Installing a trash compactor in the home is a smart move. It reduces the number of times you must take out the garbage, a welcome change during cold weather. This useful household appliance is easiest to install during a kitchen remodel or when installing new kitchen cabinets. If a remodel is not on the horizon, consider installing the appliance in a utility room or the garage or purchase a portable model.
You will need:
• Trash compactor
• Circuit breaker
• Liquid household cleanser
• Soft cloths
• Scissors or utility knife
• Saw (for cabinet installation)
• Smoothing plane (for cabinet installation)
• Safety goggles (for cabinet installation)
Step 1: Select a location for the trash compactor. It should be located near an electrical outlet. If the appliance will be placed inside a kitchen cabinet, find a model that fits into the available space. During a remodel, choose a trash compactor based on the dimensions of the new countertop and cabinets.
Step 2: If you have the skills, install a separate circuit breaker for this appliance. A 60-Hz, 115-volt fused electrical supply is required. If you cannot install the circuit breaker yourself, have a professional do it.
Step 3: A compactor installed in an existing cabinet usually requires about 6 inches of free space on the right side, 25 inches on the front, and enough room on the countertop for a trim kit. This is where the carpentry tools come into play. In addition, make sure the back of the cabinet features an electrical outlet and install a circuit breaker.
Step 4: Remove the tape and protective packaging material from the outside of the trash compactor. Put a piece of cardboard under the bottom of the compactor to prevent the base of the appliance from damaging flooring when moved. Mix the liquid household cleanser and water in a bucket, dip the cloth in the solution, and use it to remove any waxy residue. Dry the appliance with another cloth. Plug the power cord into the back of the compactor.
Step 5: Adjust the appliance toe plate to accommodate the floor area. Cut along the designated line with the scissors or a knife. Adjust the compactor height in relation to the height of the kitchen cabinet by using the pliers to adjust the leveling feet so the appliance is ¼-inch lower than the cabinet height. Make sure the compactor is off, plug the cord into the electric socket, and slide the appliance into place.