Garage door won't close with remote for 2 minutes

redglareAugust 1, 2010

Please excuse yet another garage door question. I have read through the forums, but my problem is slightly different. Using the remote I can open the overhead garage door, but cannot close it with the remote for a couple of minutes. The wall switch will work, but to use the remote I have to wait a couple of minutes.

The unit has been in for 10 years. The sensors are clean, adjusted and are solid green. The opener makes no noises at all. All I have to do is wait two minutes then the remote works again.

The symptoms happen regardless of night or day, cool or warm outside.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Have your changed the battery in the remote?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 12:29AM
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Yes, I replaced the batteries in both remotes. I also wanted to add that the door operates smoothly and does not bind. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 2:24PM
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If the same thing is happening with two different remotes, that pretty much leaves the receiver that is part of the logic board. It is likely a failed or marginal component is causing the problem. Repair would not be cost effective for a ten year old system.

One outside possibility is interference from something that is triggered when the door is opened. If you have something that gets turned on or responds in any way when the door is opened or movement is sensed in the garage, then investigate that device by disabling it while trying the door again.

Possible candidates are fluorescent lights, some kinds of wired motion detectors, any wireless motion detector, and any alarm system that transmits radio signals on any frequency.

Other than that, it's probably time for a new unit.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 3:17PM
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Thanks for your help creek side. No new electronics (lights, alarms, etc.) have been added to the garage. I even turned off all power except for the door opener, but no luck.
I finally gave up and bought a new one!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 12:49AM
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