls: Press Off, and then press On.

Is the Solid cycle engaged? 

The Solid cycle will keep the ram in the down position until it is released. This will keep the trash compacted at the best level. The drawer remains locked until you reset by lifting up the foot pedal.


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