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coachd4461
Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

When I push the button the door opens about six inches and then closes. This will happen if the trolley is connected and when it is not connected to the door. When the trolley stops the light do not blink. I have ruled out the door since it does it with out the trolley connected. I have tried the following things:

Looked at the gears and the do not looked stripped.
Lubed the rail
Tightened the chain drive.
Looked at and blew out where the chain drive connects to sprocket at top of opener

What else can I look at?

Thank you

A. Spruce
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

i would recommend calling their help desk.

ed21
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

I've had a pulley go bad. It wasn't really apparent until I noticed the pulley was egged out and the ball bearings had mostly fallen out. It was hard to spot. I had this happen to the fixed pulley as well as a movable one.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

Due to the low price, we find it faster and easier to replace the whole mechanism with a shiny new one with the improvements that have come along in the last 5 years.

This keeps us from fixing the next cheap piece of plastic that wears out.... and the next.....

dj1
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

If you are handy and can follow instructions and trouble shooting over the phone, call customer service with the model number in hand.

It sounds like the force up is out of commission.

Another option is to get a garage door opener tech to come and adjust it for you. Cost? around $100.

And the last option: on the day after Christmas, Sears sells them for cheap. If you know how to put them together, go for a new one.

My experience: at 5 years old, they are still just breaking in, so just adjust it. What you have done so far is just maintenance, not repair/service/adjustment.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

It seems like the motor is sensing a jam- some will do as you described when that happens while others will just pop the overload breaker on the unit. It could also be a failure in the light sensor or emitter near the floor; if that's not working properly you get the same symptoms; the door won't open because it can no longer close safely. My bet is the latter but do call tech support and see what they say before shelling out the bucks for a new one.

Phil

sscjr1
Re: Trouble w/ 5 yr old craftsman garage door opener

I had this happen to me recently. I simply had to align the sensors near the floor on either side of the opening.

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