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Advise on garage door openershrv
Oct 16, 2003 10:53 AM
Have an older Stanley chain drive (ca. 1984) that stopped working recently, either with the wall button or remote. Worth troubleshooting? Places to start?

Would I be able to re-use the existing chain system for the newer models? Hate to replace the whole thing if all I need is a power unit.

replace itmohair_chair
Oct 16, 2003 11:00 AM
The wall button should be pretty easy to fix, and you can replace the remote, but if that's not the problem, I'd just replace it. A new power unit is probably going to cost close to what an entire new opener will cost. That's how replacement parts usually work.

Another thing to consider is that your unit is 20 years old. Building codes have changed, so new units have additional safety features now. Plus, new units are usually much quieter.

When looking for a new one, keep in mind that just two manufacturers make most garage-door openers: Chamberlain makes Craftsman and LiftMaster models along with its own brand, while Overhead Door makes Genie units.
replace itloki_1
Oct 16, 2003 12:47 PM
save yourself the aggrevation. I just replaced both of my openers with craftsman. they have a few new features that make them safer and easier to use.

sensor across the opening - stops the door if something crosses it (like a child). Also, if you cross the sensor with the door open, it will automatically turn on the light.

Wireless keypad - i mounted mine outside the garage. Can control several doors with one keypad and different codes for each door.

programmable openers - i programmed the buttons on the opener so that i can open either door from inside my car.

open/close sensor - i have a unit next to my bed which shows whether the door is open or closed.
Sears is as low as $125. nmDougSloan
Oct 16, 2003 2:19 PM