How to extend compactor lifespan

Louise Smyth

Compactors and balers help in reducing waste. They are under constant stress and may break down if they are not maintained properly. Therefore, users must practice tips that will help in increasing their lifespan. Do proper research about the expected longevity and ask for information regarding how often you need do part replacement and service the equipment. 

Here are 6 tips that will help you increase the lifespan of your waste handling equipment from Erich Lawson at the Compactor Management Company.

Keep the unit clean 

Keeping the compactor clean will keep it free from unwanted bacteria and prolong its life. Before you clean the unit, ensure that it is unplugged to prevent serious injuries and don’t forget to put on protective gloves.

Remove the bag and extract debris. Fill a spray bottle with warm, soapy water and spray the inside of the compactor. Allow the liquid to sit for a few minutes so that it can soak into the grease and dirt. Use a dampened cloth to wipe away the soapy mixture. Once all the soap is gone, dry the interior with a clean cloth. 

Avoid incompatible waste

You must never put certain items in the compactor as they might damage it. Some of these include: 

  • Glass as it may either tear the bag;
  • Wood as the splinters may get into the motor, causing it to fail;
  • Liquids and oil because they promote the growth of bacteria and make it hard to clean;
  • Batteries and aerosol sprays as they can explode under pressure;
  • Pet waste as it will greatly increase the odour.

Inspect metal parts 

Metal weakens over time, which means that the integrity of the nuts and bolts may get compromised. It is important that you check all the nuts and bolts, and other metal parts frequently. 

Check the compactors for signs of metal fatigue. Inspect for wear and tear where metal parts rub against other metal. If you find any weak metal, fix or replace it immediately. 

Check all the compactor filters

Inspect the filters of the hydraulic system at least twice a year. If you see any damage or wear and tear, get a replacement. 

Change the oil filter after the first 50 hours and every 250 hours after that. Ignoring the oil filters will have a damaging effect on the compactors. 

Lastly, if your compactor comes with an air filter, change it whenever you clean the compactor. You may even change it at the first signs of odour. If there is no air filter, use a small amount of baking soda where the compactor is located to neutralise the odours. For occasional smells between regular cleanings, use a spray deodoriser or disinfectant.

Inspect the electrical connections 

The electrical system is the basis for machine operation. Most of the electrical wiring is encased in the piping. Do a visual inspection and check the integrity of the piping. 

Check the electric control panel which includes wire condition, switches and relays. Inspect and adjust the safety and limit switches. Don’t forget about the warning lights, emergency stop and pressure gauge. Look for any kind of physical damage and change the necessary electrical connections. 

Get a professional 

Regular preventive maintenance will keep the baler and compactor in good condition. Contact a professional who specialises in trash compactor repair. Call a maintenance service company to inspect the equipment at least twice a month. This will prolong the life of the compactor. 

You can improve the compactor performance and extend its life by taking the necessary preventive measures. Get it inspected regularly so that it can work optimally for a longer period of time. 




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