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Preventing your Compactor from Freezing

Posted On: December 5th, 2019

As cold weather sweeps across the country again this year, we’d like to offer a few tips to prevent a frozen compactor.


Here are a few basic tips to reduce the risk and expense of a frozen compactor:

Liquids – Reduce or eliminate liquids from your waste stream. By not throwing liquids in your compactor you can greatly reduce the potential for a compactor freeze-up.

Salt/Urea – Depending on the overall use of your compactor, occasionally throw a small amount of rock salt or urea into the compactor. This will help prevent any liquids in the machine from freezing solid.

Operation – If your compactor is not used consistently during evening hours, a “warm-up” cycle is suggested prior to regular use. Cycle the compactor ram in short cycles for a brief period to ensure that the compactor ram can move adequately in and out. This can prevent major damage and warm the machine cylinders, pumps, valves and oil.

If your compactor is broken or frozen give us a call today at (833) 233-9377 for our 24/7 service!

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