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flomepp

07:17AM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 01/08/05
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I had a Craftsman garage door opener installed on Jan 20/04 and it has worked fine. Thought it was the best thing I had ever purchased. However, recently it only works sporadically (like it has a mind of its own!). I replaced battery in key pad but it didn't make any difference. Replaced battery in remote, it didn't make any difference. I reset the codes. Worked as long as I was on the step stool but by the time I moved car into garage and left the garage it stopped working. Two days later it worked fine. A few days later it wouldn't work. ***** personnel couldn't tell me what the problem is. Wall mounted opener works fine. Only suggestion was that there must be something in the neighborhood that is causing radio interference. How do I find out where the interference is coming from? I am at least 5 miles from the nearest airport. No construction equipment in the area that I know of. Help!

Jim D

12:23PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Flomepp - hi, I'm not totally convinced it's a radio interference problem just yet, since it appears to be sporadic. However, here's some possible sources of radio frequency interference (RFI): CB radio, amateur radio, wireless network in a house (yours or a neighbor's), cordless phone, cell phone, microwave oven, flourescent lighting (bulbs and the ballast can generate RFI), TV/stereo remote controls, police radar units, radio-controlled toys...

Another thought is did any of your neighbors recently get a similar garage door opener (GDO)? Even though they probably have different security codes in them, the remotes operate on the same radio frequency (which should be listed in your owner's manual). Knowing what that frequency is may help you narrow down the possibilities. The wall mounted switch wouldn't be affected since it's hard-wired to the GDO unit. Also, I'm confident you followed the procedures in the owner's manual when resetting the security codes and reprogramming your GDO to accept your remote controls.

Finally, did the antenna for your GDO get moved? Normally they use a vertical (up and down) orientation. Moving it towards a horizontal orientation could affect its ability to receive your remote's signals.

I hope this gives you some ideas on things to check - good luck and regards! Jim D/West Point, VA

Piffin

04:43PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
***** is not primo stuff, IMO. I refuse to install them anymore.

But based on your description, do you have a receptacle to pug ity into on the garage cieling or is iut hard wired?

If the receptacle, make sure the pug is snug. It could be that the plug contacts are weak and jiggle loose. I have seen this on more than one brand of openner

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