GE Profile™ Built-In 15" Compactor GCG1580PSS user guide

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The removable knob is provided for your protection as a safety measure. When the knob switch is in the OFF position, the compactor will not operate.

Child Lockout Instructions:

Lock the compactor when it is not in use, by removing the knob. This will keep children from operating the compactor and prevent anyone from tampering with it.

Drawer Safety Switch

The compactor has two safety switches to ensure that the drawer is in its fully closed position for operation. The compactor will not cycle without the drawer being fully closed.

Care and Cleaning

Trash Bag Installation

Before installing a new bag, be sure that:

The drawer side is securely locked.

To install a new bag:

Reinforced plastic bags came with your compactor and are ready to be installed.

You must use the specially designed heavy-duty trash bags included with your compactor. These bags are available from your dealer or Factory Service Center. Ask for catalog number WC60X10005.

To order bags, call toll-free:

National Parts Center

800.661.1616 (Canada)

Place the bag into the drawer. Open the bag and pull the top edges over the drawer top.

Lock the bag in place by pulling the four prepunched holes over the bag retainer buttons. Holes will expand over the buttons without harming the bag.

Troubleshooting Tips container is clean and free of sharp debris that may puncture the bag.

Operating Instructions

Your compactor reduces household trash to as little as one-fourth of its original volume.

It compacts most refuse, including paper, cans, bottles, jars, plastic containers, wrappings,

sweepings and some food wastes.

Drop trash into the disposable bag (designed for compactor use) that lines the compactor trash drawer and close the drawer. When you start the compactor, an electrically-operated ram moves down into the drawer, compacts trash, moves back up againand the compactor shuts off automatically.

NOTE: The trash drawer must be at least 1/2 full before you will notice compaction because the ram does not travel all the way down into the drawer. By adding trash, compaction is transferred to the items below until all trash is compacted.

Safety Instructions

Using the trash compactor.

Press inside of bag against the drawer bottom, sides and corners for a smooth fit.

Folded newspaper is also helpful when compacting a large glass bottle, or several bottles or jars, or any other items that might shatter.

Although it is not necessary to compact until the drawer is full or nearly full, we suggest that, for maximum compaction, you start the compactor each time a significant amount of trash is added.

Consumer Support

Slightly lift and pull the compactor door handle or press the foot pedal and pull the drawer out.

To help keep the ram clean when compacting messy food waste, place a couple of folded sheets of newspaper on top of the load to be compacted.

Items too bulky to go into the drawer can be folded to fit. If it cannot be folded to fit into the drawer, do not attempt to force it.


To start the compactor:

Turn the knob to ON.

Make sure the drawer is fully closed.

Lift the foot pedal up to start cycle.

The ram travels downward into the drawer, compacting the trash. At the bottom of the stroke, the ram automatically reverses direction, retracts out of the drawer, returns to its starting position, and the compactor shuts off automatically.

The cycle takes less than 30 seconds. As the trash drawer fills with trash, cycle time gets progressively shorter.

You will not see compacting of trash the first few times you load. The compactor drawer should be about 1/2 full before the compactor can begin to compress

Glass bottles can make a loud noise when they break during compaction. This is normal. Also, bottles in the trash drawer will not always break during the first cycle.

Breaking glass and associated noise may occur several cycles later, depending on the type and volume of the trash.

When bottles and cans are compacted, small tears in the bag may occur. This is normal and in no way affects the

Consumer Support

Troubleshooting Tips

Care and Cleaning

Operating Instructions

Safety Instructions

Using the trash compactor. performance of the compactor. Keep the bag away from your body to prevent injury from sharp objects that may have pierced the bag.

Do not apply too much force when turning the knob. The knob should always rotate easily. Forcing may break the knob and damage the switch.

When emptying waste baskets into the trash drawer, some items may spill into the compactor behind the drawer. Items behind the drawer could prevent it from closing completely and prevent the compactor from operating. To remove such items from behind the drawer, open the drawer and remove it to clean them out. See the Care and Cleaning section.

To stop the compactor:

The compactor may be stopped at any time.

Attempting to open the drawer while the ram is moving will stop the ram.

The safety switch will activate.

Close the drawer completely and the ram will travel back to the UP position.

Open the drawer fully and turn the knob

Removing a Full Trash Bag

Pull the drawer completely open.

Remove the top of the bag from the bag retainer buttons. Pull up all four bag cuffs.

Push the side-lock latch down and tilt the drawer side open.

Lift the bag out.

As is true of most appliances, proper care is needed to give you continued satisfaction. Before cleaning the compactor, turn the knob to the OFF position and remove it. If you will be away for more than a couple of days, remove the compactor bag. Lock the compactor by removing the knob and store it in a safe place.

Cleaning the Unit