Sears Garage door opener problem

bradburyJune 27, 2006

I have a 10 year old Sears 1/2 garge door opener that was working fine. Now, I cannot get the light in the sensor at the door to come on. I have checked the connection and the wire and find no problem. Door will open with the remote but not close. Just starts to close, stops, and light blinks. Can close by holding down the control mounted in the garage by overiding the sensors. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The sensors in the doorway must be pointed at one another for the light on the receiving sensor to come on. If they are bumped or somehow mis-aligned that light will go out and you will have the problem you describe. Tweak them a bit. You could have a bad sensor but mis-alignment is very common.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2006 at 6:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, it is the light in the sending unit that wont come on. I even took the sending sensor, still connected to the opener by the wire, over to the receiving unit and get nothing. Must be a bad sensor.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2006 at 9:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My reply would have been a little different had you said neither sensor light is on. You need to check the wiring from the opener to both sensors. If either wire is shorted by a staple it can cause this problem. Also check that the wire to the sending unit is not broken or disconnected at the motor.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2006 at 2:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a similar problem - my door suddenly stopped working correctly (Sears 1/2 hp opener, been working great til now). Now door won't close - goes a few inches down, reverses, light flashes. Will close if you hold the wall button until it goes all the way down. Opens normally with any button - remotes or wall. Safety sensor lights do not have the red or green LED glowing on either side - what would make them stop working suddenly? All connections are good - no damage to wiring that I can find. Have no owner's manual (previous owner did not leave it). How can I get an operator/owner manual for it?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 11:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

One of the sensors is the 'sending unit' and the other is the 'receiving unit'. If the light on the sending unit is not on then the light on the receiving unit will not be on. Your sending unit has quit for some reason. If you are sure the wiring is okay then you either have a bad sending unit or you have had a lightning strike nearby. Lightning usually hurts the logic board which is the brains to the thing. You can get an owners manual from Sears parts if you have the model number off the motor unit.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 12:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks - I didn't find this answer, so put another question....have had lots of lightning in the area, so that could be the problem. How can I check the logic board, or do I just need to try replacing it?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 12:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

There is no way to check the logic board other than replacement. Try calling around to your local shops and see if someone has a used one on hand. The part number is near where all those white wires go. It looks like 41AXXXX

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 12:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I saw several issues that are similar to my problem. Question? if the sensors are aligned properly, what should the colors be and should both be a continious light or should one be blinking. I too have an issue where the door has always worked properly but suddenly doesn't. If I hold the Primary control button down, the door will go up or dowm until i release the button. I did not experience any lighting strikes in the prior days to the problem. I sure hope someone can help. i contacted a Sears Authorized repair person and he said he would not attempt it. WOW

    Bookmark   August 8, 2006 at 7:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The color of the lights depend on the model number of the opener. The light should not be blinking and is an indication that the sensors are not properly aligned. Tweak them a bit to stop the blinking. What is it the Sears authorized repair person would not attempt?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2006 at 3:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My problem is similar....BUT:
The door will go up from the remote. It won't go down but has the typical action as if something is blocking the sensors. So, I noticed when opening the door, that the green LED went OUT about 1/2 way up the door opening sequence. The LED stayed off until the door was 1/2 way DOWN the close cycle - activated from the doorbell button in the garage. I bought a set of replacement sensors but wonder if it's the circuit board now... NO I haven't replaced the sensors yet.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 1:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Have you checked to make sure the sensors are aligned first. You either are going to have a orange light that is on all the time and a green light on the other when they are lined up right. Or you will have one green light that is on all the time and another green light that comes on when they are aligned. Check these if they are not working properly, then replace them. Normally it is just the sensors.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 9:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

What was the final solutions to problems noted above? I seem to now have same problem(s). Sears garage door opener working fine two days ago and then yesterday it will not close from door bell opener or remote. Will open. Will only close when hold down door bell opener button. Acts as if something is blocking sensors. Have removed sensors from mounting brackets and placed directly in front of each other. Still doesn't work. Neither sensor has its sensor light on even when in front of each other. Have checked and re-checked all wiring and hookups. All check out ok.
Does this mean I must replace sensors?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2008 at 4:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sure sounds like bad sensors to me. The light on the sending unit should be on all the time and the light on the receiving unit should only be lit when the two sensors are pointed at one another.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 10:59AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Does anyone know what the correct voltage to the sensors is supposed to be? I have same problem goes up ok, only goes down with primary wired button. One amber on sensor and the other will not light at all. Voltage to each is approx 3.3v but if that is too low then sensor replacement would be silly. 3/4 hp chain drive Sears GDO built 02/05. THX

