If you utilize a commercial trash compactor for your business’s waste management, it is probable that you will come across situations where your trash compactor won’t work. Like any piece of industrial equipment, the machine may occasionally malfunction. While it can be frustrating when your trash compactor won’t work, it’s crucial to remain calm. Keep in mind that a malfunction doesn’t always indicate a significant issue. In fact, some problems are so straightforward to resolve that you may be able to troubleshoot them yourself. This blog post will cover some minor issues that may arise with commercial trash compactors and provide guidance on how to troubleshoot them. These complications include:
- Compactor Won’t Start Or Turn On
- Compactor’s Ram Won’t Move
- Compactor Is Making Strange Noises
Troubleshooting- Compactor Won’t Turn On
If your waste compactor isn’t making any noise when you try to turn it on then check the following:
- Emergency Stop Button- This button’s sole purpose is to stop the machine in case of emergencies. Any time this button is activated, the machine will not run.
- Interlock Switches- These switches prevent the compactor from operating unless all doors and the container are properly closed and locked. Make sure all doors are closed and sealed.
- Electrical Disconnect Switch- Make sure the electricity hasn’t been disconnected. If you had a power outage since the last time you used the compactor then the power may need to be reset. In this case, you should turn off the disconnect for about 20 seconds, then turn it back on to reset the compactor’s internal computer.
- Power Cord- Make sure the machine is plugged in. This one may seem obvious, but we have had service calls in the past for machines that “weren’t working” because they weren’t plugged in to a power source.
- Hydraulic Hoses- Make sure that the hydraulic hoses are tightly attached to the compactor.
Troubleshooting- Compactor’s Ram Isn’t Compacting
If your waste compactor’s motor starts, but the ram won’t move then check the following:
- Oil- Ensure the machine has the proper amount of oil to ensure proper lubrication of the components.
- Is there Jam?- It’s possible that you have overloaded the charge box by feeding the compactor waste material that is too large or not compactable. Material may also be stuck behind the ram. Remove what you can using a stick or grabber (NEVER put any of your limbs inside the machine). Then try running the compactor with a smaller batch of material.
Troubleshooting- Compactor is Making a Strange Noise
When a trash compactor needs repair, it can generate unusual noises like squeals, bangs, or whines. In most cases a certified technician should check out any strange noises coming from your machine, but one thing you can do is ensure the noise isn’t being caused by a jam. If it is, you may be able to fix the jam by removing the material using a stick or grabber (Again, NEVER put any of your limbs inside the machine).
When To Call A Professional Compactor Technician
Once you’ve gone through the following commercial trash compactor troubleshooting checklist and confirmed that the emergency stop and interlock switches are not activated, the electricity is connected, the power cord and hydraulic hoses are properly plugged in, the machine has sufficient oil, and there are no obvious jams, but you’re still encountering issues, it’s time to seek professional assistance. This is where FleetGenius Compactor Solutions comes in. As the premier provider of commercial trash compactor repair services in the United States, we offer unparalleled expertise. Our team is capable of repairing all makes and models of compactors, and our service is available nationwide. With highly skilled compactor technicians and industry-leading response and resolution times, we guarantee the highest level of service.
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