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Brian: Sorry, I was called away last evening. Did not return till after 10 PM. Thanks for your reply.
Have completed items suggested. Same problem. Door does not close.
As a follow up I tried the following:
(one comment; Senors have not been wired in for over a year)
I re attached. Senors show green lits.
Disconnected power to/from wall unit. Same problem.
Disconnected door from chain drive. Door moved freely up and down.
Disconnected emergncy outside key use. Same problem.
Checked all wire to/from for shortare.
Do not know what else to try.
Hi Rich,Not a problem about lastnight. You just reply when you can, I'll be here. The opener is designed to not work without the sensors. But now that they are hooked back up, having to hold the wall button until the door closes is a direct clue that the sensors are the problem.If you are sure that they are aligned, something is still telling the opener that they are not. Whatever is telling the opener the false information is what you need to find and unfortunately it will take some process of elimination.Verify that the green lights are solidly lit and do not flicker when you try to close the door.My initial guess is that the sensors and/ or the wiring to the opener are defective or shorted. If this was my opener and problem I would start by replacing the sensors and the wiring to the opener. This is the least expensive option.If this doesn't fix the problem, you most likely have a burnt solder connection on the logic board. Unfortunately a new logic board costs around $70. I would recommend putting that money towards a new opener if your opener is older than 10 years.PLEASE READ BEFORE RATING MY ANSWER: Your final rating of my answer carries a lot of weight. It effects my overall ratings and I am dedicated to give you the most accurate and complete answer possible, based on the information you provided me. Please rate my answer fairly and if you are not satisfied with any part of my answer, please let me know so that I can clarify and have you leave here satisfied with your experience.
Can not be the sensors since they were not hooked up.Can not be wiring to the opener since it is a diret grounded plug in.
Therefore it has to be the logic board.
Suggest you buy another opener, if present one is over 10 years old.
Yes, the door was working fine without the sensors. I had disconnected the sensors from the motor unit over a year ago.
Agree with suggestion to buy new motor unit or a complete new garage door opener.
Wow....that is really odd. I have never heard of a door working without the sensors. Makes me curious now, how it could have worked. Well I'm glad you've decided to get a new opener, and please use the sensors....they are a safety feature....it would be a terrible thing if the door crushed a child or pet.Good luck with it! And have a great day!
Well Brian, I have two of them, and up until now they were both working fine.
I agree, they should be hooked up.
That's interesting. I'm going to do some research on that. Good luck with it Rich and if you have any other questions that come up, just reply to this thread.