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Old 06-04-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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I'm having trouble with my garage door opener. I thought I would bounce the issue off my favorite tradesmen before I hire a local pro, on the off chance that one of you may have an answer to what may be happening.

The door fails to close intermittently. It always opens fine, and defaults to "open" when it fails. The first thing I did was disconnect the door to eliminate the load, presuming that the door might be binding. The opener still pauses intermittently and reverts to "open".

This doesn't make any sense to me, but holding the button (wired near the entrance from the garage to the house) seems to work most of the time. Keeping the clickers pressed in the car does not seem to make any difference.

Other possibly pertinent info: I have a wireless keypad mounted outside the door. I don't think this has anything to do with my problem, but it's there. It's basically a clicker that requires a key code.

Any ideas?
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On occasion I have to clean the dirt from the 'eyes' on the sensors and make sure they are pointed in the proper direction. Dust and dirt blow in from the gravel driveway and someone, I'm not saying who, occasionally manages to brush the sensor with a tire.
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I will second Paul's opinion. I would guess the censors are slightly off, or dirty.
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If the operator reverses itsownself without the door even being attached, I'd rule out the obstruction sensors.

Maybe there's some sorta obstruction on the chain track, Dan? Presuming, of course, it's a chain drive thingee.
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mine went down and touched and went back up a few times, until I adjusted the chains travel with some doo-hicky knob I turned, then it went down and stopped fine.
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Is this a new unit or one that you've had for awhile?
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #7
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Tracks can become loose over time also and cause the guide wheels to bind. Check the whole travel line to make sure that the door isn't reacting to an obstruction. Checking the "eye" alignment and cleaning it's lens are also "first step" solutions.
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turn it off at the wall and turn it on it should reset itself
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I agree with all but lean to the chain or auger obstruction theory.
I had the same thing and did everthing everyone suggested and it worked fine.
But i did them all at the same time so i don't know what fixed it.
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Thanks folks! I wanted a few things to try before bringing in the hired guns.

Steve, this unit is less than 6 years old.
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What CX said. If you disconnect the door and it still does it, it's got to be in the chain or maybe one of the limit switches.

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and defaults to "open" when it fails
Does the light flash on and off when it defaults to "open"?

The chain's probably stretched in 6 years of use, and might be dragging hard on some part of the track.

Have you stood on a ladder and watched the top side while it operates? (with the door disconnected, for sure).
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Well, the lens on the sensors were indeed filthy. They're cleaned and aligned now, and so far, so good. That might be all it was - Hard to tell with an intermittent problem.

Thanks, folks.
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Sunlight on the sensor will cause that effect. If it always works at night or on overcast days, that would be the first place I would look.

Generally putting the receiver on the south side so that it looks north will help. But not always, as sometimes reflected sunlight can still blind the sensor. (One sensor is the transmitter, the other is the receiver. On the few I have looked at, that can be deducing from the labeling.) The other alternative is a shading enclosure around the sensors. I have mounted a plywood box around the sensor with a 1 inch hole directly inline and several inches away from the lens. Never had a sun problem and it keeps the sensor from being broken also.
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Good to know, Larry. My sensors are recessed a bit in metal boxes, perhaps for the reason you mention. This is the first time I've had a problem in years so I don't think sunlight is the issue - unless the earth has shifted on its axis.
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Seems to be working fine now. I think my problem is solved. Thanks!
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