Garage door opener articles

These articles and videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you keep your garage door opener operating smoothly and safely. From tips to prevent safety sensor sun glare to troubleshooting remote control problems and how to make force adjustments if your garage door won't open or close, we can help. For more DIY advice, check out our garage door opener repair help section for common symptoms and their causes, error code information and step-by-step repair guides.

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Articles and videos common to all garage door openers

June 29, 2022
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August 17, 2021
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

December 1, 2020
Garage door won't close: safety sensor troubleshooting.

Learn how to check and fix safety sensor and wiring problems.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

January 16, 2019
Installing a sensor sun shield on a garage door opener.

This inexpensive gadget prevents sunlight interference with the sensors.

May 11, 2018
Garage door opener motor and travel troubleshooting.

Diagnose and repair problems if your garage door won’t move and the motor unit indicator light flashes 5 times.

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

July 1, 2016
How to make force adjustments if a garage door won't open or close.

Check out these troubleshooting tips if your garage door freezes on the way up or if it stops and reverses directions on the way down.

June 24, 2016
Garage door opener remotes won't work.

If your remotes don't work, you might need to disable the lock feature, eliminate RF interference or check the batteries.

June 2, 2016
Easy DIY garage door opener repairs.

You can repair your garage door opener yourself. We show you how.

March 4, 2015
How to open a garage door with an opener manually.

Learn how to open a garage door manually if power to your garage door opener fails.

January 5, 2015
These 10 tools are a must-have for appliance repair.

Come see which tools made our top 10 must-haves for DIY appliance repair.

November 26, 2014
How safe is your garage door opener?

Check these three things to make sure you garage door works safely.

June 1, 2013
Garage door opener common questions.

Find answers in these questions our experts are often asked about garage door openers.

January 1, 1970
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Symptoms common to all garage door openers

Choose a symptom to see related garage door opener repairs.

Things to do: check garage door travel, tighten brackets and fasteners, test safety sensors, check travel limits and force limits
Main causes: loose fasteners, broken brackets, need preventive maintenance, worn drive gears, loose or worn belt, loose chain
Main causes: faulty logic control board, bad RPM sensor, broken gears in the drive system, bad drive motor
Main causes: neighbor's remote programmed at the same time as yours, faulty wall control wiring, bad wall control unit
Main causes: garage door locked, damaged garage door tracks, up-force setting needs adjustment, RPM sensor failure, bad drive motor
Main causes: radio interference, weak remote batteries, sunlight interference with safety sensor beams, safety sensors need adjustment
Main causes: safety sensor beams blocked, safety sensors not aligned, downforce setting needs adjustment, damaged garage door tracks
Main causes: garage door opener misaligned, travel limits need adjustment, bad travel limit switches, faulty logic control board

Repair guides common to all garage door openers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your garage door opener.

How to replace a chain-drive garage door opener gear and sprocket assembly

Learn how to replace the gear and sprocket assembly on your garage door opener if the drive motor runs but the door won't move.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a garage door opener logic board

The logic board is the brains of the garage door opener. If the remote doesn't work or the door doesn't open and close properly, the logic board could be the problem. This repair guide shows you how to fix it yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a garage door opener drive chain and cable assembly

If your garage door won’t move, the chain and cable assembly on your garage door opener could be broken. Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less