Craftman 1/2 HP(Chain) Garage Opener help

wtbowen01January 27, 2009

My Garage Door has been working for 9 years, all of a sudden when I hit the button to raise the door, the door raised approx. 18 inches and stops. If I help pull up the door past this 18 inch stop point, it works fine. The garage door works fine coming down. I tried increasing the up force but it did not work. Any ideas?? Is it a torque problem?? Any ideas on repair costs?? If it is going to cost me over $100, I assume buy a new opener-


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First thing you want to do is check the door springs. Sounds like one has broken. The next step would be to remove the cover and check the drive gear. It is white nylon and is just in front of the motor.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 3:41PM
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Thanks for the information. I will check the drive gear, I don't see any door springs.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 11:51AM
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It has door springs. Check above the door with the door closed.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 4:47PM
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Adjusting the springs above the door is NOT a DIY job. It should be tagged as such. Use a garage door repair service.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 9:33PM
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