Compactors Freeze Due to Low Temperatures
January 12, 2022
As the cold weather settles around us again this year, you may experience the occasional compactor freeze-up. In an effort to minimize the potential effects of this situation, Waste Harmonics would like to remind you of our guidelines and how you can reduce the impact of a frozen compactor.
There are a few basic tips we can provide to help minimize the risk and expense of a frozen compactor:
- Liquids – Rather obvious, but especially during the winter months, reduce or eliminate liquids from your waste stream. By not throwing water, milk, juice, ice, and other types of liquids in the compactor you can greatly reduce the potential for a compactor freeze-up.
- Salt/Urea – Dependent on the overall use of your compactor, occasionally during
your daily operation of the machine, throw a small amount of rock salt or urea into
the compactor. This will help prevent any liquids in the machine from freezing solid, preventing the machine from operating, subsequently causing damage to the equipment.
- Operation – If you do not use your compactor consistently during evening hours, a “warm-up” cycle is recommended for the compactor 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. Doing this not only can prevent major damage, but can also warm the machine cylinders, pumps, valves and oil, which has the effect of easing the equipment into use.
If your compactor stops working during the winter months, please call Eco Resource Management so we can dispatch a repair person or advise you of how we can resolve this issue. Please be advised that compactors contain fluid that can freeze and inhibit the hydraulics from functioning. Once the temperature rises, the compactor should resume normal functions.