Trash compacters were introduced in 1941 by a Pennsylvania inventor who intended them for industrial use -- namely, crushing oil cans used at gas stations. Today's household trash compacters are much quieter and more powerful as well. Whirlpool offers a number of different trash compactors in various finishes designed to blend seamlessly with kitchen decor. Yet, no matter what your compacter looks like, it works by using a motorized ram to flatten and compress your waste. If your Whirlpool trash compactor is broken and not doing its job, we can help you get it running right again. We carry quality replacement switches, nuts and screws, drive gear kits, bag packs, and more.