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 3:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Measuring the voltage will not help you. There is an infra-red signal that must be detected for the sensors to operate properly. Your receiving sensor is most likely bad. That is a common problem.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 5:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks, Don, but it seems if the board is putting out the wrong voltage, then replacing the sensors would be a waste of time and money? The infra-red signal you refer to is generated by one sensor if and only if the correct voltage is applied to the sensor, am I wrong?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 5:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Videobill, you are correct it sounds like the sensor voltage is too low. The sensor on most openers I have worked on is between 9V and 24V. The power supply of the opener puts out a DC signal which allows the sensors to power up. The sending unit blinks the LED on and off at a rapid rate. The receiving unit sinks the power line down to a low voltage when the LED in the sender is detected. This happens fast so the power is not depleted from the units. Opener is then able to detect the proper operation of the sensors to create a "fail safe" system.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 11:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I seem to be having the same problem. Worked okay in morning but not that night. I've tried adjusting the sensors to no avail. One has a green light all the time and the one with the wire a geen light on and off. Can open from car or house but can only close by holding button in garage down. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 9:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I found the problem with my door going dn a few inches then reversing and the light blinking. i oil my door and track like every 6 months. and i know my sensors were good
and dont move.So What i Did was oil the shaft under the sproket that turns the chain.on the top of the opener and on the first try it worked no problems ever since. hopes this helps.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2008 at 2:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have Craftsman 1/2HP 139.18850 (1995).

The door or remotes won't open the door and I found another post that seems the same problem. "When pressing the wall button or outside keypad the motor (41A4315-7C) hums twice and does nothing. The green light up on the motor blinks 5 times, stops, blinks 5 times and so on"

Seems to indicate...The LED is blinking the code for "RPM sensor or motor overload".

I bought the 41C4398A RPM sensor assembly part and replaced it and the same problem happens so it's not the sensor itself.

My gears (worm, drive) look fine to me, a little chewed but still look 100% fine to me.

What else could cause the RPM sensor to stop the motor from turning? Is there some way to force turn the mechanism to see if it's jammed on a gear or tooth.

Not sure what to try next.


    Bookmark   December 22, 2008 at 2:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Have you found a fix yet? I have nearly identical issues as you. Crafstman 1/2 HP (Aug '95). My only difference is that the Green LED blinks four times repeatedly. Do you have the code for this?


    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 5:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Please Help me,

I just replaced my old Craftsman GDO with a new Craftsman unit, The installation was pretty easy. The problem that I am having is with the car remotes, I programed them at the motor just as the instructions said, to test them I got off the ladder and walked out to the driveway, about where I would be when I used it and no luck??
I kept trying it until it worked but I was inside of the garage?? Walking backward and trying it again I am now about two feet from the garage door and it works...with the door open once closed, it does not work at all

The old unit opened as we came up the driveway no problem!

Any thoughts??
Happy New Year

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 7:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a 10 year old Sears garage door opener that just quit.
There is power to the unit, however the two lights do not work and pushing the light and lock buttons on the console will show zero effects.
The garage door will not open or close.
There is no moice coming from the opener.
I checked for GFI trips and did not find any.
Need help!!!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 8:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Door will open but will not close with the remote button but will close if I hold the wall unit button down. If I hit the wall unit button once, the door opener lights starts to blink and the door does not move. One sensor lights is constant green and the other is constant amber. If this normal or are they both to be green? If I jiggle the sensor, the door will close once and once only. After that, it is back to holding the wall unit till the door is closed. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.............Irish

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 3:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If jiggling the sensor causes it to run once then I suspect bad wiring or maybe the sensors are loose and moving when the door runs. The lights are the correct color for your model.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 9:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I've been reading quite a few posts regarding issues with the Craftsman openers and wondering to myself, was it a smart way to go? I guess hind sight is 20/20. So, Christmas '07 we purchased a Craftsman 1/2 HP garage door opener as a gift for my mother-in-law. Less than 1.5 years later we're experiencing the same symptoms as schneider-rolfo. Door will not open or close or make any noise whatsoever when using either the remote or the hardwired console. The remote stopped working a few months ago and replacing batteries didn't resolve. Now, neither console or remote do anything. I noticed that one of the sensors' LEDs will not light regardless of alignment while the other is working (I don't recall if it's green or amber, but know that it is lit.) Could the issue be caused by a faulty sensor or might it be something else more serious?

