Garage Door Opener Intermitent Sticking

doyledhMay 19, 2009

Both with the remote and the direct wire control in the garage the opener seems to stick after going up sometimes 3 feet, other times 5 or six feet. Once I get it to work, by holding my head just right and using the correct curse words, it will go for a week or more before acting up again.

This is a 2 year old door. All the springs are intact. There is no obstruction that I can see on the chanels on either side nor on the overhead chanel where the trolley runs.

What do you suspect is happening?

What's the fix?

Many thanks


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Just now I got the garage door to replicate the problem: it got stuck while opening at about 5 feet up. I hit the button on the wall again, it closed, again and it opened to about 3 feet, again, again, and it stuck at about 1 foot. Then it opened all the way and apparently returned to normal ... for now. I thought this might clarify what the problem was for you garage door experts.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 10:08AM
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On the back of your motor unit you will find the 'up force' control. Increase this a 1/4 turn and see if it doesn't cure your problem.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 10:53AM
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This may not apply to your situation, but if you have a chain driven opener, check the chain to see what kind of grease is on it. The seller of my house put this thick black grease all over mine. The grease would get harder or softer depending on the weather which caused the door to not close properly. Adjusting "down force" helped, but I had to crank mine all the way to max.

I checked a few forums and they told me that the proper grease was white lithium.

Your problem seems a bit different, but I thought I would share anyway :)

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 10:56AM
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Mine has a rubber belt. I have now adjusted the UP force and it seems to be working fine now ... even without me cursing!
Many thanks,

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 3:34PM
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