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Garage door opener doesn't work

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    You guys have any ideas why my garage door is dead? It's a liftmaster. Probably 15 years old at least.
    Any help would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Check all of the batteries? There is one in the outside push button panel next to the garage door too.;)

    Sometimes if you have had a power outage, you need to unplug and replug. Power on reset
     
  3. lucifermonkey

    lucifermonkey Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    It probably got Ebola :eek:
     
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  4. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's broken?
     
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  5. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Something in the way of the safety "eyes"?
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    More then likely it's one of the travel limit switches.
    Look at the little black toggle switches that dangle from the traveler rail attached to the ceiling.
    There's a switch on each end.
    As the door travels down, an adjustable lever will contact the switch and open the circuit.
    When the door moves up, it will contact the switch near the power head and stop the door when it hits the switch.

     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    If you have a failing incoming line then appliances will start to die, one by one, ask me how I know. Do you have copper or aluminum lines?
     
  8. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    The stupid little plastic bearings/bushings go out in the wheels, why they ever changed to plasics I would never know.

    One of my bosses has one about the same age, same problem, that bubblegum dont work.
     
  9. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Well im a idiot. Again. It was slightly unplugged from extension cord. The darn cat snagged it.
    Now here's the really crappy thing. While I was looking at the issue, I had the face plate off, where the circuit board is attached on the other side. I touched the board against the metal housing, and it sparked.
    Now it's dead. So I had it working, then putting it back together I ruined it, I think.
    I'm pretty ticked off.
     
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  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Look for a reset button near the board.
     
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  11. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Ok. I couldn't see one.
     
  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Look on the backside of the power head, towards the door.
     
  13. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Ok
     
  14. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    My sweetheart opened her electric garage door manually for years as a working single mom, too busy to make an appointment and get it fixed. We met, we looked it over together, and we were flummoxed... until she found a penny fit very neatly into one of the eyes. Her son in high school clearly remembers hiding it in there when he was 3 or 4. He parks out on the driveway.
     
  15. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    check your breakers
     
  16. U201491

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    All batteries first. Electric eye alignment across one side of door to the other. I always hit mine with a shovel or something and knock them out of alignment. and that shuts it down til I realign them, check breaker its plugged to, check plug In.
     
  17. d2the3

    d2the3 Eugene, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    we just put our up in the garage rafters about 6 inches a part and they never get bumped up there...... and, well, we take our chances while running under the closing door.
     
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  18. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    That's funny as long as you don't have kids :)
     
  19. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I would check for any fuses that might have blown when grounded. Sometimes circuit boards will have a small fuse on them. Or check the breaker but you would probably know if other power there was out.

    Back through it with the car and call insurance!
     
  20. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Her-Der....I did that to the tune of $90.00 when I cleaned the bit of corrosion from the pins in the plug of my electric trolling motor.....Her-Der!

    Always disconnect/shut off power BEFORE dissasembly!

    Mike
     
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