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Garage door question

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by 686beretta, Oct 24, 2010.

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  1. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    For the last couple of weeks at times my garage door will not go down with either the remote or the button in the garage. It will go down if you hold the button that is in the garage down while the door goes down. Is this a short,when you do hit the button either one, it will act like it is going down then stop and go back up the light also flashes. If there are any other questions please let me know. How big of a job does this sound like?
     
  2. HP TARGET

    HP TARGET TS Member

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    It sounds like the electronic eyes that shoot across the bottom of the door opening are dirty or have been knocked out of alignment. first take a damp cloth and be sure that there is not anything on the lenses. second make sure that they both point at each other. On most models there should be a light that comes on when the beam is in alignment. I have also seen where a rope or loose label will fold up when the door closes and break the beam. The reason the door will close when you hold the button down is a built in "force down" incase of this type of problem.
     
  3. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    My son just had this happen to him on a Genie door. What he found was the compasitor had worked loose, he had to resoder his back to the circit board.

    He went through their service tech with lite check, went with new wire to the lites, nothing helped. Until he noticed loose compastor, he held it in place and everything worked the way it should.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. skeeljc

    skeeljc Supporting Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    There is a way that you can lock the system so that the remote will not operate the door. It sounds like that is what you have done. Check the manual to find out how to reset it.

    The falshing light is trying to tell you something. The fact that it works with the wall control means it is a controller issue.

    Jim Skeel
     
  5. Shootrman

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    I have a Sears model and from time to time I need to make adjustments on the unit itself, but first check eyes for alignment. If you have an instrution booklet. The number of flashes could tell you exactly what to look for. The manual will tell you in the trouble shooting guide....BIG JOB, not really just a pain in the back side.
     
  6. Bob Hawkes

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    686, I've had a similar problem for several years that is a real pain. Mine somehow is temperature related. All summer long it's been fine, now with temperature's in the forty's the remote won't work and you have to hold the manual button in the garage. If you let up on the button the door will reverse. Several years ago the temperature had to be in the teens for it to screw up, last year the 30's, and now this year the 40's. I've had Overhead Door service it and the problem quickly returns.

    Cleaning and checking the signal lights is good advice.

    I have suggested that my problem is temperature related within the electronics?

    Sure is a nuisance, so I can appreciate the frustration of the others here. :)
     
  7. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Light flashing - door stops and goes back up - the lights are not aligned or have an obstruction which could be hard to see. Spiders are prevelant this time of year and a cob web can do it. Happens every year to mine 80% chance this is your prob
     
  8. shooterIII

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    What is a compastor, or do you mean a capacitor?
     
  9. handlepuller

    handlepuller Well-Known Member

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    It's the eyes.
     
  10. claybuster60

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    Hey Bob Hawks, sounds to me like you have some "cold solder connections" on the electronics board. Year after year the problem got worse and now with the temps in the 40s the door won't work properly. Right? Find a good electronics technician and have him look at and repair the electronics board with a soldering job on all connections that look questionable. You would be surprised how the changing temperatures will effect the circuitry solder connections.

    Good luck

    Billy P
     
  11. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Billy. I'm no electrician, but that's exactly what I've tried to explain to the service guy every time for several years. That there is a temperature caused break somewhere. When I'm in AZ I won't care, that door works fine :)
     
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