Sears, who did the install, wants $65 just to come out to diagnose the problem and I'm sure it will be more to have them fix any issues as the warranty on these I've been told are only 60 or 90 days. Any thoughts before I spend the cost of a new opener to get someone out to look at and repair it?


    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 11:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I bought the garage door opener from Sears a 1.5 years
ago.It works fine. On Monday i use the button wall control
to open the door. The door go up haft the way and stop and no power to the motor, it's completely dead and i wait for
about 3 minutes and the power on and the door moved up about 1 foot and the power off again. It keep doing that on and off but the door open haft no up or down. I'd like to know What's wrong to it? It can fix or i have to buy a new one? Would some body have any idea? THank you.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2011 at 7:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

my wire broke right at my sensor housing, how do I get the wire connector out so i can rewire the connection.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 10:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Here's what i did. the sensors are a PAIN in the you know what.... The morning sun would also interfere with the infrared signal and i'd have to stand in front of it to block the sun lol, someone was always kicking them out of alignmnet or a ball would hit it, or you have to bag them to keep them from getting wet......ANYWAY....I removed the sensors from the bottom of the door, taped them together so they are looking at each other, and put it up out of the way...NO MORE SENSOR PROBLEMS SINCE!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 5:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The belt came off my sears craftsman garage door opener. How can I get it back on?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 10:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

my garage door opener suddenly stopped working. the opener will not open from either remote or wired switch. the green light is blinking slowly on and off. i hear a click for a few seconds when it is actuated but wont move. the gears are good and door moves freely.

part # 41a4315-7c

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 6:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a 1991 Sears 1/2hp Model#139.53615SR
Within the last month or so The door will open up on it's about once a week I come out and find the garage door is open. I've made adjustments on the force control. Please advise much appreciated

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 12:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a lift-Master model #1000SD. Garage door will only close if i press AND hold button down on either wall mounted button or remote. If i just quickly press button it will begin to lower but will suddenly back up and light bulb at the unit will flash about 5 times. The light indicator on either sensor is no longer lit at all. I inspected wiring and all connections as best i could and saw no loose/shorted/crimped wiring or anything to cause it to go out. Their is also a green LED flashing 2 times every 5 seconds or so at control center of unit.
note:The Lift-Master garage door WILL raise as it should without any problems at all, the problem is with it lowering. This problem began to occur after a lightning storm just over my area.

please advise

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 12:31PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hi friends, I am looking for cabinets for my garage...
Garage door won't open - even manually
Our garage door won�t open - the motor works,...
Buy a garage door
Need two 8x7 garage doors. I've narrowed it down to...
Garage Door Torsion Spring
Have you noticed that local HomeDepot/Lowes do not...
Craftsman garage door opener problems
I am having trouble with my 3 year old Craftsman garage...
Sponsored Products
Palisade 18" Woven Bamboo Wide Oval Blade Set by Fanimation Fans
$259.00 | Lumens
Stalwart 30-Piece Home Organization Set
$9.99 | zulily
RC110 Handheld Remote by Fanimation Fans
$89.00 | Lumens
GE Under Cabinet Lighting White 18 in. Fluorescent Light Fixture 10113
$32.97 | Home Depot
Home Decorators Collection Blinds & Shades Cut-to-Width White 2 in. Faux Wood
Home Decorators Collection
Progress Lighting Flush Mounts 2-Light Outdoor Black Flushmount P5745-31
$33.84 | Home Depot
Martha Stewart Living™ Garage Baskets - Set of 3
Home Decorators Collection
Santa Barbara 26 1/2" High Bronze Outdoor Wall Light
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™