Touchless garbage cans are different from traditional cans in many ways. The most obvious difference is that these cans are operated by a sensor that detects when you put your hand in front of it and opens the lid.
So how exactly does a touchless trash can work?
Why is my touchless garbage can not working?
If your touchless trash can isn’t working properly, then there are some things you can check:
Always check the batteries or the power source
The first thing to check is whether the batteries are installed properly in the trash can. Make sure that they aren’t loose or missing. Also, make sure that there is power coming from the outlet if your touchless trash can uses an AC adapter. If the batteries are low, the sensor will not function normally or won’t open the lid at all. Even if you have power, it may not be enough for your garbage can to work properly.
Check out the sensor
The sensor is located on top of the garbage can. As time passes, debris, dirt, and grime accumulate obstructing the sensor site. There might also be a piece of protective foil on the trash can sensor that you forgot to peel off when you bought it.
The lid may be bent or jammed
The most likely reason your garbage can is not working is that it has an issue with one of its internal parts. The lid may be bent or jammed, or there could be something stuck between the lid mechanism and the lid itself. Also, the lid could be bent and doesn’t close properly. If you press on the center of the lid, it should move smoothly. If not, it means something is jamming it like a piece of paper or tissue inside the can. Also, there could be food or other items stuck between the hinge and the base of the lid.
Inspect the hinges
When your touchless trash can is not working, check its hinges. Broken or bent hinges can cause the trash can to not open or close properly. By throwing large objects in the trash, you can bend or damage the hinges. The plastic parts of these hinges are made of a material that can break easily. Inspect the hinges carefully if you have broken plastic parts, and repair them if necessary.
Using wrong-sized trash bags
There are different sizes of touchless trash cans ranging from 10 gallons to 23 gallons. It is critical to use the right size bag. Otherwise, it may fall over and obstruct the sensor. Liners also keep trash bags in place, so they won’t slide, they’ll be hidden from sight, and won’t overhang. It will not affect the sensor, and the lid can be opened and closed smoothly.
Check for loose connections and broken wires
How do you fix a touchless trash can?
How to fix iTouchless trash can?
The trash can lid opens randomly
The automatic trash can keeps opening and closing
The touchless trash can lid won’t open
The first thing you need to do is check that the batteries are installed correctly. Replacing the batteries with brand-new ones should fix the issue. There may be a problem with the AC adapter if the lid works with batteries. It is also helpful to know that touchless trash cans work with only one power source at a time. Therefore, you shouldn’t install batteries while the AC adapter is connected.
iTouchless trash can not open all the way
How to reset iTouchless trash can?
ITouchless trash cans can be reset in order to fix the problem quickly and easily. Remove the batteries or unplug the AC adapter if the trash can still doesn’t work. It is recommended to let the trash can sit for at least 2 hours to allow it to reset. Once you have reset the device, try opening the lid.
How to fix Ninestars trash can?
Ninestars touchless trash can is a reputable brand with many happy customers. As with any piece of technology, there is a possibility for something to go wrong. Here are a few tips for troubleshooting the Ninestars garbage can.
Ninestars trash can lid not opening
How to reset Ninestars trash can?
How to fix Simplehuman sensor trash can?
Simplehuman designs products that are made to last. But when something goes wrong with your touchless garbage can trash can there are some possible fixes to make your Simplehuman work again.
The sensor is not working
Make sure the batteries are replaced with new ones. You should not power the sensor can with batteries and an AC adapter at the same time.
The sensor can lid is not opening
You may need to change the batteries in the device or clean the sensor if it has become dirty or obstructed. The sensor lens should be cleaned with a cloth, then the trim ring should be lifted up and lowered again. It is always recommended to use brand-new alkaline batteries.
The Simplehuman lid stays open with the blue LED indicator on
When the lid won’t close and the blue light blinks, the infrared sensor is malfunctioning. The batteries should be removed and the sensor eye should be wiped well with a microfiber cloth before putting them back in.
If you have a Simplehuman sensor trash caan, you may notice that the lid squeaks sometimes when opening or closing. This can be caused by debris getting trapped under the hinge and between the back of the lid and the hinge. Cleaning or brushing the hinge area and the gap between the back of the lid and the hinge is the best solution.
How to reset Simplehuman trash can?
- The first step is to remove the touchless trash can batteries.
- To indicate that the power and electronic memory have been completely drained, place your hand over the sensor for about one second. You will then see the LED light flash once.
- Power up the garbage can after you put the batteries back in.