If you do not have a trash compactor in your home and are considering having one installed, or you are building a new home and are considering whether or not to include a trash compactor, then it is good to know the pros and cons. Keep reading to discover what they are and then contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 if you need help selecting a trash compactor or installing it.
The Advantages of Trash Compactors
The main advantage of having a trash compactor installed is that it allows trash to take up less space within your home. This can be a huge advantage for people who live on a high floor and do not want to take trash down every day, or for those with limited room to store trash until trash day.
When trash takes up less space it also requires fewer trash bags. If you are required to provide your own curbside trash cans, you may need fewer, which can save you money. Finally, if you pay for trash pickup and it is by the size of the trash you get rid of, then this can also save you money by significantly reducing the amount of the trash.
The Disadvantages of Trash Compactors
Of course, trash compactors are not right for everyone. Though the trash may take up less space, this also means that one bag of trash weighs a lot more. In fact, it can weigh between 30 and 50 pounds, which can be difficult for children, the elderly, or people with disabilities to handle.
Second, a trash compactor requires the use of special bags because regular bags are not designed for the extreme pressure that the trash goes through when compacted. This is an added expense and though you will not use as many of these bags as you would without a trash compactor, they generally cost more than a standard trash bag.
Finally, consider that the trash can quickly begin to smell bad. When perishable items are put in the trash and compacted, they can be in there for days or even weeks before the trash is taken out. There are steps you can take to reduce the affect of the smell, such as adding charcoal filters, but they add another expense and are not always effective.
Do You Need Advice on Which Option to Buy?
If you are considering buying a trash compactor and are not sure which option is best, give your local appliance repair shop a call. If you have a trash compactor and it is not working, you can also call us for troubleshooting and repair. Reach out to American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to get started.